The Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern) is a registered non-profit association which was established to promote scientific activities in all fields significant to energy research. The association supports a research institute with divisions in Würzburg, Garching, Hof, Erlangen and Nuremberg. The Solar Factory of the Future, as part of the section renewable energies in Nuremberg, develops production technologies for the manufacturing of third generation PV modules. The expertise of the Solar Factory comprises printable ink formulations, printing and structuring processes as well as the processing and characterization of OPV modules. These modules are processed on both, flexible plastic and glass substrates, either by large area slot-die coating in combination with laser structuring or by ink-jet printing.
Based on new materials, device engineering and optical and electrical simulations
the production of semitransparent modules with an efficiency loss of less than 10 %
in comparison to lab cells has been achieved which paves the way for various applications.