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Optimized light management: Fraunhofer CSP develops new test to reduce optical losses in solar module
The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP and the companies f solar GmbH, KURARAY Europe GmbH and SCHLENK AG are working together to increase solar panel energy efficiency: The three companies are combining their respective products into test panels and research is underway to determine the best possible combination. Fraunhofer CSP is contributing to the project with the development of an innovative method of characterization that examines and evaluates each individual component. The exact calibration of each individual component leads to an overall increase in efficiency of the newly created system of more than 5%. [more]
Solar cells must endure a lot: snow, hot summer days, rain and humidity. To provide maximum protection to the cells, the manufacturers embed them in plastic, usually in ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA).
At the 2014 Winter Paralympics, competitors will line up wearing optimized sit skis that are adapted to their individual needs. This is made possible by a new manufacturing method which Fraunhofer researchers helped to develop. [more]
Special underwater coatings prevent shells and other organisms from growing on the hull of ships – but biocide paints are ecologically harmful. Together with the industry, researchers have developed more environmentally-friendly alternatives.
HORGEN, Schweiz – 27. November 2012 – The Rainbow4Children Foundation teaches over 950 disadvantaged children at the Nicolas Robinson School in the Ethiopian town of Mekele. Up until now, adequate electricity supply was lacking especially for ensuring water distribution. Thanks to Dow, this is now a thing of the past: in collaboration with the highly regarded Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP, the Company has provided a reliable electricity supply benefiting Ethiopian pupils. [more]