Ideal cross-linking degrees for solar modules through optimized quality control
The encapsulation of solar cells is of great importance for the overall performance of a solar module. Only if this has a seamless finish, protection of the solar cells from environmental influences can be guaranteed. In a new project, Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP and its partners are investigating the ideal degree of cross-linking for module reliability in order to increase the stability, reliability of supply, system performance and productivity of photovoltaic systems.
Fraunhofer IMWS ranked among Germany’s most innovative companies
The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) has been awarded as one of "Germany's most innovative companies" for the fourth time in a row. The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP is also represented with the highest rating in this ranking.
Sensors that function reliably even at extremely high temperatures or in corrosive environments are in demand, for example, for use in energy technology, such as geothermal or turbine applications, or in chemical technology. In a new joint project, the Fraunhofer IMWS is contributing its expertise in materials analysis and has developed new possibilities for materials characterization in the high-temperature range.
Prof. Dr. Erica Lilleodden is new director of the Fraunhofer IMWS
Materials scientist Prof. Dr. Erica Lilleodden has been appointed as director of the Fraunhofer IMWS. She takes over this post from Prof. Dr. Matthias Petzold, who had successfully led the institute on an interim basis since October 2019.
Efficient lightweight sandwich technology for climate-friendly logistics systems
In a new project, the Fraunhofer IMWS is pursuing the goal of optimizing large load carriers. By using thermoplastic-based sandwich constructions, they can combine low dead weight, high stability, flexible design and a CO2-saving life cycle.
With new facilities for thermoplastic-based lightweight construction, sustainable tire applications, and digital component development and production processes in plastics processing, the polymer processing area at the Fraunhofer PAZ in Schkopau has been expanded. A total of a good 11 million euros was invested.
Data platform to increase efficiency, productivity and sustainability on copper alloy materials
The Fraunhofer IMWS wants to provide a platform with data on copper alloy materials along the entire life cycle together with partners. The data, which is linked by means of ontologies, connects material characterization, alloy development, performance and service life through to recycling.
Power electronic components for offshore wind turbines
New components from the chip to the system level, developed by Fraunhofer IMWS and partners, reduce switching losses, improve power density and reliability, and enable a 50 percent increase in service life.
Infrared thermography for analysis of the heat conduction path
Sufficient cooling of heat-sensitive components is essential in many areas of technology, such as LEDs. A patented process developed by the Fraunhofer Application Center (AWZ) for Inorganic Phosphors together with the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Soest is designed to help detect and evaluate weak points.
We open up new potential for the use of polymers - for example, as lightweight construction materials for the automotive and aviation industry, in efficient tyres or as plastics made of renewable raw materials.