SOLAR SUMMIT 2011 – Freiburg

Thank you!


Thank you to everyone who attended the Solar Summit 2011 in Freiburg, Germany!

It was a great event with more than 150 participants from over 16 countries.  The Solar Summit 2011, held from November 14-15, was an excellent platform for all representatives, coming from the diverse fields within the solar energy industry.

This fourth event of the Solar Summit series was offering, for the first time, a complete overview of all technologies in solar energy conversion. The focus in 2011 was the field of organic photovoltaics.

See you at the Solar Summit 2012 on October 18-19, 2012 !

The Solar Summit Freiburg 2011 is the International Conference on Highlights and Trends in Solar Energy. It gives a comprehensive overview of latest achievements and state of the art of all major technologies of solar energy conversion.

Solar Summits Freiburg is a series of international solar conferences, taking place for the forth time in Freiburg, Germany. While the first set of conferences was each dedicated to a special topic, this year for the first time the Solar Summit covers recent achievements in all major topics of solar energy research, market and policies. One specially featured topic in 2011 will be Organic PV, which promises to play an important role in the future.

Top-class speakers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and international experts will address a professional audience.

The conference is hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. The conference chairman, Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, deputy director of the Fraunhofer ISE, sets a high value on communication and networking possibilities during the conference. Following each lecture and of course during the breaks there will be sufficient time for queries and discussions among the experts and the audience.

The conference includes a Conference Dinner, a perfect stage for communication and networking of the solar community. For the conference participants, the Dinner offers a good opportunity to meet speakers and other industry representatives in a relaxed atmosphere.

Conference Topics

On Monday 14th November: Photovoltaics

  • Featured Topic: Organic PV
  • Trends and Achievements in Silicon PV
  • Alternative Photovoltaic Technologies and PV System Technology

On Tuesday 15th November: Solar Thermal Energy Systems and Energy Storage

  • Solar Thermal Collectors and Systems
  • Solar Thermal Energy for Industrial Processes and Power Generation
  • Energy Storage

Target Audience

The conference gives an overview on latest trends and achievements in solar research and industry and addresses a wide spectrum of solar professionals.
It is an ideal platform for decision makers and technical staff from industry and research and also provides latest information to representatives from banks and investment companies. To stay informed, the conference is relevant for policy makers and journalists as well.
Summarized, the audience will be composed of

  • Decision makers and technical staff from industry and research
  • Representatives from banks and investment companies
  • Policy makers
  • Journalists

Conference Language
English

Venue

Solar Summits – International Conference on Highlights and Trends in Solar Energy – will be held in Freiburg at the conference centre concert hall “Kongresszentrum Konzerthaus Freiburg”.


The Kongresszentrum Konzerthaus Freiburg provides a high-class background for conferences and symposia, as well as for receptions and many other events. It is located directly across the Freiburg main train station. The centre and old city of Freiburg are within walking distance.

Address
Kongresszentrum Konzerthaus Freiburg
Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1
79098 Freiburg
www.konzerthaus.freiburg.de

The Kongresszentrum Konzerthaus Freiburg is ideally located for public transport. The main train station, the central bus station and tram stops for almost all lines are just across the street.
There are also taxi ranks directly in front of the Kongresszentrum Konzerthaus Freiburg.

History of Solar Summits

The international conference series Solar Summits Freiburg celebrated its première in 2008. 230 distinguished photovoltaics experts attended the lectures featuring high-profile speakers and participated in the numerous round table discussions held on the subject of “Silicon Materials for Photovoltaics”. Have a look at the conference program 2008 and the press release 2008.

One year later, in 2009, the focus of the conference was the cutting-edge subject of “solar buildings”. Download the conference program 2009 and the press release 2009.

In 2010, the topic was “Solar Mobility – Batteries, Fuel Cells and Biofuels for Sustainable Electromobility”. Please notice the conference program 2010 and the press release 2010.

Facts and Figures

Host:Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Supporter:Freiburg Management and Marketing Ltd (FWTM)
Messe München GmbH
Organizer:PSE AG, Freiburg
Date:14th – 15th November 2011
Venue:Konzerthaus Freiburg, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg
Language:English
Participants:Decision makers and technical staff from industry and researchRepresentatives from banks and investment companiesPolicy makersJournalists

Conference Program


Monday, November 14, 2011 – Trends in Photovoltaics
SpeakerTitle
8:309:00reception with coffee
Opening Session
9:009:10Dr. Dieter SalomonWelcome
9:109:35Prof. Eicke R. Weber
Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Status Quo and Future of Solar Energy: Electricity, Heating and Cooling
9:3510:00Hans-Josef Fell
Deutscher Bundestag
The Role of Solar Energy in a Future Energy Scenario
10:0010:25Gerhard Stryi-Hipp
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Smart Energy Cities as an Important Element in Transforming the Energy System
10:2510:55Coffee break
Trends and Achievements in Silicon and Thin Film PV
10:5511.20Dr. Claus Beneking
ersol Solar Energy AG
Development of the PV Market and Trends in Cost
11.2011.45Dr. Stefan Reber
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Silicon Material for High Efficiency, Low-cost Solar Cells
11.4512.10Dr. Ralf Preu
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Si Cells
12.1012.35Dr. Harry Wirth
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
PV Module Technology and Reliability
12.3513.00Dr. Winfried Hoffmann
Applied Materials GmbH
& Co. KG 
Thin-film Cells and Modules
13:0014:00Lunch break
Featured Topic: Organic PV
14:0014:25Dr. Uli Würfel
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Organic Solar Cells – Advantages and Challenges
14:2514:50Dr. Moritz Riede
Institut für Angewandte Photophysik
Technische Universität Dresden
Vacuum Deposited Small Molecule Organic Solar Cells
14:5015:15n.n.Towards Production of Organic Solar Cells
15:1515:40Dr. Elizabeth v. Hauff
University of Freiburg/Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Advances in Efficiency and Stability in Polymer Based Solar Cells
10:2510:55Coffee break
Alternative Photovoltaic Technologies and PV System Technology
16:1016:35Andreas Gombert
SOITEC Solar GmbH
Concentrator Photovoltaic – Technology and Market Perspectives
16:3517:00Dr. Andreas Hinsch
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Dye-sensitized Solar Cells and Modules
17:0017:25Prof. Dr. Bruno Burger
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
High-efficiency PV Inverters
17:2517:50Tilmann Kuhn
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
New Concepts of Building Integrated Solar Energy Systems
20:00open endFreiburger Solarnacht Fraunhofer ISE
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – Trends in Solar Thermal and Energy Storage
Solar Thermal Collectors and Systems
9:009:30Werner Weiss
AEE INTEC
Overview on Market and Technology Development in Europe and the World
9:309:55Michael Hermann
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Recent Developments in Solar Thermal Collector Technology (Materials, Design, PV-T)
9:5510:20Sebastian Herkel
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Combination of Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps
10:2010:45Jan-Erik Nielsen
PlanEnergi, DK
Solar Thermal Energy in District Heating Networks – Recent Developments in Europe
10:4511:15Coffee break
Solar Thermal Energy for Processes and Power Generation
11:1511.45Prof. Dr. Robert Pitz-Paal
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
Trends in Concentrated Solar Power – Technologies, Systems, Markets
11.4512.10Anton Neuhäuser
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Trends in Medium Temperature Collector Technology and Solar Polygeneration
12.1012.35Joachim Koschikowski
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Solar Driven technologies for Water Treatment
12:3513:35Lunch break
Energy Storage
13:3514:05Prof. Dr. Dirk-Uwe Sauer
RWTH Aachen
Trends in Energy Storage Technologies
14:0514:30Dr. Matthias Vetter
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Batteries and Batttery Systems
14:3014:55Dr. Christopher Hebling
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Recent Trends in Hydrogen Technology
14:5515:20Dr. Stefan Henninger
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
New Materials for Heat Storage and Heat Transformation
Closing
15:2015:30Prof. Eicke R. Weber
Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Final Remarks and Closing

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Claus Beneking

Development of the PV Market and Trends in Cost

Monday 14, 10:55 – 11:20

Dr. Claus Beneking (*1955) studied Physics at the RWTH Aachen, where he earned his Doctorate in 1985. He worked for Philips in Aachen and Eindhoven in Light and Gas Discharge Technology from 1985 to 1991. In 1991, Dr. Beneking began working at the Research Center Jülich, where he was responsible for the development and direction of a research laboratory for thin film silicon solar cells. In 1998, he returned to the RWTH Aachen as director of a laboratory for processing and characterization of multi-crystalline silicon solar cells. In 2000, Dr. Beneking became the CEO of ErSol Solarstrom GmbH & Co. KG. He became Speaker of the Management Board upon ErSol’s incorporation in 2001, and then Chairman of the Management Board in 2005. When ErSol was taken over by Robert Bosch GmbH in 2008, Dr. Beneking left the company, but remained a consultant for the company until 2010. He currently works as a freelance consultant at the Fraunhofer ISE, focusing on photovoltaics and its implementation within the larger context of energy management.
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Prof. Dr. Bruno Burger, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

High-efficiency PV inverters

Monday 14, 17:00 – 17:25

Prof. Burger is the head of the power electronics department at Fraunhofer ISE. His research and development activities are focused on power electronics and digital controls for photovoltaics and fuel cells. He gives a lecture titled “Power electronics for renewable energy sources” at the University of Karlsruhe and also works in standardization committees like DKE on new standards for photovoltaics.

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Hans-Josef Fell, Deutscher Bundestag

The Role of Solar Energy in a Future Energy Scenario

Monday 14, 9:35 – 10:00

Hans-Josef Fell is the spokesman on energy policy for the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group in the Bundestag.

He wrote the draft Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), which was adopted in 2000 in the face of strong political opposition. He was also involved in drafting the law amending the EEG in 2004. The EEG is the foundation for the technological developments in photovoltaics, biogas, wind power and geothermal energy in Germany, which are admired throughout the world. The underlying principle of the EEG has now been copied in dozens of countries.

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Dr. Andreas Gombert, SOITEC

Concentrator Photovoltaic – Technology and Market Perspectives

Monday 14, 16:10 – 16:35

Dr. Andreas Gombert is the VP System Platform and R&D at Soitec´s Solar Energy business unit. He is responsible for research, development and technology.
He is a graduated photo engineer and has a diploma in advanced studies of optics. He received his PhD from the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, and habilitated at the Technical Faculty at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg in micro system technologies. He has 12 years of experience in management of industrial R&D projects at Fraunhofer ISE and was the head of the department “Materials research and applied optics”. In sum, he has more than 20 years international research experience in the areas of solar energy systems and applied optics.

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Dr. Elizabeth v. Hauff, University of Freiburg / FraunhoferISE

Advances in Efficiency and Stability in Polymer Based Solar Cells

Monday 14, 15:15 – 15:40


Elizabeth von Hauff completed a BSc Honours in Physics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada in 2000. From 2000-2001 she did an MSc in Renewable Energies with a specialisation in photovoltaics at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Elizabeth did her PhD work in Oldenburg in the field of organic photovoltaics in the Energy and Semiconductor Research Laboratory (EHF) from 2002-2005. From 2006-2011 she has been working as the group leader of the “organic electronics” team at the University of Oldenburg. Starting in July 2011 she will assume a W2 professorship at the University of Freiburg in cooperation with Fraunhofer ISE. 

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Dr. Christopher Hebling, Fraunhofer ISE

Recent Trends in Hydrogen Technology

Tuesday 15, 14:30 – 14:55


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Dr. Stefan Henninger, Fraunhofer ISE

New Materials for Heat Storage and Heat Transformation

Tuesday 15, 14:55 – 15:20

Stefan Henninger studied Physics at the University of Freiburg, where he earned his Doctorate in 2003.  He worked at the Freiburger Material Research Center from 2003 to 2007, using computer simulation to identify different adsorbents for heat storage and transformation applications via Monte Carlo methods of water adsorption.  He has worked at the Fraunhofer ISE since 2008, and has been Team Manager of Sorption Technology – Material Development and Characterization since 2009.

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Sebastian Herkel, Fraunhofer ISE

Combination of Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps

Tuesday 14, 9:55 : 10:20

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Dr. Michael Hermann, Fraunhofer ISE

Recent Developments in Solar Thermal Collector Technology (Materials, Design, PV-T)

Tuesday 15, 9:30 – 9:55

Since 4/06 Dr. Michael Hermann is a member of research staff at Fraunhofer ISE. He was working in collaboration and project management in various research projects. In 4/08 Dr. Michael Hermann was awarded the first international “Bionic Award 2008” for research work done within scope of doctoral thesis. Since 4/09 Dr. Hermann is head of the team „Innovation and Modeling” within the working group “Thermal Collectors and Applications”/ Division “Solar Thermal and Optics” at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg.

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Dr. Andreas Hinsch, Fraunhofer ISE

Dye-sensitized Solar Cells and Modules

Monday 14, 16:35 – 17:00

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Dr. Winfried Hoffmann, Applied Materials GmbH & Co. KG 

Thin-film Cells and Modules

Monday 14, 12:35 – 13:00

Dr. Winfried Hoffmann graduated in physics and did his PhD-thesis in biophysics. He joined the just formed photovoltaic R & D group for thin film solar cells of NUKEM in 1979 and took over its leadership in 1985.He initiated the Joint-Venture in the photovoltaic field between NUKEM and Daimler-Benz Aerospace to form “Angewandte Solarenergie – ASE GmbH” in 1994 which later bacame RWE Solar GmbH. Effective in 2005 SCHOTT acquired the shares of the company and it was renamed SCHOTT Solar GmbH.In 2007 he joined Applied Materials to become Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of the Solar Business Group and member of the Management Board of the German based Applied Materials GmbH. From November 2010 he serves as consultant to the solar business of Applied Materials.

He is currently Vice President of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and member of the Scientific Board of the Fraunhofer institute for solar energy (FhG-ISE) and member of the Supervisory Board of the institute for solar energy research in Hameln (ISFH) as well as of the Helmholtz Centre Berlin.

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Tilmann Kuhn, Fraunhofer ISE

New Concepts of Building Integrated Solar Energy Systems

Monday 14, 17:25 – 17:50

Mr. Tilmann E. Kuhn earned his Diploma in Physics at the University of Heidelberg.  From 1996 to 1999, he was employed in scientific capacity by the Projektgesellschaft für solare Energiesysteme, PSE, in Freiburg, Germany.  Beginning in 1999, Mr. Kuhn has been employed by the Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme, ISE, where he has been Group Manager for Solar Façades since 2004.  Mr. Kuhn is also Director of the DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025-accredited “TestLab Solar Façades” testing laboratory and coordinator of national and international research projects.

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Anton Neuhäuser, Fraunhofer ISE

Trends in Medium Temperature Collector Technology and Solar Polygeneration

Tuesday 15, 11.45 – 12:10

Anton Neuhaeuser (Dipl.-Ing.) is project manager at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). He studied Energy and Process Engineering focusing on renewable energy. He received his diploma degree for his diploma thesis “Implementation of a simulation model for a solar power-plant with linear Fresnel-collectors and estimation of economics at 1 MW thermal power”.  His recent fields of R&D activities include the simulation of different power generating cycles for combined heat, cold and power for grid connected and off-grid applications. He is coordinating the solar polygeneration laboratory at Fraunhofer ISE. At TU Berlin he lectures “Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)”.

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Jan-Erik Nielsen, PlanEnergi, DK

Solar Thermal Energy in District Heating Networks – Recent Developments in Europe

Tuesday 15, 10:20 – 10:45

Jan Erik Nielsen (M.Sc.) is head of department in the consulting engineering company PlanEnergi (www.planenergi.dk). PlanEnergi has been involved in many of the Danish large solar district heating systems being built from early ’90-ties till now. Jan Erik Nielsen is Operating Agent of the new IEA-SHC Task 45 on “Large Solar Systems”, which started beginning of 2011. Jan Erik Nielsen is “European Operating Agent“ for the IEA-SHC Task 43 on “Solar rating and certification procedures” and, and he was one of the driving forces in establishing the Solar Keymark certification scheme.

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Prof. Dr. Robert Pitz-Paal, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.

Trends in Concentrated Solar Power – Technologies, Systems, Markets

Tuesday 15, 11:15 – 11:45

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Pitz-Paal graduated from the Ludwig Maximillians University in Munich with a degree in physics in 1988. In 1993 he received his PhD in mechanical engineering and 1993 he joined the German Aerospace Centre. Today he is one of the two directors of DLR Solar Research Institute with more than 100 members of staff. located in Cologne, Stuttgart and Almería, Spain. This position is jointly assigned with a professorship for Solar Technology at the RWTH Aachen University.

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Dr. Ralf Preu, Fraunhofer ISE

Si Cells

Monday 14, 11.45 – 12:10

Ralf Preu is Department Director for PV Production Technology and Quality Control at the Fraunhofer Institut für Solar Energiesysteme, ISE, where he has been employed since 1993.  He earned a Diploma in Physics at the University of Freiburg in 1996, a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering in 2000 and a Diploma in Economics at the University of Hagen in 2003.  The title of his dissertation is, “Innovative Production Technologies for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells.”  He is the head of the Photovoltaic Technology Evaluation Center, PV-TEC, at the Fraunhofer ISE—the largest non-profit research laboratory for the development of crystalline silicon solar cells.  He is author and co-author of over 100 scientific publications.

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Dr. Stefan Reber, Fraunhofer ISE

Silicon Material for High Efficiency, Low-cost Solar Cells

Monday 14, 11:20 – 11:45

Dr. Reber received his physics degree in 1995 at the University of Darmstadt. He got in first contact with silicon materials for Photovoltaics during his Ph.D. work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, where he focussed on high-temperature crystalline silicon thin-film solar cells. From 2000 on, he directed the „crystalline silicon thin-film solar cells“ business field on its way from lab to pilot scale. Dr. Reber is now head of the department “Crystalline Silicon – Materials and Thin-Film Solar Cells” at Fraunhofer ISE, which covers the complete value chain from feedstock to wafers, wafer equivalents and innovative c-Si materials.

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Dr. Moritz Riede, Institut für Angewandte Photophysik TU Dresden

Vacuum Deposited Small Molecule Organic Solar Cells

Monday 14, 14:25 – 14:50

Moritz Riede is currently heading the organic solar cell group at the Institut für Angewandte Photophysik (IAPP) of the TU Dresden. Before moving to Dresden, he studied physics at the University of Cambridge, UK, and obtained his PhD degree in 2006 from the University of Konstanz for research carried out at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Freiburg Materials research centre FMF. After his PhD he joined the group of Prof. Karl Leo at the IAPP in 2007 and his research focus is on small molecule based organic solar cells.

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Dr. Dieter Salomon, Mayor of Freiburg

Welcome

Monday 14, 9:00 – 9:10

Dr. Dieter Salomon was elected the first Green Party mayor of a German city in 2002 and took office on July 1st, 2002.  On April 25th, 2010 he was re-elected for a second eight-year term.  He is a member of the Steering Committee of the German Association of Towns and Cities, Vice Chairman of the Baden-Württemberg Council of Cities, Chair of the Employers’ Association of Baden-Württemberg (KAV), and member of the World Executive Committee, ICLEI (International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives).

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Prof. Dr. Dirk-Uwe Sauer, RWTH Aachen

Trends in Energy Storage Technologies

Tuesday 15, 13:35 – 14:05


Prof. Dr. Dirk-Uwe Sauer is Professor for “Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems” at RWTH Aachen University and currently leads the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA). ISEA is working for more than 40 years on the following research areas: Power Electronics, Electronic Devices, Electrical Drives and Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems.

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Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, Fraunhofer ISE

Smart Energy Cities as an Important Element in Transforming the Energy System

Monday 14, 10:00 – 10:25

Gerhard Stryi-Hipp is a physicist and is working in the solar thermal energy and photovoltaic sector since 1992. Recently he extended his work to include ‘smart energy cities’ and the development of renewable energy concepts. Until 2008, he was managing director of the German Solar Industry Association BSW-Solar and its predecessors. In 2009 he moved to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE as Head of Energy Policy and Group Leader Solar Thermal Collectors and Applications.

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Dr. Matthias Vetter, Fraunhofer ISE

Batteries and Batttery Systems

Tuesday 15, 14:05 – 14:30

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Vetter, Electrical Engineer, 13 years of experience at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. PhD thesis in the field of modelling and development of control strategies for fuel cell systems. Until 2005 project manager in the field of modelling, simulation and development of control strategies for distributed power generation systems. Until 2010 head of group “off-grid power supply”. Since 2011 head of department “PV off-grid solutions and battery system technology”. Work topics among others: Autonomous systems and mini-grids, decentralized grid-connected PV battery systems, development of battery systems for stationary and automotive applications.

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Prof. Eicke R. Weber, Director of Fraunhofer ISE

Status Quo and Future of Solar Energy: Electricity, Heating and Cooling

Monday 14, 9:10 – 9:35

Professor Eicke R. Weber is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Professor for Physics / Solar Energy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and at the Faculty of Engineering at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. The ISE institute is one of the world-leading research institutes in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The focus of Prof. Weber’s research is the analysis of lattice defects in Si and compound semiconductors. Recently he studied specifically how good solar cells can be produced out of upgraded metallurgical (“dirty”) silicon with high impurity content.

Prof. Weber studied Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany where he made his doctorate in 1976 and his habilitation in 1983. From 1983-2006 he lectured at the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley – since 1991 as Professor of Materials Science. He was president of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America (AvHAA) from 2001-2003 and in 2003 he was elected founding president of the German Scholars Organization (GSO). In 2006 he received the Award of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) of the German President.

In July 2008 Prof. Weber was appointed Director to the SEMI International Board of Directors. In October 2009 he was elected Honorary Member of the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. Since 2010 Prof. Weber is Member of acatech – the German Academy of Science and Engineering, Berlin.

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Werner Weiss,  AEE INTEC

Overview on Market and Technology Development in Europe and the World

Tuesday 15, 9:00 – 9:30

Werner Weiss is a mechanical engineer with more than 25 years experience in the field of solar thermal energy. He is director of AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies in Austria and since June 2010 chairman of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

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Dr. Harry Wirth, Fraunhofer ISE

PV Module Technology and Reliability

Monday 14, 12:10 – 12:35

Dr. Harry Wirth, born in 1968, received a diploma degree in physics in 1995 from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He earned his PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and from 1999 he headed the R&D group of a specialty insulating glazing manufacturer.

In 2005, he came back to Fraunhofer ISE to build up the group “Photovoltaic Modules”. He also was responsible for the installation of the PV Module Technology Center at Fraunhofer ISE. Since October 2010 he heads the new department “Photovoltaic Modules, Systems and Reliability“, engaged mainly in the development, testing and monitoring of Photovoltaic Modules.

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Dr. Uli Würfel, Fraunhofer ISE

Organic Solar Cells – Advantages and Challenges

Monday 14, 14:00 – 14:25

Since 06/2009, Dr. Uli Würfel is heading the group “Dye and Organic Solar Cells” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and the Freiburg Materials Research Centre (FMF) at the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg. There are currently more than 25 people working in the group (incl. students), among them 6 PhD students. Mr. Würfel did his Master and PhD on Dye Solar Cells and is working in the field of Organic Solar Cells since 4 years.

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