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  • Leco Solarzelle
    © Fraunhofer CSP

    The next generation of solar cells will contribute significantly to a sustainable power supply on a global scale. For state of the art technologies such as PERC (Passivated emitter and rear cell, a team from the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP has now researched an active mechanism that can be used to optimize high-performance cells.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Automated and measurement-based process control as a new path to a photovoltaic industry 4.0: The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP aims to drive technological developments in international photovoltaics for competitive production processes from Germany with an industry-oriented platform that offers the possibility of interplay between statistical quality control and new approaches to data-based process analysis.

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  • Klemens Ilse
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    The contamination of solar modules by dust and sand causes significant yield losses in the increasing use of photovoltaic systems in desert regions. In his doctoral thesis, Dr. Klemens Ilse from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS researched the causes, analyzed the magnitudes and developed solution strategies. For this he was awarded the Schott AG Materials Prize.

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  • © Sandia

    More data, more collaboration, more opportunities for photovoltaics: A new platform for investigating the performance and reliability of solar systems in different environments and climate zones worldwide will provide an important basis for an even broader and more efficient use of solar energy. The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaic CSP in Halle (Saale) is among the founding members of the recently launched PV CAMPER platform.

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  • In the project entitled Reliability Design, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS together with other partners plans to develop an efficient and trustworthy method for predicting the reliability and working life of inverters for use in photovoltaic and battery storage systems. The method could make a significant contribution to reducing the costs of generating electricity.

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  • Photovoltaik Qualitätskontrolle digital
    © Fraunhofer CSP

    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. Visitors will be able to experience a mobile test device for the PID susceptibility of solar modules, get to know new approaches for the reliable design of lightweight modules and find out how to optimize complex processes, for example, for the evaluation of yield by evaluating measured data.

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  • Cooperation for sustainable fertilizer industry

    Press Release / August 03, 2018

    MoU Fraunhofer OCP Marokko
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    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. The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work jointly on solutions for a sustainable fertilizer industry.

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  • Portrait Prof. Ralph Gottschalg, neuer Leiter des Fraunhofer-Centers für Silizium-Photovoltaik CSP in Halle (Saale).
    © Fraunhofer CSP

    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.

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  • SOLAR.shell Photovoltaik Fassade Energiebedarf Gebäude
    © Fraunhofer CSP/Christiane Rex

    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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  • 10 years of Fraunhofer CSP

    Press release / October 25, 2017

    Weinberg Campus Halle Fraunhofer Photovoltaik
    © Fraunhofer CSP

    A proficient competence centre for photovoltaics and important driving force for the economy: The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale) was established 10 years ago. The research establishment’s anniversary was celebrated today as part of an international symposium. Sachsen-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Dr. Reiner Haselhoff and many partners from commerce, politics and science were amongst the well-wishers. At the same time, the ground was symbolically broken for a new solar park.

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