PV Days 2018

Solar solutions for vehicles and buildings: PV Days in Halle showed new opportunities for photovoltaics

Experts from industry and science discussed the latest research results and development perspectives of the international photovoltaic industry at the PV Days from 23 to 24 October 2018 at the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale). This year's symposium focused on the topics of digitalzation and data science as well as vehicle and building integration of lightweight modules. In addition, an exhibition was on show.

During the two-day conference at Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP, leading experts from research institutions and industrial companies exchanged their views on the latest trends in the photovoltaic industry in a total of 11 sessions. This year's fifth edition of the event focused in particular on lightweight modules and their application in building and vehicle integration as well as data collection in photovoltaic systems.

In addition to the traditional lecture programme, there was an accompanying exhibition in which examples of building and vehicle-integrated photovoltaics such as balcony modules were shown. Also on display was the Streetscooter, a fully electric pick-up truck of the PS Union Halle, as well as diagnostic measuring devices developed at the Fraunhofer CSP such as Smart Magnetic Field, a test device that uses magnetic field measurement to determine the quality of solar cell connectors.

"Lightweight construction is also of elementary importance for photovoltaics. Together with partners from industry, we are developing lightweight modules for the mass market, some of which can be used flexibly on buildings or vehicles and have various functionalities. These and other exciting and forward-looking projects were the subject of this year's PV Days. I am particularly pleased to have been hosting this symposium for the first time in my new role as head of the Fraunhofer CSP," says Prof. Dr. Ralph Gottschalg, head of the reliability and technology department for grid parity at the Fraunhofer CSP.


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