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Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP

  • Optimized light management: Fraunhofer CSP develops new test to reduce optical losses in solar module

    The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP and the companies f solar GmbH, KURARAY Europe GmbH and SCHLENK AG are working together to increase solar panel energy efficiency: The three companies are combining their respective products into test panels and research is underway to determine the best possible combination. Fraunhofer CSP is contributing to the project with the development of an innovative method of characterization that examines and evaluates each individual component. The exact calibration of each individual component leads to an overall increase in efficiency of the newly created system of more than 5%. [more]

  • Scientists are laminating a solar cell at CSP in Halle. (© Fraunhofer CSP)

    Fraunhofer Research news: Embedding photovoltaic modules more quickly

    Solar cells must endure a lot: snow, hot summer days, rain and humidity. To provide maximum protection to the cells, the manufacturers embed them in plastic, usually in ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA).
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  • Solar Power Sets a Precedent

    HORGEN, Schweiz – 27. November 2012 – The Rainbow4Children Foundation teaches over 950 disadvantaged children at the Nicolas Robinson School in the Ethiopian town of Mekele. Up until now, adequate electricity supply was lacking especially for ensuring water distribution. Thanks to Dow, this is now a thing of the past: in collaboration with the highly regarded Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP, the Company has provided a reliable electricity supply benefiting Ethiopian pupils. [more]

  • Fraunhofer CSP presents results of potential induced degradation (PID)

    Halle, June 11th 2012 - In the last years degradations of crystalline silicon solar modules were observed in installations if the cell polarized with a negative voltage bias. This occurs if transformerless inverters are used. The effect was called potential induced degradation (PID). [more]

  • Scientific Comment of Fraunhofer to Life Cycle Assessement of CdTe Photovoltaics

    Several studies have been carried out over the last years to investigate the environmental profile of CdTe photovoltaics and energy pay-back time. The most recent studies are based on the module production data of First Solar from 2004-2011 [1]-[3], [5], [7], [15], [16] and Abound Solar [10]. [more]

  • Fraunhofer CSP boosts R&D in the field of silicon crystallization

    The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics (CSP) in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt has increased research and development work in its »Laboratory for Crystallization Technology LKT«. The lab is an important element in the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft's solar research activities, and helps to maintain and expand the leading position in the German photovoltaic industry. Head of the »Laboratory for Crystallization Technology LKT« is Dr. habil. Peter Dold. After two intermediate stations in Sendai (Japan) and Waterloo (Canada) Dr. Dold now manages the Fraunhofer CSP together with Prof. Jörg Bagdahn. [more]

  • Scientific Comment of Fraunhofer to Life Cycle Assessement of CdTe Photovoltaics

    Several studies have been carried out over the last years to investigate the environmental profile of CdTe photovoltaics and energy pay-back time. These studies were mainly based on the module production data of First Solar from 2004-2009 [1-3; 5; 7; 12; 13] and Antec Solar [4,6]. [more]

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