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Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber receives SolarWorld Einstein Award

The ninth SolarWorld Einstein Award is to be presented to Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber, head of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), this evening within the framework of the Intersolar trade show in Munich. With the award the scientist is being recognized for his active contributions to the development of solar technology and its application in power generation.

Dr.-Ing. E. h. Frank Asbeck, CEO of SolarWorld, has acknowledged the award winner as one of the greatest researchers in Europe's solar industry. At the Fraunhofer ISE, important know-how is developed for the solar industry and created into practical applications under the direction of Prof. Weber. However, his influence reaches far beyond his activities at the institute. "Eicke Weber is one of the epitomes of communication and networking for solar energy in Europe. He has given solar energy a voice which is heard beyond the scientific community in political and social spheres.“

The physicist, born in 1949, has concerned himself primarily with silicon defects and III-V semiconductors. Recently, he has been focussing on how simply manufactured raw silicon (umg-Si) can be used to produce good solar cells. The raw material used is one of the most important factors in reducing the cost of solar modules. In addition to his position at the Fraunhofer ISE, he holds the chair of physics / solar energy in the mathematics and physics department of the faculty of technology at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg. Professor Eicke Weber has also always been committed to international cooperation and the exchange of ideas and up-and-coming talent over the course of his scientific career.

Junior Award for Scientists from ISE and HTW Berlin
The SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award is being presented twice this year. The award winners are Pierre Saint-Cast of the Fraunhofer ISE and Johannes Weniger of the HTW Berlin. In his dissertation " Passivation of Si surfaces by PECVD aluminium oxide," Saint-Cast, according to the jury, "developed industry-suitable solar cell rear side passivation using aluminum oxide, which works to improve the efficiency of the cells". The native Frenchman was able to display that aluminum oxide deposits on the rear side of the solar cell slow down the recombination of the electrons and reflect infrared light into the cell. Both effects increase efficiency. Johannes Weniger displayed in his Master thesis “Dimensionierung und Netzintegration von PV-Speichersystemen“ (Dimensioning and Grid Integration of PV Storage Systems) how photovoltaics and battery systems can be combined efficiently and integrated into an existing energy system. He used his comprehensive simulation calculations to develop recommendations for the dimensioning of solar power systems and the corresponding storage systems to achieve the most economical operation. In view of the increasing number of solar power system feeding into the utility grid, he recommends limiting feed-in in order to maximize the installable PV power in a specific grid area. "An excellent thesis in the area of technical engineering which provides answers to topical questions in the photovoltaics industry," stated the jury.

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