Project portraits - Research for the energy transition


Roll-to-roll deposition and printing process
© Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum FMF, Universität Freiburg - Thomas Hansmann

Photovoltaics
Organic solar cells protect water reservoirs

Buoyant foils with organic solar cells can protect water reservoirs and generate sustainable power at the same time.

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Coating system
© Jonas und Redmann

Photovoltaics
Industry 4.0 for highly efficient heterojunction solar cells

Production plants automatically detect even the smallest malfunctions; new cell concepts enable 24 per cent efficiency - maximum quality at low cost.

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Konrad Zuse power plant
© Allgäuer Kraftwerke GmbH

Hydrodynamic Power
Generating power with fish bypass

The new weir system at Hinterstein hydroelectric power plant has been in operation since spring 2020. Fish can pass the weir without injury.

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Process plant for CIGS co-evaporation
© ZSW

Photovoltaics
Increasing the efficiency of CIGS thin-film solar cells through alkali treatment

Developing new production processes for CIGS thin-film solar cells and modules and optimising function layers using alkaline elements.

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Offshore wind farm
© Pixabay - Florian Pircher

Wind power
Efficient wind turbines made of reinforced and prestressed concrete

Research project closes knowledge gap on the fatigue behaviour of concrete at high load changes. This might reduce the cost of wind power.

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Decorative picture
© Unsplash – Nicholas Doherty

Wind power
Intelligent control of rotor blade aerodynamics

Systems integrated in rotor blades generate air currents. The aerodynamics of the wind turbine improve, the energy yield increases.

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Application device
© Universität Bremen, BIK

Wind power
Protecting rotor blades from ice and rain

No ice and no erosion at the blade edge of wind turbines. New thermoplastic hybrid material with integrated heating foil protects the leading edge.

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Interior view of a concentrator photovoltaic module
© AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH

Photovoltaics
Module with five-junction solar cell achieves efficiency of 32 per cent

Multi-junction solar cells are suitable for concentrating photovoltaics in sunny countries. The efficiency of the module reaches 41 percent.

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Module manufacturing
© AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH

Photovoltaics
Simple structure of concentrator photovoltaic modules

Modules for concentrating photovoltaics are to be built directly on site in sunny countries to save transport and production costs.

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