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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
The PV Module Reliability Workshop Goes to Britain! – Experts Gather to Discuss the Latest Test Methods and Measuring Tools
Mar 24, 2015

This year’s PV Module Reliability workshop is being held at Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) in Leicestershire, UK, from April 16-17. This time around, the international speakers and participants will largely focus on new test methods and measuring tools being used and developed to enhance commonly performed PV module reliability tests. A further key area of discussion will be the recording and analysis of climate-induced stress and environmental influence. In addition to the hosts themselves, the list of speakers will comprise renowned research and industry representatives.

Flex4Energy: Managing Flexibility Intelligently – Flexibility Manager Developed by Members of the StoREgio Energy Storage Systems Association

April 17 2015

With increasing amounts of fluctuating renewable energy like wind and solar being fed decentrally into the local and regional distribution grid, the need for flexible options that balance supply and demand becomes greater, even on this level. Flexible options for delivering or supplying energy are sought. In the project “Flex4Energy”, the partners StoREgio, HSE, ads-tec, Fraunhofer IESE, Fraunhofer ISE and the University of Darmstadt are developing a trading platform for flexibility operators on the distribution grid for the first time. Such flexibility offers are found in the form of storage systems, controllable loads or consumers. This project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for the Economy and Energy (BMWi) with ca. 3 million euros.

Indian company Vikram Solar signed Memorandum of Understanding with Fraunhofer ISE

April 16, 2015

The Indian company Vikram Solar signed Memorandums of understanding with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE as well as with the companies Meyer Burger and Centrotherm at Hannover Messe.
The goal of these partnerships is to further optimize the module production technology at Vikram Solar, make preparations for cell manufacturing at the company, and establish a solar academy in India.

Read full press release (vikramsolar.com)

Events / Trade Fairs
Workshop: Towards an energy system in Europe based on Renewables - Exploring synergies between European countries
Apr 21, 2015

Fraunhofer ISE organises a workshop on 21 April 2015 in Berlin, where the project results of the energy research project RES-DEGREE are presented. Within this project the integration of renewable energy sources as well as the long-term development of renewable energy-technologies in the European electricity markets are investigated

9th SNEC PV Power Expo
Shanghai, China
Apr 28, 2015 - Apr 30, 2015

At the 9th SNEC PV Power Expo leaders, entrepreneurs and top scientists representing Asian, European and American photovoltaic industry associations will gather and held a dialogue on sustainable development of the PV industry.

International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics HOPV 2015
Rome, Italy
May 10, 2015 - May 13, 2015

HOPV has been consolidated since 2009 as a unique forum for the advances in hybrid and organic photovoltaics. Now the 7th edition chaired by Prof. Filippo de Angelis and Prof. Mike McGehee, kindly invite you to present your latest research and participate in a major event in Rome, 10-13 May 2015.

Intersolar Europe
Munich, Germany
Jun 09, 2015 - Jun 12, 2015

Intersolar Europe takes place annually at Messe München. It is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and renewable heating. The accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference consolidates the topics of the exhibition. In 2014, more than 1,100 attendees and around 200 speakers discussed current industry topics and shed light on the background of technological, market and political developments.


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