The ISC Konstanz is a private research institute specialising in the research and development of crystalline silicon industrial solar cells and modules. Since the short time of its foundation, ISC Konstanz has experienced a vivid growth and is now ranked among the top research institutes in the world. Currently 50 employees are dedicated to reduce production costs and increase the efficiency of solar cells. We have reached solar cell efficiencies on large industrial solar cells exceeding 21%.
In addition to research and development, ISC Konstanz recognises the importance of promoting the use of photovoltaic (PV) technology. This is why we provide advanced training for experts in photovoltaics, offer internships and study visits to our labs for schools. We also give talks and presentations on photovoltaics, accessible and comprehensible for the general public. In our development cooperation projects which aim at bringing solar power to third world countries, we use solar cells from our R&D activities and organise modules from our sponsors. In addition, we organise conferences and workshops on a high scientific level in order to spread knowledge in the PV community: www.siliconpv.com / www.bifPV-workshop.com / www.nPV-workshop.com ISC Konstanz has solid expertise in coordinating and cooperating in integrated EC funded projects within the 6th and 7th FP of the EU.
To further promote the use of photovoltaic, ISC has established activities on PV systems. We established several roof-top and a PV facade systems, coordinate a PV network with many players in the Konstanz region, consult organisations and private citizen about the potential of PV, organise a competition for the best solar systems for Konstanz’ citizen, offer free PV tours for children and students etc. Currently we are founding member of the association “Solar Cluster Baden Württemberg e.V. in Gr”. Recently ISC was consultant and sponsor of the Solar Decathlon Europe, where the Applied University of Konstanz (HTWG) with “teamecolar” ranked on place number 4 (out of 20 participants). The Competition, held in Madrid in 2012, is one of the most important and acknowledged architectural competitions in the world: http://sde2012.htwg-konstanz.de/en/the-competition/solar- decathlon-europe.html
Main tasks in the project
ISC will coordinate WP5 and WP6 dealing with the installation of smart micro-grid equipment and software at both trial sites, the trial operation including storage systems and the evaluation of the test results. ISC will involve the end users in Konstanz throughout the development to ensure the acceptability of the solution.
People involved in the project
Dr. Kristian Peter (CEO) obtained his diploma in Physics in 1993 at the University of Konstanz. He pursued his Ph.D. in the area of crystalline thin film solar cells in 1997. He has been responsible for the further development of crystalline silicon solar cells as well as the acquisition of financing projects as a group and project leader.
Since 2006, he has been leading the photovoltaic departments at the University of Konstanz. Hi is one of the founding members of ISC Konstanz and member of the executive committee Board. One of his main fields of interest is the low energy building master plan. He also allocates experience from his private 2,5 fold energy plus house, mainly due to the photovoltaic and solar thermal systems in combination with earth heat pump techniques.
Dr. Joachim Glatz-Reichenbach is oroject manager at the International Solar Energy Research Center (ISC) Konstanz. He received his PhD from the University of Konstanz in 1991. His working experience includes industrial material and product development for electronics and photovoltaics (ABB and Umicore). He has been employed at ISC Konstanz since August 2008, focusing on optical and electrical characterization of solar cells and solar cell materials. He is also the project manager for applied photovoltaics with a focus on smart systems and storage technology, currently strongly involved in the EU-funded project CoSSMic.
Matthias Noebels, born in 1989, is studying Physics at the University of Konstanz. In 2012, he completed his bachelor’s degree with a thesis on organic solar cells, which he worked on as an ERASMUS student at Aberystwyth University, Wales. Besides his current master’s programme he is developing hardware and software solutions for the Systems and Application department at ISC Konstanz.