Partners & People – International Solar energy research Centre Konstanz (ISC Konstanz)

International Solar energy research Centre Konstanz (ISC Konstanz)
ISC Konstanz researches and develops crystalline Silicon solar cells. The institute work closely together with leading enterprises and research institutes in this field.
Currently, the ISC Konstanz is conducting 30 different projects on industrial and publicly funded level. The financial volume of the research projects amounted annually to 3-4 million euros. The ISC Konstanz employs more than 45 people. The researchers evaluate new, cost-efficient silicon raw materials and optimize existing production steps and machinery. Furthermore, they test new technologies for industrial solar cell production and develop innovative solar cell concepts.

CV of persons who will primarily be involved in the project

Dr. Kristian Peter 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. Main fields of interest are photovoltaic systems and applications.

Florian Buchholz studied Chemistry and English (earning qualification as a high school teacher) at the University of Konstanz from 2003 to 2010. In 2007, he spent one year in Sydney, studying and conducting research at the University of Technology. His thesis was titled “Surface analysis of metal contamination on Si wafers for solar cells”. From July 2008 to November 2009, Florian Buchholz worked as a research assistant at ISC Konstanz, where he was responsible for wet-chemical processes and process analysis. Since 2010, he has been writing his dissertation at ISC Konstanz, investigating metal contamination in the solar cell process. He is currently employed as R&D engineer the Quality Management Department at ISC Konstanz.