International workshop on the future of quality assurance of photovoltaic systems

At the workshop "Quality Assurance of Solar PV Systems" representatives of various companies and research institutions met to discuss how to reduce the risk for all participants along the value chain.

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Hamed Hanifi from Fraunhofer CSP honored at IC-SEWEN19

At the International Conference on Sustainable Energy-Water-Environment (IC-SEWEN 19) in Qatar, Hamed Hanifi from the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Pho-tovoltaic CSP was awarded for the "Best Student Oral Presentation" in the conference’s energy track.

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Test Method for Photovoltaic Wafers

What would be the ideal process for the strength testing of photovoltaic wafers? Fraunhofer CSP has defined a standard procedure.

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Quality Assurance for Photovoltaics

The Fraunhofer CSP is your partner for reliability evaluation of solar cells, modules and systems under laboratory and application conditions as well as for chemical, electrical, optical and microstructural material and component characterization. Based on our understanding of failure mechanisms, we develop measurement methods, devices and manufacturing processes for materials  and components with increased reliability.

We conduct applied research in the fields of silicon crystallization, PV 4.0, solar cell characterization and module design. Together with our customers, we develop new technologies, manufacturing processes and product concepts along the entire photovoltaic value chain. We support PV plant builders, operators and investors with yield forecasts, smart maintenance concepts and data-based fair value determination.

The Fraunhofer CSP was founded in 2007 as a joint facility of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructures of Materials and Systems IMWS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

Areas of Research


PV Recycling




Material Analytics


and Metrology


Wafering and Material Processing


Data and Process


Module Technology


Module and System

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Ralph Gottschalg elected to lead SolarPower Europe Task Force

Adele Ara from Lightsource BP has been elected Chair and Ralph Gottschalg from Fraunhofer CSP Vice-Chair of the "Task Force O&M and Asset Management". The Task Force is committed to innovative solutions and maximum quality in the operation and maintenance of PV systems.



Hamed Hanifi awarded at IC-SEWEN19 in Qatar.

At the International Conference on Sustainable Energy-Water-Environment (IC-SWEN 19) in Qatar, Hamed Hanifi was awarded the "Best Student Oral Presentation" in the field of energy by the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP. His presentation presented how solar modules should be interconnected and installed in desert areas so that there is less loss of yield due to pollution.



LeTID-benchmark of PERC-modules

Higher efficiencies, more market share: PERC cells are gaining ground in the photovoltaic industry. At the same time, the up-and-coming solar cell technology is being hit particularly hard by failures caused by light and elevated temperatures (LeTID for short). The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP has intensively investigated this susceptibility to degradation and has now published a benchmark.


Ralph Gottschalg succeeds Jörg Bagdahn

Prof. Ralph Gottschalg is to become the new head of the department of reliability and technology for grid parity at 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.