Fraunhofer ISE inaugurates new »Center for High Efficiency Solar Cells«

The German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has inaugurated its new laboratory building. With a floor space of 2,099 square meters (including 1,086 square meters of clean room and laboratories), the »Center for High Efficiency Solar Cells« will further develop silicon and III-V technology as well as the combination of these two materials into highest efficiency tandem cells.
»The new laboratory building will enable us to continue developing groundbreaking new types of solar cells in the future and to contribute to the competitiveness of the German and European photovoltaic industry, which is once again on the rise, with innovative processes and technologies,« said ISE director Andreas Bett. Photovoltaics has undergone rapid technological development in recent decades, »with a cost reduction of more than 90 percent and an increase in module efficiency to 20 percent today.« However, the potential of this technology is far from exhausted, the scientist said.
Planning for the three-story building began back in 2015, and the construction costs of €34 million were funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

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