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Seminar Instructors

Our seminar instructors are scientists involved in research and development at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. They have a wealth of experience in the field of crystalline silicon solar cell technology and offer well-grounded information and insight on the subject. They include the newest technological developments in their seminars, and seminar content is continually updated.
Dr. Daniel Biro

Dr. Daniel Biro

Daniel Biro, born 1972, studied physics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. He received his PhD degree from the University of Freiburg in 2003 in the field of silicon solar cell diffusion technologies. In 1995 he joined the silicon cell characterization group at Fraunhofer ISE. In 1999 he started working in the silicon solar cell production technology group of Fraunhofer ISE. In 2004/2005 he coordinated the design and ramp-up of the production oriented research platform PV-TEC and is now head of the group “High Temperature and Printing Technologies/ Industrial Cell Structures” at Fraunhofer ISE. 
Claudio Ferrara

Claudio Ferrara

Claudio Ferrara studied Physics and Architectural Engineering at the universities of Göttingen, Weimar and Karlsruhe. He has been head of the department “Weathering and Reliability” and the “TestLab PV Module” at the Fraunhofer ISE since 2008. His field of research includes analysis of long-term behavior of materials, single components and complete PV modules. Mr. Ferrara completed his thesis in Physics at Fraunhofer ISE, and then went on to work as a research assistant at several universities. Before returning to ISE, Mr. Ferrara was employed by the TÜV Rheinland Group as Senior Expert for Renewable Energies.
Dr. Stefan Glunz

Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Glunz

Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Glunz is head of the department “Silicon Solar Cells - Development and Characterization” at Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Freiburg in 1995. His research is focused on the design, fabrication and analysis of high-efficiency silicon solar cells. Among other scientific and technological achievements his group has set the actual world record for solar cells on multicrystalline silicon.
Sebastian Nold

Sebastian Nold

Sebastian Nold studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and the University of Dunedin, New Zealand, and earned his Diploma in Industrial Engineering at Karlsruhe in 2009. Mr. Nold has worked at the Fraunhofer ISE since 2008 in the field of cost calculation, technology assessment and economic evaluation of new concepts in the production of silicon solar cells. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis at the Fraunhofer ISE on “Technological and Economic Assessment of the Production of Ultra-Thin Silicon Solar Cells.”
Dr. Ralf Preu

Dr. Ralf Preu

Ralf Preu is Head of the Department for PV Production Technology and Quality Assurance at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, which he joined in 1993. He received a diploma degree in physics in 1996 from the University of Freiburg, Germany, a PhD degree in electrical engineering in 2000 and a diploma degree in economics in 2003 from the University of Hagen. His PhD thesis is entitled “Innovative production technologies for crystalline silicon solar cells”. He is in charge of the Photovoltaic Technology Evaluation Center in Freiburg, the largest non-for-profit laboratory for crystalline silicon solar cells development. He is author and co-author of more than 100 scientific papers. 
Dr. Stefan Rein

Dr. Stefan Rein

Dr. Stefan Rein studied Physics at the University of Freiburg and completed his diploma thesis at the Fraunhofer ISE on “Light-Induced Degradation in Cz-Silicon.” He earned his Doctorate in Physics at the University of Constance for his research at the Fraunhofer ISE on “Lifespan Spectroscopy: A Method of Defect Characterization in Silicon for Photovoltaic Applications.” In 2005, Dr. Rein began working in the Silicon Solar Cell Production Technology Group at the Fraunhofer ISE and in the planning and construction of the research line PV-TEC. He has been Group Leader for “Inline Metrology and Quality Control” at the Fraunhofer ISE since 2007, focusing on new silicon materials, metrology and production control.
Dr. Jochen Rentsch

Dr. Jochen Rentsch

Jochen Rentsch is Head of the Wet Chemical and Plasma Technologies / Cell Process Transfer department at Fraunhofer ISE. He received his Ph.D degree in physics in 2005 from the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany. He studied physics at the Technical University of Braunschweig and obtained his diploma degree in 2002. At Fraunhofer ISE, his research focuses on the development of rear passivated solar cells, new wet and dry chemical processing technologies and the coordination of cell technology transfer projects.
Dr. Harry Wirth

Dr. Harry Wirth

Dr. Harry Wirth, born in 1968, joint Fraunhofer ISE in 1993 and received a diploma degree in physics in 1995 from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He earned his PhD at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and from 1999 he was head of the R&D group of an insulating glazing manufacturer. In 2005 he came back to Fraunhofer ISE to build up the group “Photovoltaic Modules”. He was also responsible for the installation of the PV Module Technology Center at Fraunhofer ISE. Since October 2010 he is head of the new department “Photovoltaic Modules, Systems and Reliability“, engaged mainly in the development, testing and monitoring of Photovoltaic Modules.


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Currently no open seminars are offered. 

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