Photonic and Electronic Power Devices

In the research topic "Photonic and Power Electronic Components", we develop special photovoltaic cells and other photonic, optoelectronic and power electronic devices for applications beyond traditional solar cells. These include, for example, photonic power converters for laser light (also known as laser power converters, optical power converters or phototransducers), thermophotovoltaic cells for converting thermal radiation, indoor photovoltaic cells, special power diodes or detectors. In 2021, we achieved an efficiency of 68.9%, the highest value to date for the conversion of light into electricity.

Our research focuses on the model-based design of devices, taking into account optical, electrical and thermal properties, for example to develop advanced cell concepts with increased output voltage, optimization for special spectra (laser, LED, artificial room light, thermal radiation from hot emitters), or high breakdown voltage. Using metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE), we develop complex layer structures, absorber materials with adapted band gaps, transparent tunnel diodes, and processes for rapid growth. We process epi-wafers into functional devices and develop thin-film processes for the integration and optimization of electrically conductive mirror layers. For the development of prototypes, we work on assembly and connection technologies for mechanical assembly, electrical contacting, optical coupling and thermal connection, and test modules for reliability in operation. 

We are globally connected with excellent research groups and offer customer-oriented solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and large industrial companies. Our repertoire includes production design and prototypes as well as pilot and small series.

Fields of Work

In the topic "Photonic and Electronic Power Devices" we deal with the following fields of work :

Photonic Power Converter: Device Design and Optimization

Power by Light Systems

Indoor-Photovoltaics

Thermophotovoltaics

Power Electronic Devices and Detectors

R&D Infrastructure

This infrastructure is available to us at Fraunhofer ISE for our research and development activities:

 

Center for High Efficiency Solar Cells

We test and optimize advanced PV technologies in more than 1000 m² of state-of-the-art clean room and laboratory space. Innovative processes and technologies are researched in this center for future use in industry, including wet-chemical processes, photo and laser lithography, nanoimprint laboratory, vapor deposition of metals and dielectrics.

 

CalLab PV Cells

The accredited calibration laboratory CalLab PV Cells at Fraunhofer ISE offers high-precision, reproducible calibrations and measurements of all types of solar cells according to international standards, for example, spectral responsivity/quantum efficiency, reflectance, current-voltage measurements, especially under variable spectra and intensities, various broadband and laser light sources as well as filters are available.

 

Concentrator Technology Evaluation Center Con-TEC

Con-TEC has a wide range of assembly and connection technologies available for the development and assembly of customized modules and packages. We test components and production processes with a focus on reliability and material analysis. We develop prototypes and produce small series to evaluate new components, designs and processes.

Selected Research Projects

 

AIIR-Power

AI-assisted Design and Fabrication of Photonic Infrared Power Converters for Energy and Telecommunication

 

Lightbridge

Electronic System for the Wireless Power Supply of a Subretinal Micro Implant

 

Greencom

Green Optical Wireless Communications Facilitated by Photonic Power Harvesting

 

OptoWind

Optically Powered Sensor Networks for Wind Energy

 

ASHLEY

Avionics Systems Hosted on a Distributed Modular Electronics Large Scale Demonstrator for Multiple Type of Aircraft

 

TPVCELL

Thermophoto voltaic cell based on gasb

Current Publications on the Topic "Photonic and Electronic Power Devices"

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2023 Photovoltaic Noise Barriers as Energy Generating Infrastructure: Functional Overview about Five Solutions
Forster, Jacob; Tsutskiridze, Giorgi; Kohlhauer, Reinhard; Huyeng, Jonas; Herr, Cornelius; Basler, Felix; Neuhaus, Dirk Holger; Heinrich, Martin; Rendler, Li Carlos
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2023 Benefits of pairing floating solar photovoltaics with hydropower reservoirs in Europe
Kakoulaki, Georgia; Gonzalez Sanchez , Rocio; Gracia Amillo, Ana Maria; Szabo, Sandor; Felice, Matteo de; Farinosi, Fabio; Felice, Luca de; Bisselink, Berny; Seliger, Roman; Kougias, Ioannis; Jaeger-Waldau, Arnulf
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2023 Anpassung von beschleunigten Alterungstests an die spezifischen Anforderungen und Bedingungen aufkommender Photovoltaik-Anwendungsarten
Weiß, Karl-Anders; Markert, Jochen; Hädrich, Birgit Ingrid; Gebhardt, Paul; Klimm, Elisabeth
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2023 Auf dem Weg in eine klimaneutrale Energieversorgung - Transformationspfade für die deutsche Energiewende
Henning, Hans-Martin
Vortrag
Presentation
2023 F&E Entwicklungen vom Si-Material bis zum Modul: Nachhaltig und hochproduktiv
Wolf, Andreas
Vortrag
Presentation
2023 Energiesicherheit und klimaneutrale Energiesysteme
Henning, Hans-Martin
Vortrag
Presentation
2023 Modeling of thin-film interference filters on structured substrates: Microfacet-based BSDF versus ray tracing
Wessels, Andreas; Christen, Leonard; Callies, Adrian; Kroyer, Thomas; Höhn, Oliver; Bläsi, Benedikt
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2023 PV-Produktion in Europa - Aktueller Status
Bett, Andreas W.; Rentsch, Jochen; Preu, Ralf
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2023 PV at Multi-Terawatt Scale: Waiting is not an Option
Philipps, Simon
Vortrag
Presentation
2023 Thermomechanische Bewertung von BIPV-Modulen mittels FEM Simulation
Beinert, Andreas; Mahfoudi, Achour; Ensslen, Frank; Erban, Christof
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2023 Evaluation of the German agrivoltaics innovation tender 2022 and overview about the agrivoltaics development in Germany
Pump, Carl; Trommsdorff, Maximilian; Beckmann, Volker; Bretzel, Tamara; Özdemir, Özal Emre; Bieber, Lisa-Marie
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2023 MorphoColor® PV Modules: From Modeling/Design to Demo Installations
Bläsi, Benedikt; Wessels, Andreas; Christen, Leonard; Kroyer, Thomas; Höhn, Oliver; Mattenheimer, Martin; Kuhn, Tilmann; Reinwand, Dirk; Heinrich, Martin; Neuhaus, Holger
Vortrag
Presentation
2022 Smart mobile vaccination pickup for sustainable improvement of medical care and smart pandemic control in Southern Africa
Stortz, Felix; Went, Joachim; Koschikowski, Joachim; Maruf, Md Nasimul Islam; Schäfer, Lothar; Neumann, Frank; Lotz, Bryan; Beckett, Marc; Hamann, Maike
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2022 Progress and Challenges of Crop Production and Electricity Generation in Agrivoltaic Systems Using Semi-transparent Photovoltaic Technology
Gorjian, S.; Bousi, Erion; Özdemir, Özal Emre; Trommsdorff, Maximilian; Manoj Kumar, N.; Anand, A.; Kant, K.; Chopra, S.S.
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2022 An Assessment of Light Availability and Distribution Inside of a Photovoltaic Greenhouse
Özdemir, Özal Emre; Berwind, Matthew
Vortrag
Presentation
2022 Softwareunabhängig-verlustfreie Projektdatenumgebung und föderal-selbstbeschreibende parametrische Modellierung multifunktionaler Bauprodukte auf Basis des Semantic Web mit Fokus auf die Gebäudehülle. Schlussbericht
Maurer, Christoph; Rist, Tim; Kuhn, Tilmann; Shi, Meiling; Huyeng, Tim-Jonathan; Hoffmann, André; Thiele, Christian-Dominik; Rüppel, Uwe; Sprenger, Wendelin
Bericht
Report
2022 Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) products and systems: A review of energy-related behavior
Martín-Chivelet, Nuria; Kapsis, Konstantinos; Wilson, Helen Rose; Delisle, Veronique; Yang, Rebecca; Olivieri, Lorenzo; Polo, Jesús; Eisenlohr, Johannes; Roy, Benjamin; Maturi, Laura; Otnes, Gaute; Dallapiccola, Mattia; Upalakshi Wijeratne, W.M. Pabasara
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2022 Technical Aspects for Road Integrated Photovoltaics Towards a More Sustainable Mobility Sector
Huyeng, Jonas; Forster, Jacob; Basler, Felix; Romer, Pascal; Beinert, Andreas; Schill, Christian; Heinrich, Martin; Neuhaus, Holger; Wirth, Harry
Poster
2022 Rainwater Management in Agrivoltaic Systems - Research and Development Potential
Rößner, Johanna-Viktoria
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2022 Technical Aspects for Road Integrated Photovoltaics Towards a More Sustainable Mobility Sector
Huyeng, Jonas; Forster, Jacob; Basler, Felix; Romer, Pascal; Beinert, Andreas; Schill, Christian; Heinrich, Martin; Neuhaus, Holger; Wirth, Harry
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2022 Development and Analysis of an Off-grid Solar Food Processing System in Kenya
Morgenstern, Alexander; Subasi, Dilara Maria; Pfanner, Norbert; Reiners, Nils; Stortz, Felix; Wüllner, Johannes; Maruf, Md Nasimul Islam
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2022 Economic evaluation of agrivoltaics in German apple cultivation
Hopf, Michaela; Trommsdorff, Maximilian; Wydra-Dürr, Kerstin
Vortrag
Presentation
2022 Fully Black and Reliable PV Modules with a Cost-Effective Inkjet Coating of Cell Strings
Schiller, Christian; Hoffmann, Stephan; Jahn, Mike; De Rose, Angela; Heinrich, Martin
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2022 Modeling the optical properties of Morpho-inspired thin-film interference filters on structured surfaces
Wessels, Andreas; Callies, Adrian; Bläsi, Benedikt; Kroyer, Thomas; Höhn, Oliver
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2022 Wirtschaftlichkeitsbetrachtung der Agri-PV im Apfelanbau
Hopf, Michaela; Trommsdorff, Maximilian; Wydra, Kerstin
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2022 Investigation of decoupling of thermal and electrical performance of semi-transparent photovoltaic windows based on the external quantum efficiency
Zhou, Hao; Peng, Jinqing; Wilson, Helen Rose; Wang, Meng; Jonsson, Jacob; Ma, Tao; Wu, Ben; Wu, Bochao; Fu, Ganhua
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2022 Building Product Ontology: Core Ontology for Linked Building Product Data
Wagner, A.; Sprenger, Wendelin; Maurer, Christoph; Kuhn, Tilmann E.; Rüppel, U.
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2022 Challenges for Agrivoltaics in the International Context - An Analytical Hierarchy Process Survey
Vorast, Maximilian
Vortrag
Presentation
2022 Effect of feature size on the reflective behaviour of the MorphoColorTM concept
Callies, Adrian; Wessels, Andreas; Bett, Andreas; Bläsi, Benedikt; Höhn, Oliver
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2022 PV Roofing for High Ranking Road Networks: Technical Feasibility and Yield Estimation
Ebner, Rita; Mayr, Christoph; Rennhofer, Marcus; Berger, Karl A.; Heinrich, Martin; Basler, Felix; Beinert, Andreas; Fehringer, Markus; Huyeng, Jonas; Beck, Tobias; Haider, Manfred; Prammer, Dominik; Vorwagner, Alois
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2022 APV-Bot Demonstrator
Fahmy, Karim Mohamed Tamer Mahmoud
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Aktueller Stand der Forschung/Entwicklung für Gebäudeintegrierte PV
Kuhn, Tilmann
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Opening Address EU-PVSEC 2021
Bett, Andreas W.
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Evaluating BIPV Modules with Respect to Textural Appearance, Glare, Colour and Electricity Yield
Wilson, Helen Rose; Bueno Unzeta, Bruno; Eisenlohr, Johannes; Kuhn, Tilmann
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2021 Proposal for a Safety Qualification Program for Vehicle-Integrated PV Modules
Markert, Jochen; Kutter, Christoph; Newman, B.; Gebhardt, Paul; Heinrich, Martin
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2021 PV Manufacturing in Europe. Statements
Bett, Andreas W.
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Potential of Agrivoltaics to Contribute to Socio-Economic Sustainability: A Case Study in Maharashtra / India
Trommsdorff, Maximilian; Vorast, Maximilian; Durga, N.; Padwardhan, S.
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2021 The MorphoColor Concept for Colored Photovoltaic Modules
Bläsi, Benedikt; Kroyer, Thomas; Kuhn, Tilmann E.; Höhn, Oliver
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2021 Production of Photovoltaics in Europe. Opportunities and Challenges
Bett, Andreas W.
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Solarstrom als Pfeiler des Energiewandels
Bett, Andreas W.
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Review of Technological Design Options for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
Kuhn, Tilmann E.; Erban, C.; Heinrich, Martin; Eisenlohr, Johannes; Ensslen, Frank; Neuhaus, Dirk Holger
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2021 Potenziale der Integrierten Photovoltaik in Deutschland
Wirth, Harry; Eggers, Jan-Bleicke; Trommsdorff, Maximilian; Neuhaus, Dirk Holger; Heinrich, Martin; Wieland, S.; Schill, Christian
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2021 Untersuchung verschattungsoptimierter Halbzellenmodule mit einlaminierter Leistungselektronik für das MPP-Tracking auf Substring-Ebene
Armbruster, Cornelius; Kutter, Christoph; Schmid, A.; Tummalieh, Ammar; Rouffaud, Gilles; Basler, Felix; Wille-Haußmann, Bernhard; Famulla, J.; Schüler, Marc Andre; Oyebanji, U.O.
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2021 Materialinnovationen für die Solarenergie
Bett, Andreas W.
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Integrating PV: PV where People Live, Work and Farm
Wirth, Harry
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 BauwerkIntegrierte PV (BIPV) Stand der Forschung & Entwicklung
Kuhn, Tilmann
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Durchführbarkeitsstudie zur Ermittlung möglicher Forschung- und Demonstrationsfelder für Agri-Photovoltaik in Baden-Württemberg
Hörnle, Oliver; Riedelsheimer, Julia; Trommsdorff, Max; Keinath, Tobias; Binder, Florian; Weinmann, Ernst; Klodt, Frederik; Zikeli, Sabine; Pataczek, Lisa; Rueß, Franz; Köppler, Kirsten; Glas, Michael; Mayr, Ulrich; Frey, Michael; Kromrey, Volker; Vedel, Dimitri; Klein, Alexandra
Studie
Study
2021 Energy Yield Simulation of 3D Curved VIPV Modules
Neven-du Mont, Sebastian; Alharthi, Hashem; Kutter, Christoph; Neuhaus, Holger; Heinrich, Martin
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2021 The MorphoColor Concept for Colored Photovoltaic Modules and Solar Thermal Collectors
Bläsi, Benedikt; Wessels, Andreas; Callies, Adrian; Eisenlohr, Johannes; Ensslen, Frank; Kuhn, Tilmann; Kroyer, Thomas; Höhn, Oliver
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Economic analysis of agrivoltaics in orchard farming in Germany
Hopf, Michaela; Trommsdorff, Maximilian; Wydra, Kerstin
Meeting Abstract
2021 Legal Framework of Agrivoltaics in Germany
Vollprecht, Jens; Trommsdorff, Maximilian; Hermann, C.
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2020 Implementation of agrophotovoltaics. Techno-economic analysis of the price-performance ratio and its policy implications
Schindele, Stephan; Trommsdorff, Maximilian; Schlaak, A.; Obergfell, Tabea; Bopp, Georg; Reise, Christian; Braun, Christian; Weselek, A.; Bauerle, A.; Högy, P.; Goetzberger, Adolf; Weber, Eicke R.
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2020 Bridging two Worlds - Standards for BIPV
Wilson, Helen Rose
Vortrag
Presentation
2020 GIS-basierte Potenzialanalyse für Agrophotovoltaik - Eine Fallstudie für die Region Bodensee-Oberschwaben
Hauger, Salome; Schindele, Stephan; Winkelhausen, Harald; Gimbel, Edgar; Wolf, Maritta; Jung, Martina; Beuerle, Rainer
Poster
2020 Spray Pyrolysis - a Versatile Technique for Thin Film Deposition in PV
Bartsch, Jonas; Heitmann, Ulrike; Jakob, Leonie; Mahmoud Algazzar, R.; Tutsch, Leonard; Hermann, R.; Kluska, Sven; Bivour, Martin; Bläsi, Benedikt; Hauser, Hubert; Janz, Stefan; Glatthaar, Markus
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2020 Colored Modules for Integrated PV: From the MorphoColor-Concept to High Efficiency Prototypes
Bläsi, Benedikt
Vortrag
Presentation
2019 Compilation and Analysis of User Needs for BIPV and its Functions
Boddaert, Simon; Benson, Jessica; Bonomo, Pierluigi; Delisle, Véronique; Erban, Christof; Fedorova, Anna; Frontini, Francesco; Inoue, Seiji; Ishii, Hisashi; Kapsis, Konstantinos; Kim, Jun-Tae; Kovacs, Peter; Machado, Maider; Chivelet, Nuria Martín; Medina, Eduardo Román; Schneider, Astrid; Wilson, Helen Rose
Bericht
Report
2019 Confidential Feedback Workshops as a Method to Foster Innovation. Deliverable B.3
Maurer, Christoph
Bericht
Report
2019 Analysis of requirements, specifications and regulation of BIPV
Berger, Karl; Boddaert, Simon; Buono, Matteo del; Fedorova, Anna; Frontini, Francesco; Inoue, Seiji; Ishii, Hisashi; Kapsis, Konstantinos; Kim, Jun-Tae; Kovacs, Peter; Machado, Maider; Chivelet, Nuria Martín; Schneider, Astrid; Wilson, Helen Rose
Bericht
Report
2018 Building-integrated Solar Thermal Systems in the Architectural Design Stage
Maurer, Christoph; Kuhn, Tilmann E.
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
2018 Report on Barriers for New Solar Envelope Systems. Deliverable B.1
Hubschneider, Carolin; Maurer, C.; Taveres-Cachat, Ellika; Eisenlohr, J.; Hollick, John; Lemarchand, Philippe; Garay, Roberto; Loonen, Roel; Aagesen, Vickie
Bericht
Report
2018 A Systematic Workflow for Retrofitting Office Façades with Large Window-to-Wall Ratios Based on Automatic Control and Building Simulations
Bueno Unzeta, Bruno; Cejudo Lopez, José Manuel; Katsifaraki, A.; Wilson, Helen Rose
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2018 Detailed Yield Analysis and Optimisation of BIPV Systems by Simulation
Eisenlohr, Johannes
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2018 International definitions of "BIPV"
Berger, Karl; Cueli, Ana Belén; Boddaert, Simon; Buono, Matteo del; Delisle, Véronique; Fedorova, Anna; Frontini, Francesco; Hendrick, Patrick; Inoue, Seiji; Ishii, Hisashi; Kapsis, Costa; Kim, Jun-Tae; Kovacs, Peter; Chivelet, Nuria Martín; Maturi, Laura; Machado, Maider; Schneider, Astrid; Wilson, Helen Rose
Bericht
Report
2017 Machine-code functions in BIM for cost-effective high-quality buildings
Maurer, Christoph; Sprenger, Wendelin; Franz, Sebastian; Boudhaim, M.; Lodewijks, J.; Rüppel, U.; Kuhn, Tilmann E.
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2017 Modelling of active solar building envelopes for cost-effective evaluation
Maurer, Christoph; Kuhn, Tilmann E.
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2017 Detailed modelling of building-integrated photovoltaics - from component and environmental data to the system output
Eisenlohr, Johannes; Wilson, Helen Rose; Kuhn, Tilmann
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2017 Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)
Ferrara, Claudio; Wilson, Helen Rose; Sprenger, Wendelin
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
2016 Review of standards for integrating BIPV-modules in building facade and roof
Rehde, Franziska; Szacsvay, Tamás; Peppas, Antonis; Frontini, Francesco; Marchi, Francesca; Hecker, Robert
Bericht
Report
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