Logo ISC

Research for a sunny future!

Publicly funded research projects enable the ISC to try new approaches with its partners. Usually together with industrial partners, projects are carried out that should lead to commercialisation within a period of two to three years. During this period, for example, manufacturing processes for new types of solar cells or modules can be researched, and developments for new machines can be tested.
We are currently working on 25 publicly funded projects with 49 industry partners and 34 institute partners. We have 15 years of experience in applying for and implementing projects in various funding programmes:

  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi): 7th Energy Research Programme of the Federal Government
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi): Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM)
  • Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg: Funding programmes of the state of Baden-Württemberg
  • EU-funded research (Horizon 2020 and now Horizon Europe)
  • various other international funding programmes

We are happy to support you in the development of joint project ideas and funding applications and to network you with other partners. So that ideas can become products!

BIG

 

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Funding code: 03EE1116A
Term: 01.06.2021 until 31.05.2024
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 1.256.213€
Topic:

The aim of the BIG project is to develop new production processes and materials that can be used flexibly for different wafer formats. Large-format wafers are cut into smaller pieces to avoid resistance losses during cell interconnection. For this purpose, we are developing an innovative combined cell cutting and laser edge passivation process, which will be integrated into a prototype system in the project. At the module level, a cost-effective and lead-free solder paste is being developed that is specially formulated for PV interconnection.

Project partners: ASYS Automatisierungssysteme GmbH, Tamura Elsold GmbH

FlexFab2 - Large PV production in Europe

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Funding code: 03EE1081B
Term: 01.11.2020 until 31.10.2023
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 1.172.110€
Topic: Flexible production of ingots, wafers, solar cells and solar modules in future PV factories in Germany or Europe.
To this end, the ZEBRA cell technology is being further developed at the ISC with a focus on cost-effective, industrial metallisation concepts. In addition, the pilot line at ISC Konstanz will be equipped with digital twins throughout.
Project partners: RCT Solutions GmbH

AI4Grids - AI - based planning and operational management of distribution networks

Funding source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Funding code: 67KI2012E
Term: 01.09.2020 until 31.08.2023
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 574.170 €
Topic: AI-based planning and operational management of distribution grids and microgrids for the optimal integration of renewable generators and fluctuating loads in the context of the energy transition
Project partners: HTWG Konstanz, Fraunhofer ISE, Stadtwerk am See GmbH & Co.KG (Überlingen), Energiedienst Holding AG

POPEI - Production technologies for high performance low cost IBC solar cells

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Funding code: 03EE1102D
Term: 01.05.2021 until 30.04.2023
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 627.604 €
Topic: The POPEI joint project aims to develop an industrialisable process for the production of IBC solar cells (Interdigitated Back Contact) based on crystalline silicon wafers doped with gallium (Ga). In addition to higher efficiency, the aim is to achieve lower costs per Wp at module level than with the PERC architecture that dominates today.
Project partners:

centrotherm international AG, LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, University of Constance, Fraunhofer ISE, Institute for Solar Energy Research GmbH, RENA Technologies GmbH

GoDanuBIO - Participative Ecosystems for fostering the revitalization of rural-urban cooperation through governing Danube Circular-Bioeconomy

Funding source: EU, Interreg Danube Transnational Programme
Funding code: eMS Project Number DTP471
Term: 01.07.2020 until 31.12.2022
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 118.805€
Topic: Participative Ecosystems for fostering the revitalization of rural-urban cooperation through governing Danube Circular-Bioeconomy. Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges.
Project partners: various European partners 10 countries along the Danube river, altogether 19 Project partners and 7 „Associated Strategic“ partners

HoSSa - High-throughput processes for shingle and strip modules and alternative cell formats

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Funding code: 03EE1014D
Term: 01.11.2019 until 31.10.2022
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 683.600 €
Topic: The next generation of cell division and connection processes for strip and shingle modules is to be developed. For this purpose, an innovative combination of thermo-mechanical cell separation and bonding processes is to be developed. First the conductive adhesive is applied, then the cell is divided and finally assembled into a string. The aim is to achieve a reliable and cost-effective process with a high cycle time.
Project partners:

aleo Solar GmbH, pi4 robotics GmbH, Wavelabs Solar Metrology Systems GmbH, teamtechnik Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH

Zquadrat - ZEBRA technology for cells and modules

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Funding code: 03EE1005A
Term: 01.11.2019 until 31.10.2022
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 1.000.026 €
Topic: Development of a stringer-based connection process for the ZEBRA solar cell using the soldering ribbons traditionally used in the solar industry.
Project partners: Fraunhofer CSP, SUNOVATION, teamtechnik Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH

HighLite - High-performance low-cost modules with excellent environmental profiles for a competitive EU PV manufacturing industry

Funding source: European Commission
Funding code: Horizon 2020, Prop. No 857793
Term: 01.10.2019 until 30.09.2022
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 799.125 €
Topic: High-performance low-cost modules with excellent environmental profiles for a competitive EU PV manufacturing industry
Project partners: IMEC, CEA-INES, ISC-Konstanz, SCEM, EPFL

SpuTopia - Sputtering of passivating contacts based on TOPCon technology with industrial technology

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Funding code: 03EE1068B
Term: 01.10.2020 until 30.09.2022
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 239.762 €
Topic: n-type cells with sputtered passivated contacts for industrial application and reliability tests on mini modules
Project partners:

Fraunhofer ISE, RENA Technologies GmbH

AmbiPV - Adapted Modules for Bifacial Photovoltaics

 

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy – Solar Era Net
Funding code: 03EE1036
Term: 01.09.2019 until 31.08.2022
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 233.846 €
Topic: AMBiPV – Adapted Modules for Bifacial Photovoltaics – new interconnection technologies for the production of high-performance bifacial modules
Project partners:

Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH, Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkrichen, SolAround Ltd (Jerusalem), ZHAW Zurich University of Appl. Science IEFE (Winterthur), Meyer Burger Ltd.

BOBTANDEM - Band Offset selective Barrier Three Terminal perovskite on silicon high efficiency Tandem Solar Cell

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy – Solar Era Net
Funding code: 03EE1030
Term: 01.09.2019 until 31.08.2022
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 352.816 €
Topic: Band Offset selective Barrier Three Terminal perovskite on silicon high efficiency Tandem Solar Cell.
The aim of the project is to develop process routing to integrate a high bandgap Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) on an industrial-ready back contact (IBC) silicon solar cell in a three terminal (3T) tandem solar cell architecture.
Project partners:

EDF F&D (Palaiseau, France), GeePs CentraleSupelec/CNRS (Gif-sur-Yvette, France), EPFL ISIC GMF (Sion, Switzerland), Delft University of Technology (Delft, Netherlands)

RALPH - Back-contact technology with alternative laser processes and innovative passivation for high-efficiency solar cells

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Funding code: 03EE1018C
Term: 01.06.2019 until 31.05.2022
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 1.090.693 €
Topic: Back-contact technology with alternative laser processes and innovative passivation for high-efficiency solar cells.
Sub-project: Thermal processes, whole cell process and interconnection
Project partners:

University of Konstanz, Gebr. Schmid GmbH

PERCplus - Next generation PERC solar cells

 

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Funding code: 03EE1019C
Term: 01.05.2019 until 30.04.2022
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 1.252.181 €
Topic: PERCplus – PERC solar cells of the next generation;
Subproject: Novel PERC processes and pilot production
Project partners:

ASYS Automat.GmbH, RCT Solutions GmbH, Oxford PV Germany GmbH

NextTec - Next-generation production technologies and significant increase in throughput rates in PV production

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Funding code: 03EE1001B
Term: 01.05.2019 until 30.04.2022
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 968.001 €
Topic: NextTec – Identification, evaluation and selection of next generation production technologies with the potential to significantly increase throughput rates in PV production; ISC sub-project: Acceleration of wet-chemical PV manufacturing processes and data analysis.
Project partners:

Fraunhofer ISE, Fraunhofer CSP, HTWK Leipzig, ISRA Vision-GP Inspect GmbH, h.a.l.m. elektronik GmbH, Permatecs GmbH, RCT Solutions GmbH, RENA Technologies GmbH, Gebr.Schmid GmbH

Flotteladen - the sustainable mobility solution for social wards and homeowners association in Baden-Württemberg

Funding source: Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment
Funding code: BWINP21106
Term: 01.11.2020 until 31.12.2021
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 192.325 €
Topic: Sustainable mobility solution for social wards and WEGs in Baden-Württemberg
Project partners:

Sozialstation Bodensee e.V., Caritasverband Hochrhein e.V. (associated), siobra (Allensbach)

AtaMos-Tec - Research and Development of Radiation-intensive Photovoltaic Technologies and Desert Climates

Funding source: CORFO, Chile
Funding code:
Term: 01.12.2017 until 30.11.2021
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 700.000 €
Topic: establishing a bifacial module technology development center in the Atacama desert, Chile
Project partners:

SERC, INES, FhG Chile, other Industrial partners

GELaZ - Community-serving energy charging cells

Funding source: Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment
Funding code: BWINP19001
Term: 01.07.2019 until 30.09.2021
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 229.466 €
Topic: The aim of the project is to demonstrate the simultaneous charging of a large number of electric vehicles with the inclusion of grid-serving load management.
Project partners:

Reutlingen University, Stadtwerke Ludwigsburg-Kornwestheim, Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH, Mahle GmbH, OLI Systems GmbH, Easy Smart Grid GmbH

Degratest+ - Measuring device for accelerated degradation tests

Funding source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (ZIM)
Funding code: AZ 3-4332.62-IPA/68
Term: 01.09.2019 until 31.08.2021
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 186.410 €
Topic: Development of a solar cell measuring stand for accelerated degradation testing
Project partners: PSE AG, Freiburg

SelFab - Self-learning photovoltaic factory

Funding source: Ministry of Economic Affairs BadenWürttemberg
Funding code: AZ 3-4332.62-IPA/68
Term: 18.02.2019 until 17.08.2021
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 398.506 €
Topic: Digitalised, self-learning PV production: In a SelFab, virtual images of cells (crystalline photovoltaics) or modules (thin-film photovoltaics), systems and the production line are created and the relevant input variables are continuously digitised. This creates the basis for analysing both in-process and cross-process dependencies.
Project partners:

Fraunhofer IPA, Fraunhofer ISE, Uni Stuttgart, Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff Forschung Stuttgart

SoLAR II - Smart Grid without load profile measurement Allensbach - Radolfzell

Funding source: Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment
Funding code: BWSGD19003
Term: 15.07.2019 until 14.07.2021
Budget of the ISC Konstanz: 169.562 €
Topic: SoLAR – Smart Grid without load profile measurement Allensbach – Radolfzell PHASE II, Part 1
Project partners: EIFER EDF-KIT EWIV, ALET-Immobilien-Besitz GmbH, Energiedienst

Ansprechpersonen:

PV Technologien

Dr. Radovan Kopecek

Systemtechnologien

Dr. Kristian Peter