Offshore solar plants with an output of up to one gigawatt
Oceans of Energy, together with fifteen leading European partners, announces the launch of a joint EU industry project to scale up offshore solar technology to 150 MW formats, enabling the construction of gigawatt-scale installations. These building blocks are to become a new standard for offshore energy parks.
More efficient solar cells: Stefan Lange receives Heinz Bethge Prize for Materials Science
Stefan Lange from the Fraunhofer CSP in Halle (Saale) has been awarded the Heinz Bethge Prize for Materials Science, worth 500 euros, by the Heinz Bethge Foundation for Applied Electron Microscopy for his dissertation entitled "Parasitic oxides at buried interfaces in modern silicon solar cells".
Scalable solutions for green hydrogen production in South Africa
The recently started "HySecunda" project aims to find optimized solutions for producing, storing and certifying green hydrogen. Nine Fraunhofer institutes and the Fraunhofer Academy contribute their competences.
Novel encapsulation and backsheet films for extreme durability of photovoltaic modules
The quality and manufacturing of the encapsulation and backsheet films play an important role in the reliability of a solar module. Together with partners, the Fraunhofer CSP is investigating new types of encapsulation and backsheet films for PV modules that should have a service life of at least 40 years.
Photovoltaic modules must be cleaned regularly to optimally utilize the sunlight. Chemical additives are intended to enhance the cleaning effect. However, these can bring with them a high potential for damage. The Fraunhofer CSP has developed a test method to investigate the material compatibility of such cleaning agents and effects on the functionality of modules.
Standardizable method for testing PV module back sheets
PV modules are designed for a service life span of more than 25 years. However, first signs of damage to the electrical insulation can already be observed in many modules after only being in use for 4-8 years. This applies often to modules with polymeric back sheets. The Fraunhofer CSP is working on an improved field-relevant test method for these back sheets for an operational service life span of more than 20 years.