Fraunhofer ISE Signs MoU with Australian Elite Universities in the Field of Silicon Material Characterization
To strengthen the partnership in the Collaboration Cluster for Photovoltaic Silicon Material Characterization CCPV, representatives of two Australian elite universities, the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.
The signees and professors responsible for the project: Prof. Nick Birbilis, Deputy Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science (ANU); Prof. Alistair Sproul, Head of School of the School of Photovoltaic and Energy Engineering (UNSW); Prof. Ana Delectic, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research (UNSW) and Prof. Stefan Glunz, Division Director Photovoltaics at Fraunhofer ISE, are pleased about continuing the successful cooperation.
CCPV is a German-Australian collaboration cluster on silicon material characterization in photovoltaics between Fraunhofer ISE and the two leading Australian universities, ANU and UNSW.
The objective of the signed memorandum is to strengthen the existing partnership in the CCPV project, to carry out innovative research and development projects, and to establish collaborations between the German and Australian industries. The partnership focuses on the characterization of material defects in silicon, material characterization in silicon solar cells as well as the analysis of efficiency losses in solar cells.
The collaboration cluster was sponsored within the APRA program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The Asian-Pacific Research Area (APRA) is the third largest space for research and education, after Europe and the North America. Since 2009 the BMBF supports collaboration between top research institutions in the countries of Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
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In an interview with Innovation4E, the science blog of Fraunhofer ISE, Dr. Martin Schubert explains the structure, achievements and goals of the CCPV science cluster.