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Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE

Einseitige Inline-Kupferabscheidung auf Siliciumsolarzellen mit lichtinduzierter Galvanik

Elektrochemische Prozesse zur Kontaktierung von Solarzellen werden am Fraunhofer ISE bereits seit mehreren Jahren verfolgt. Sie sind schnell, kostengünstig und laufen bei niedrigen Temperaturen ab. Bereits relativ etablierte Verfahren wie der galvanische Vollaufbau von Solarzellenkontakten aus Nickel, Kupfer und Zinn stehen unmittelbar vor der Marktreife. In der gezeigten industrienahen Anlage zur Kupferabscheidung werden diese Verfahren durch das Fraunhofer ISE gemeinsam mit seinen Industriepartnern für erste Kunden bemustert. Daneben erforscht das Fraunhofer ISE auch innovative Verfahren wie das elektrochemische Strukturieren von Aluminium. Unsere Expertise bezüglich der elektrochemischen Gegebenheiten in Kombination mit Prozesstechniken führte hier zur Idee eines vollständig neuen Strukturierungsansatzes, der für diverse fortschrittliche Zellkonzepte die Möglichkeit zur Metallstrukturierung bei niedriger Temperatur mit nur einem einfachen Prozessschritt bietet. (Foto: Achim Käflein)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE conducts research on the technology needed to supply energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialised, threshold and developing countries. To this purpose, the Institute develops systems, components, materials and processes in the areas of the thermal use of solar energy, solar building, solar cells, electrical power supplies, chemical energy conversion, energy storage and the rational use of energy.

The Institute's work ranges from fundamental scientific research relating to solar energy applications, through the development of production technology and prototypes, to the construction of demonstration systems. The Institute plans, advises and provides know-how and technical facilities as services.

Current Press Releases
“Virtual Lab” Specializes in Ultra-High Efficiency Solar Cells from Europe – CEA Tech and Fraunhofer ISE Strengthen their Cooperation
Jun 24, 2015

Germany and France are European leaders in the fields of semiconductor technology and solar cell research. In order to strengthen the already existing collaboration between the CEA’s technological research unit, CEA Tech in Grenoble and Chambery, France and the German Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, the two partners have concluded a collaboration agreement to create a common “Virtual Lab”. With this lab, Fraunhofer ISE and CEA Tech intend to combine forces in near-industry research to further develop high efficiency multi-junction solar cells, educate young scientists and work together to develop prototypes of next generation ultra-high efficiency solar cells. The launch of the joint lab officially began in May 2015 with the signing of the collaboration agreement.

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Fit for the Energy System of the Future – European Project Team Presents Planning Tool for the Distribution Grid
Jun 23, 2015

Due to the rising penetration of photovoltaics, heat pumps and electric vehicles (EV) in the power distribution grid, the requirements for grid flexibility and stability are increasing. Just how existing power grids can be made fit for the future was the topic of a cooperative German, Danish and Dutch project in which the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE was involved. Over a period of three years, the project partners from research and industry took well-proven techno-economic modelling and optimization tools and implemented them into the new NEMO tool suite. This forward-looking tool prepares the distribution grid for the energy system of the future, by predicting the interaction between decentralized suppliers and consumers in realistic future scenarios. After the test phase was successfully completed in all three countries, a workshop was held to present the capabilities and advantages of this new tool to distribution and transmission grid operators as well as associations, grid service providers and system operators.

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News
Sustainability Summit Freiburg, October 19/20, 2015 - Early Bird Registration until August 16

June 18, 2015

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Stefan Glunz Receives Professorship at the University of Freiburg

On June 8th, Dr. Stefan Glunz was newly appointed professor for the field of photovoltaic energy conversion at the University of Freiburg. Stefan Glunz will carry out his professorial responsibilities in tandem with his function as division director of “Solar Cells – Development and Characterization” at Fraunhofer ISE.

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Events / Trade Fairs
Intersolar North America
San Francisco, USA
Jul 13, 2015 - Jul 16, 2015

With events spanning four continents, Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners. Intersolar North America takes place annually in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Since its establishment in 2008, the exhibition and conference have developed into the premier platform for the solar industry in North America. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies.

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66th The International Motor Show Cars
Frankfurt, Germany
Sep 07, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015

The International Motor Show Cars (IAA) is the world's most comprehensive show of the automotive industry for everybody who develops, manufactures or uses passenger cars. A special feature is the large presence of suppliers throughout the whole automotive value added chain. Around 400 exhibitors from the supply industry are presenting their products.

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31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Hamburg
Sep 14, 2015 - Sep 18, 2015

The 30th EU PVSEC takes place from Monday to Friday, 14 to 18 September 2015 at CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany. It will be the most important international Conference in the field of Photovoltaics in 2015. The experts of the PV solar branch meet in Hamburg to discuss new concepts, trends and developments in science and industry. The EU PVSEC provides the most inspiring platform for dialogue and information exchange across the World.

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The Battery Show
Detroit, USA
Sep 15, 2015 - Sep 17, 2015

The Battery Show 2015 is the premier showcase of the latest advanced battery technology. The exhibition hall offers a platform to launch new products, make new contacts and maintain existing relationships. With more qualified buyers and decision makers than any other event in North America, The Battery Show 2015 is the key to unlocking your future business opportunities.

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