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.

Scientific Highlight of the Month

Laser-generated Microstructures in Glass for Improved Light Management in Solar Modules

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP and the Hochschule Anhalt have developed a process, which will perspectively enhance the harvesting of sunlight incident on a solar module. This so-called light management has the goal to redirect that part of light to the active areas of solar cells, which is normally being lost for power generation (e.g., by reflection on the metal contacts or absorption in the spaces between the individual solar cells).

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