Research-Center for Silicon-Photovoltaics

Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP

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Increasing prices for energy and depletion of fossil fuels are driving forces behind the development and use of renewable sources of energy. A major challenge for the photovoltaic industry – and we are ready to meet this challenge! The Fraunhofer CSP contributes to ensuring that alternative energy can be offered at the same price as conventional energy.

For this purpose, we are combining the know-how of two institutes in Halle (Saale): the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM is specialized in optimizing and evaluating silicon process technologies und module integration. The largest European solar energy research institute Fraunhofer ISE offers its skills in manufacturing materials, in the development of photovoltaic cells and modules as well as analytical skills.

The Fraunhofer CSP provides expert advice, scientific know-how and high-tech equipment for various services. Get in touch with us!

The Fraunhofer CSP is a joint activity for Fraunhofer IWM and Fraunhofer ISE.

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High-Efficiency Silicon Float-Zone Solar-Cells from Low-Cost Feed-Material

The Float Zone (FZ) method allows the growth of silicon crystals with one to two orders of magnitude lower oxygen concentrations than any other growth method is able to. This makes FZ wafers exceptionally suited for power electronics, where low oxygen is mandatory, but also for high-efficiency solar cells, since no degradation by the formation of boron-oxygen complexes will occur.

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