Photovoltaic Technologies: Projects and Publications
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
Residential Solar Systems as an Appliance Plug and Play PV, TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo, 2016
- Technology Leaders: Creating Value through Innovation, Greentech Media Solar Summit 2014
- CPV bankability, 2013 PV Rollout Conference
- Taking Your First Test Flight: Leveraging Testing Facilities to Advance Early Stage Technologies, 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
- Long-Term Durability and Performance Prediction of PV Modules, 2013 Next-Generation Solar Conference
- Dynamic mechanical load testing, 2013 Solar Power International Workshop on Reliability
Selected Solar PV Research Projects
As PV begins to reach scale, lifetime uncertainty remains a hurdle in project financing. IEC and UL tests predict early failure for modules, but do not address durability. Fraunhofer, with its decades-long experience in PV development, testing, and qualification, is partnering with PV module manufacturers, developers, and financiers to address these issues in their Photovoltaic Module Durability Initiative (PVDI): an integrated lifetime assessment initiative to understand and improve PV module durability.
Silicone Lamination of Solar Cells
Currently, the solar industry uses silicone predominantly for PV module encapsulation. EVA has been the lamination material of choice for decades, but newer materials promise better light transmission over time. Could silicone serve as an EVA substitute in lamination? To address this question, a team of Fraunhofer CSE researchers teamed up with Fortune 500 company Dow Corning.
Non-Destructive Measurements of EVA Cross-Linking in Solar Modules
Lamination quality is a key factor in solar module longevity. Fraunhofer CSE's novel technique for quick, nondestructive measurements of lamination quality allows manufacturers to integrate this crucial quality control measure into solar manufacturing lines. This technology was licensed to metrology tool manufacturer LayTec AG in 2011.
Light and Heat Management Through Structured Glass
Since 2008, the team has been exploring novel design features to improve energy yields. Among these was an experiment to determine whether structured glass could be used to address optical and temperature losses.
G.S. Kinsey, C. Schmid, D.H. Meakin, C. Stark
Proc. 28th EUPVSEC, DOI 10.4229/28thEUPVSEC2013-4AV.5.33, 2013.
"Angle of Incidence Performance Study of PV Modules with Patterned Polycarbonate Front Sheets"
C. Schmid, E. Fuller, B. MacBride, R. Mickiewicz, G.S. Kinsey, J. Zhou, S. Chakravarti, A. Kodis
Proc. 28th EUPVSEC, DOI: 10.4229/28thEUPVSEC2013-4AV.4.23, 2013.
C. Schmid, D. Meakin, G. S. Kinsey, C. Ferrara, S. Stecklum
PV Rollout 2013
February 26th - 27th, 2013
C. Schmid, J. Chapon, G. Kinsey, J. Bokria, J. Woods
27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
September 24th -28th, 2012
B. Li, A. Stokes, D. Doble
26th EU PVSEC
September 6 - 9th, 2011