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Photovoltaic Technology

Monolithically III-V/silicon tandem solar cell with an efficiency
of 33.3% © Fraunhofer ISE


Challenges of photovoltaics:

  • Further reduction cost of PV-generated electricity
  • High conversion efficiency of solar cells is a key parameter
    for further cost reduction
  • But: Theoretical efficiency of simple solar cells is limited to
    values around 30% (Shockley-Queisser limit)


Tasks for Sustainable Systems Engineers:

  • Improve current solar cell technologies to improve efficiency and reduce production costs
  • Develop advanced characterization and simulation tools
  • Develop new solar cell concepts to enable efficiencies greater than the Shockley-Queisser limit
  • Investigate new photovoltaic absorber material as perovskites


Related scientific projects of INATECH:


Related lectures (MA-SSE):

  • Solar Energy (Glunz, Kramer, Schossig)
  • PV-Laboratory (Glunz, Tucher)
  • Grid integration and Control
  • Energy Storage
  • Power Electronics Circuits and Devices          
  • Power Electronics for E-Mobility, Photovoltaics and Wind Energy
  • Electromobility
  • Emerging and Future Photovoltaic Technology Options
  • Characterization of Solar Cells
  • Multi-junction Solar Cell Technology and Concentrator PV
  • Energy Economics and Energy Policy