To keep Germany’s leading position in the PV-market, it is crucial to increase the technological effort in the rapidly expanding field of thin-film PV as well. Here, swift transfer from lab developments into cost effective production is a key factor. PVcomB’s main goal is to support worldwide growth of thin-film photovoltaic technologies and -products by providing the much needed technology transfer. The structure of PVcomB is unique in its combination of R&D with high-level education and training. In cooperative projects with industry, all relevant aspects of the production of thin-film modules are addressed. Additionally, education and training provides the industry with highly skilled thin-film PV professionals. This unique approach has been recognised by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research): PVcomB will receive EUR 15 million over the next 5 years.Founding partners of PVcomB are Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH (HZB) and Technische Universität Berlin (TUB).
PVcomB is building two dedicated pilot-lines for intermediate size PV modules with an area of 30 x 30 cm2. A truly unique feature of these research lines is that both technologies, thin-film silicon as well as CIS, will be studied within a single research facility. This convenient arrangement offers the potential to unlock significant synergies in many topics common to all thin film based technologies. Using the pilot line as benchmark, alternative processes and analytical steps will be developed and tested, including the development of new materials. The great variety of analytical tools at PVcomB available ensures that changes in the product performance can be linked to fundamental material properties.
As a research structure within the HZB, PVcomB uses outstanding highly sophisticated analytical tools for investigating materials, cells and modules. Together with HZB, PVcomB is a unique research partner within the scientific community.
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