Best Poster Award for Fraunhofer CSP at EU PVSEC

How can losses in yield be reduced when using solar modules in the desert? New approaches of the Fraunhofer CSP were awarded at the EU PVSEC conference.

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Adele Ara and Ralph Gottschalg lead »Task Force O&M and Asset Management« by SolarPower Europe

SolarPower Europe's O&M and Asset Management Task Force elected Adele Ara from Lightsource BP as Chair, and Ralph Gottschalg from Fraunhofer CSP as Vice-Chair.

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Digitization boosts quality control: Fraunhofer CSP to present new approaches at Intersolar

The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP presents innovative contributions to quality control in the solar industry at the Intersolar trade fair from 15.-17. May 2019 in Munich.

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Fraunhofer IMWS and OCP Group strengthen cooperation

Mainstreaming Green Hydrogen and Green Ammonia as raw materials for the fertilizer industry: With this goal in mind, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) and the OCP Group of Morocco, the world's largest exporter of phosphates, will cooperate even more closely in the future.

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Susanne Richter honoured with Heinz-Bethge-Prize

Dr. Susanne Richter has received the Young Scientist Prize of the Heinz Bethge Foundation for Applied Electron Microscopy. The results of her research could help to develop further the reliability of solar cells and high-efficiency solar cell concepts.

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New materials for thin-film solar modules

Exhausting the potential of thin-film solar modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe) and making it usable for production on an industrial scale is the objective of a joint project of the Fraunhofer CSP and Calyxo GmbH.

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House walls turned into solar power plants

C3 is Germany’s largest building research project. The Fraunhofer CSP, one of the C3 project partners, wants to use carbon concrete to produce solar electricity.

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Photovoltaik Bestaendig Konstanz Test
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The performance of solar cell modules is analyzed on the institute’s test panel.

To make photovoltaics more efficient, to improve the reliability and life of solar cells and modules and to develop new, microstructure-based technologies for our clients – these are our goals at the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP. The main areas of our work are in solar cell diagnostics, the manufacture and evaluation of silicon wafers and issues regarding module technology and module reliability.

We work along the respective value-adding chains with all relevant technologies and find solutions to material and process-related challenges. We open up new possible applications for photovoltaics, for example, through curved or particularly lightweight modules for use in or rather on buildings and in car roofs or systems for use in extreme climates, and in doing so we contribute to climate research.

We offer:

  • Failure diagnostics and reliability analysis
  • Characterization of photovoltaic materials
  • Power measurement and yield analysis
  • Production and evaluation of semiconductor wafers
  • Life and environmental simulation
  • Development and prototypical production of solar modules and their reliability testing under laboratory and climatic conditions
  • Hydrogen production and storage in interaction with renewable energy