This week is a big deal for us! The last time our traditional Campus Phase took place in Freiburg was in Autumn 2019. Since then, our events have been online.
We've had online events in Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, and recently Spring 2021.
Here are some highlights from the Campus Phase week that took place from 8th to March 12th: on March 8th, we had a kick-off meeting with new students' participation.
In the evening, at the interactive Agrivoltaics workshop with David Jung from Fraunhofer Chile, students discovered the opportunities this relatively new solar energy application brings.
Every morning, new, current, and prospective students met at the Philipp's Lounge with our program coordinator Philipp Bucher. On Tuesday, at the Life-Work Balance Workshop: Cultivating Well-being with Djahane Banoo, we made self-reflection exercises and gained a new perspective on life-work balance.
The Photovoltaic System Monitoring with Mohammadreza Aghaei was one of the most attended and highly praised events this week. We learned about the principles, types of failures, failures analysis, monitoring techniques, challenges, standards, and reliability assessment of PV systems. On Thursday, things got a bit more fun and casual after more academic events of the previous days! In the Networking Event, we had the great Christine Lins from GWNet and our professors. We made icebreaker exercises and received invaluable advice from the connoisseurs of the solar world. This event took place on an online platform that we explored for the first time.
After the official networking event, we moved onto another virtual platform called Mibo for some drinks and casual chat on a virtual beach. That was quite fun to explore, and the consensus was to meet on Mibo more often.
On Friday, the last day of the events, the whole day was reserved for students' presentations. The topics ranged from "Challenges of the integration of renewable energy systems," "The Use of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) For Providing Solutions of Buildings Architectural and Energy Challenges" to "Popular Economic Approaches to Increasing Market Penetration of Renewables." We believe we've rounded up the week with promising research topics and great insights from students.
Even though we are looking forward to having everyone back in Freiburg when the conditions allow, we experienced that online events have their own charm and opportunities.
We thank all the professors, instructors, students, and guests who partook in this week and brought their excellent insights about solar energy field into this event.
Note: The cover image is shot by Victure Productions and was taken during Autumn 2019 Campus Phase.