Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP
The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP collaborates with partners from science and industry. The Fraunhofer CSP works closely with universities, facilities located on the weinberg campus in Halle as well as with the IMWS and ISE Fraunhofer institutes. Apart from that, it is known for its partnerships with a large number of companies in the photovoltaics supply chain in Central Germany.
Cooperation with Universities
Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster SolarPolymers
The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP is a partner in the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster »Polymers and Polymer Technologies for the Solar Industry«.
Solarvalley Sachsen-Anhalt e. V.
Association for the Promotion of Science, Research, Application and Education in the Field of Photovoltaics in Saxony-Anhalt.
Solarvalley Mitteldeutschland e. V.
Association for the Promotion of Science, Research, Application and Education in the Field of Photovoltaics and for the Promotion of Research and Development Results. .
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT
Microstructural analysis of defects in multicrystalline silicon is performed in collaboration with the photovoltaics group headed by Prof. Buonassisi.
Networks within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
The »Fraunhofer Attract« grant is the excellence stipend programme of Fraunhofer. »Fraunhofer Attract« invites outstanding researchers to develop their ideas towards innovations at Fraunhofer.
Up- and down-conversion in glass ceramics for highly efficient solar cells
Down-conversion cover plates and up-conversion layers on the back of solar modules are expected to lead to considerable improvements of solar cell efficiency. Incident light is changed and shifted to the energy range available to solar cells which brings about an increase in efficiency without any modifications to the cell itself.
Within this project, optically active glass ceramics are adapted to this type of application by selecting an appropriate activator (rare earths). They are transparent within the optical region of the spectrum and ideally suited for this application. Both optical functionality and mechanical properties of glass ceramics will be examined and improved.
The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP and the Fraunhofer IWM in Halle carried out this project until September 2012.
PD Dr. Stefan Schweizer
Phone +49 2921 378-194