Maximum Solar Power from the House Façade

Aesthetic and efficient at the same time: The outstanding design of the “SOLAR.shell” solar façade developed by architects from the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig) and scientists from Fraunhofer CSP means that it generates up to 50 percent more solar power than conventionally installed solar modules – and it looks good too.

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How House Walls Can Be Used as Solar Power Plants

At the Fraunhofer CSP, researchers want to integrate photovoltaics into carbon concrete composites.

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More Efficiency, Less Losses

A third-cell module, developed by the Fraunhofer CSP, increases the efficiency of the module by means of a special interconnection design and furthermore reduces losses during shading.

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Technology Line for Standard and Sondermodules

With its Module Technology Center, Fraunhofer CSP offers module manufacturers and material suppliers for joint application-oriented research projects a platform for the development of all production processes regarding photovoltaic module production.

Module Technology

In the field of module technology, we conduct research on standard modules and specialized modules. As far as standard modules are concerned, lowering the electricity generation costs is of primary importance. This can be achieved either by increasing the performance (cell-to-module power ratio – CTM), process development for new less expensive materials, or new and more efficient technologies.

Specialized modules fulfill important functions in specific photovoltaic applications. For example, we develop products, processes and materials to be used in buildings (BIPV – Building Integrated Photovoltaics) or in mobile applications (VIPV- Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaics).

We offer:

  • An automated technology line to manufacture solar modules in all formats up to 2.2m x 2.6m with a thickness of up to 5cm and a manual technology line to manufacture special modules in sizes of 1m x 2m with a thickness of up to 30cm.
  • Analytics to characterize solder connections and the optical properties of solar modules and solar module components
  • Simulation of optical, electrical and thermal properties of solar modules

 

Development of
Processes and Measures for Efficiency Improvement and New Materials

 

Development of New Products for Specific
Applications

Manufacturing of Standard and Sondermodules

3D vacuum laminator
© Fraunhofer CSP
Matthias Schak and Michael Wendt while equipping the 3D vacuum laminator.
  • Module production line (Module size 0.7 x 1.2 m up to 2.2 x 2.6 m)
  • Fully automatic industrial tabber stringer for whole and half cells with 3, 4 or 5 bus bars
  • Glass washing machine
  • Variable cell string layup
  • Lab and large scale module laminator
  • RTP oven
  • Screen printer
  • cross section preparation station
  • Precision testing machines for cell interconnection and module packaging characterization

Interconnection Technologies

Solar cell soldering
© Fraunhofer CSP
Solar cell soldering in IR soldering unit.
  • Cross section preparation tools for specimen make for microstructure analyses
  • Cross section analysis by light microscopy, SEM, etc. incl. material compound analysis and formation (DIC; POL, EDX, etc.)
  • Characterization of time and temperature dependant material behavior of interconnection materials (TMA, DMA, DSC, TGA)
  • Contact angle measurement equipment for static / dynamic measurements of contact angles and surface tension
  • Wetting balance tester for logging wetting force time progression
  • Pull-/shear tester for evaluation of the mechanical strength of PV contact structures
  • Ultrasonic microscopy and X-ray scanner for non-destructive analysis of interconnection interfaces and contact formation
  • Assembly and soldering stations for test applications and specimen production on cell and module level
  • Laser profilometer and confocal white light microscope for surface structure analyses of cell metallizations, etc.

 

Sun Power from House Walls

 

Solar Power for Truck Roofs

 

GiSMo - Building Integrated Solar Module