The Silicon PV – International Conference on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics is coming back to Freiburg where it began in 2011. The conference series was founded with the goal of offering an outstanding high-class scientific program on advanced technologies, materials and concepts for crystalline silicon solar cells and modules. This year, 370 participants from 25 countries have registered to attend.
A special highlight of the program are the invited speakers: Prof Henry J Snaith, whose talk "Perovskite on Silicon Tandem Cells" focuses on a new concept for increasing the efficiency of today’s silicon solar cells; Dr. Kunta Yoshikawa, KANEKA Corporation, will present the company’s world record efficiency for a monocrystalline silicon solar cell in his talk entitled "Exceeding Conversion Efficiency of 26% by Silicon Heterojunction Technology."
Each year the photovoltaics market has seen a cumulated annual growth of more than 30 percent over the past 15 years. At the same time the cost of PV modules decreased by more than 80 percent. In order to further reduce the levelized cost of solar electricity, it is necessary to transfer new technologies into industrial production, especially for crystalline silicon PV, the workhorse of the solar cell industry.
Many scalable technologies are ready for the market, at the same time sustainability aspects as well as higher efficiencies are being addressed that will lead to cost reductions.
At the Silicon PV conference, international researchers come together to share and discuss current developments and upcoming trends. The conference covers short-, mid- and long-term issues in silicon photovoltaics.
These include processing and characterization of multi- and mono-crystalline silicon, solar cells based on selective contacts and advanced interconnection and encapsulation technologies as well as crystalline silicon-based tandem solar cells shifting the efficiency limit beyond the single-junction.
All of these topics and more will be covered at the conference, following the successful format of the past years. A blind review process for abstract evaluation guarantees the high-level quality of the presentations. Plenary presentations and a one-day overlap with an n-PV workshop and many occasions for networking and exchange round up the event.
“At this conference we will see a unique improvement in record efficiencies based on crystalline silicon in almost all relevant categories,” says Dr. Ralf Preu, Conference Chairman and Division Director PV Production Technology and Quality Assurance at Fraunhofer ISE. He adds: “The scientific community demonstrates the potential for further efficiency improvements at a rate of approximately 0.3-0.4% annually, similar to the rate experienced over the last 10+ years. Several of these improvements have been achieved by our institute, which makes it an extraordinary honor to host this conference in Freiburg.«
Several recent world record efficiencies are presented at this conference. Dr. Kunta Yoshikawa from the Japanese KANEKA Corporation will give a talk on KANEKA’s recently achieved 26% efficiency for a monocrystalline silicon solar cell based on heterojunction technology. The conference host Fraunhofer ISE, shortly before the conference, was able to take back the world record for multicrystalline silicon solar cells, with an efficiency of 21.9 % for an n-type cell based on the institute’s TOPCon technology. Since las November, the institute has again improved its record for a multi-junction solar cell based on silicon to now 31.3 % efficiency.
Karin Schneider | Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE
Leading experts in Diabetes, Metabolism and Biomedical Engineering discuss Precision Medicine
13.07.2018 | Helmholtz Zentrum München - Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt
Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP: Fine Tuning for Surfaces
12.07.2018 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
For the first time ever, scientists have determined the cosmic origin of highest-energy neutrinos. A research group led by IceCube scientist Elisa Resconi, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an important piece of evidence that the particles detected by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole originate from a galaxy four billion light-years away from Earth.
To rule out other origins with certainty, the team led by neutrino physicist Elisa Resconi from the Technical University of Munich and multi-wavelength...
For the first time a team of researchers have discovered two different phases of magnetic skyrmions in a single material. Physicists of the Technical Universities of Munich and Dresden and the University of Cologne can now better study and understand the properties of these magnetic structures, which are important for both basic research and applications.
Whirlpools are an everyday experience in a bath tub: When the water is drained a circular vortex is formed. Typically, such whirls are rather stable. Similar...
Physicists working with Roland Wester at the University of Innsbruck have investigated if and how chemical reactions can be influenced by targeted vibrational excitation of the reactants. They were able to demonstrate that excitation with a laser beam does not affect the efficiency of a chemical exchange reaction and that the excited molecular group acts only as a spectator in the reaction.
A frequently used reaction in organic chemistry is nucleophilic substitution. It plays, for example, an important role in in the synthesis of new chemical...
Optical spectroscopy allows investigating the energy structure and dynamic properties of complex quantum systems. Researchers from the University of Würzburg present two new approaches of coherent two-dimensional spectroscopy.
"Put an excitation into the system and observe how it evolves." According to physicist Professor Tobias Brixner, this is the credo of optical spectroscopy....
Ultra-short, high-intensity X-ray flashes open the door to the foundations of chemical reactions. Free-electron lasers generate these kinds of pulses, but there is a catch: the pulses vary in duration and energy. An international research team has now presented a solution: Using a ring of 16 detectors and a circularly polarized laser beam, they can determine both factors with attosecond accuracy.
Free-electron lasers (FELs) generate extremely short and intense X-ray flashes. Researchers can use these flashes to resolve structures with diameters on the...
13.07.2018 | Event News
12.07.2018 | Event News
03.07.2018 | Event News
18.07.2018 | Materials Sciences
18.07.2018 | Life Sciences
18.07.2018 | Health and Medicine