Research & Development
We have made it our task to decrease the cost of electricity generation using silicon-based photovoltaics. By doing so, we wish to promote the widespread use of this technology. This is why we optimise existing and develop new processing steps for present-day and future industrial solar cells. At the heart of this effort lies our research into technologies based on crystalline silicon wafers. For this purpose we work with traditional polysilicon and innovative solar grade silicon materials.
Our focus lies on large area solar cells (156 x 156 mm). Such cells currently reach an energy conversion efficiency of 22% for monocrystalline silicon solar cells (ZEBRA) and 18.0% for multicrystalline silicon solar cells. We are working at optimising standard solar cells even further, so that they may reach more than 23% on very thin substrates in the long term. These substrates should not be thicker than 100 µm in the future, whereas currently their thickness lies at around 200 µm.
In order to reach these goals, the Research and Development team at ISC Konstanz cooperates with leading companies and research institutes in the photovoltaics sector.
What we offer:
Further foci lie on advanced solar cell concepts and manufacturing, such as:
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