The new laboratory building, namely, the “Center for High Efficiency Solar Cells”, is open as of April 2021. Find the brand new film portrait in the post!
The building’s construction has been completed over the last years; its architecture also grabs attention with its smooth and modern façade. At this new center, the research for reaching the highest efficiency PV technologies will continue further. As it is mentioned in the press release of Fraunhofer ISE, “applications for high efficiency solar cells include not only conventional solar modules but also power supplies for satellites, electric vehicles, autonomous sensors and electronic devices”. So, research in these fields will ensure ground-breaking solar energy findings as new records for efficiency are being broken one after another.
The video below gives an overview of of the new center as well as its working fields and goals. It seems like the groundbreaking solar energy research continues in this new, well-equipped and modern laboratory at the scientific heart of Freiburg im Breisgau.
The new building contains more than 1000 m2 laboratory area as well as the latest technology clean rooms which are suitable for working with the least among of contamination during experiments. The technical facilities include but are not limited to “high-temperature diffusion (BBr3, POCl3), high-temperature oxidation (dry and moist), Ion implantation (P, B, H, Ga, Si), wet-chemical processes for purification and structuring of Si or III-V wafers, the yellow-light zone for photolithography and laser lithography to create microstructures with bifacial alignment, extensive instrumentation for characterizing materials and components”.
As the Solar Energy Engineering department, we are looking forward to seeing the research that’ll be conducted in this new center and have our students to contribute to research and development.
Note: The images that belong to ©Fraunhofer ISE/Photo: Guido Kirsch are stated in the photo captions; the other images are the courtesy of Prof. Dr. Stefan Glunz, the SEE’s co-coordinator and Fraunhofer ISE's Head of Division Photovoltaics.