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Description of the organisation

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE conducts research on the technology needed to supply energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialised, threshold and developing countries. To this purpose, the Institute develops systems, components, materials and processes in the areas of the thermal use of solar energy, solar building, solar cells, electrical power supplies, chemical energy conversion, energy storage and the rational use of energy.
The Institute's work ranges from fundamental scientific research relating to solar energy applications, through the development of production technology and prototypes, to the construction of demonstration systems. The Institute plans, advises and provides know-how and technical facilities as services.

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Role in the Project

The project will be supported by three divisions of our institute. The “Ultrathin wafer development” topic is lead by the “Materials – Solar Cells and Technology” division. The division “Solar Cell Development and Characterization” is mainly involved in the work on Organic PV, and WP8 on modules will be supported by the “Photovoltaic Modules, Systems and Reliability” division.
ISE was and is leading a variety of R&D projects or project parts on national and European level. These projects cover all topics related to the project, in ultrathin wafering development (high-throughput silicon deposition), module development (EVA-free modules) and OPV (highly efficient OPV cell), all of them being conducted at the leading edge of technology.


Key people involved

Dr. Ulrich Eitner joined Fraunhofer ISE in August 2011 as head of group “Photovoltaic Modules”. He is responsible for several research projects in the field of PV module technology and solar cell interconnection. He obtained his PhD for his work on thermomechanics of photovoltaic modules from the University of Halle-Wittenberg and is author and co-author of several scientific publications.



Dr. Marion Drießen works since 2008 in the department “Crystalline Silicon – Materials and Thin-film solar cells” at Fraunhofer ISE. Her research focusses in the previous years have been chemical vapour processes for silicon epitaxial layer overgrowth and silicon etching. She is now post-doc and responsible for the development of porous silicon reorganisation, epitaxial growth on porous silicon and lift-off at ISE.



Dr. Birger Zimmermann works on organic PV at Fraunhofer ISE since 2003 and is currently head of the team “Production Technology for Organic Solar Cells” developing novel cell-stacks and module concepts for very low cost roll-to-roll production of organic solar cells. He is author and co-author of numerous publications and coordinated the Fraunhofer ISE contributions of the FP7 projects “HiFlex” and “FabriGen” as well as several national R&D projects.



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