Photovoltaic Technology Evaluation Center PV-TEC

automatic oxidation/diffusion oven
© Fraunhofer ISE
Photovoltaik Technologie Evaluationscenter PV-TEC: View of the completely automatic oxidation/diffusion oven.

The Photovoltaic Technology Evaluation Center PV-TEC at Fraunhofer ISE was established with the assistance of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in order to close the gap between laboratory research and industrial application. This major laboratory has access to the latest processing and characterization equipment for developing silicon solar cells.

PV-TEC focuses on the following key topics relating to production technology and metrology for crystalline silicon solar cells:

  • Evaluation and development of manufacturing processes and process technology components
  • Development and production of advanced industrial solar cell structures
  • Characterization and development of materials and solar cells
  • Training and professional development in PV technology
  • Process transfer with on-site assistance
  • Economic cost studies

PV-TEC serves companies right along the PV value chain:

  • Solar cell manufacturers / module manufacturers
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Material manufacturers (silicon and process materials)