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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Flexible photovoltaic modules for trucks

At the IAA Commercial Vehicles, Fraunhofer CSP and Continental Automotive GmbH presented a truck with integrated solar modules on the roof and the wind deflector of the driver’s cab.

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New potentials through Raman spectroscopy

Raman spectroscopy can be used to analyze contamination on or in the material of solar cells In a joint project with partners, Fraunhofer CSP tests this non-destructive and non-contact method for quality control.

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Materials Prize goes to Rico Meier

The Advisory Board at Fraunhofer IMWS honored Rico Meier for the ultrasonic examination of the mechanical properties of copper band for photovoltaic modules.

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Klemens Ilse receives Best Student Paper Award

The soiling of photovoltaic modules in desert regions by dust presents a major challenge. At Fraunhofer CSP, a test station has been developed to simulate the soiling behavior in the laboratory.

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Impulses for photovoltaics: Ralph Gottschalg takes the lead of Fraunhofer CSP

Prof. Ralph Gottschalg is to become the new head of the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale). The physicist comes from Loughborough University/England. At the same time, Gottschalg will take up a professorship in the field of photovoltaic energy systems at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences.

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Photovoltaics

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