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Photovoltaics platform

Photovoltaics play a key role in making it possible to generate electricity in an ecologically sustainable way. The Photovoltaics platform brings together a range of skills in the field of applications-oriented photovoltaics so that it can offer an optimal range of services.

The costs of producing electricity from photovoltaic installations have fallen dramatically in recent years. As a result, photovoltaic electricity is now significantly cheaper in some countries than electricity produced from fossil or nuclear fuel. The key challenges now facing photovoltaic electricity generation are to find intelligent ways of using it and integrating it into conventional power- distribution systems, to optimise the balance between generating and consumption profiles, to use photovoltaic electricity to heat and cool buildings, to use electrical storage devices as efficiently as possible and to develop seasonal electricity storage techniques.

Key topics and areas of research

Research projects


The U-Light project is focused on developing innovative, low-mass PV modules which are inexpensive, long-lasting, simple to install, can be incorporated into buildings in novel ways and generate energy at the lowest possible cost. Read more

PV 2050 sustainability and impact

The opportunities for photovoltaic (PV) solar energy conversion to support the transitions which will be required to implement the Energy Strategy 2050 are widely recognized. However, if PV power is to make a significant contribution to satisfying global energy requirements, greater efforts need to be made to make it more sustainable. This project aims to assess the sustainability impacts of the devices and (potential) products being developed in the context of PV2050 projects. Read more  

Integrated measurement platform for OLEDs and PAIOS solar cells

Paios is an all-in-one characterization platform for solar cells and OLEDs. A large variety of state-of-the-art measurements and advanced experiments can be performed with one mouse click. In classical research many different experimental setups were required to perform opto-electrical measurements on research devices. With Paios, all these devices can be measured within minutes, and the results from different devices can be compared directly using the Paios software. Paios accelerates research by enabling scientists to concentrate on the physics and spend less time on measuring and data processing.

SLT Plus

In this  project a highly cost-efficient laminator had been developed and  its market launch was supported. The laminator had been designed for a new and wider range of applications including the use  of new materials  and special modules.

LED Flasher

The sum of the power output ratings of all the modules in a solar panel determines the amount of power it can produce in one year. If some of the those modules can no longer achieve the output power ratings specified by the manufacturer, this will impair the utility of the entire panel. The portable LED Flasher provides a cost-efficient on-site method for identifying modules whose output is impaired. The device will also provide an error-free assessment of the overall power output rating of a solar panel. Read more (in German)

Participating Institutes and Centres