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Research Delivers – What is Slowing Down the Expansion of Solar Energy?

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | Rutger Schlatmann, Klaus Mindrup, Steve Albrecht, Samira Aden, Simon Kirner

Thanks to new technologies from research, solar power does not cost more than coal-based electricity; but why is the expansion simply not getting off the ground?

Solar modules could also cover a considerable proportion of the energy requirements in cities – especially if the surfaces on the facades are also used in future. For this purpose, there are now a large number of aesthetically attractive facade solutions that also convert scattered light into electricity and are available in many colors and shapes. More and more solutions are emerging from research that enable even higher efficiencies and even lower module costs. The technologies are there and the kilowatt hour of solar power is no more expensive than coal-fired power. Yet the expansion is not getting off the ground. What is the reason for this?

Photovoltaics researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will meet with representatives from politics and industry in a panel discussion. They will discuss research successes, economic aspects, market strategies, political incentives, construction challenges and what is needed to ensure that more solar power soon finds its way into living rooms. Selected questions from the online audience feed into the discussion.

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Rutger Schlatmann

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

Director Competence Centre Photovoltaics Berlin

Rutger Schlatmann studied physics at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, and completed his doctorate in 1995 at the AMOLF Institute in Amsterdam. He then went into industry as a researcher and set up a pilot line for the production of flexible thin-film solar cells. Since 2008, the photovoltaic expert has been head of the Competence Center Photovoltaics (PVcomB) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. He is also a Professor at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences.

Klaus Mindrup

Member of the Bundestag

Klaus Mindrup, 56 years old, graduate biologist, SPD, member of the Bundestag since 2013, member of the Committee on Construction, Housing, Urban Development and Communities and the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Co-speaker of the climate protection support group of the SPD parliamentary group. Until May 2014 he was deputy chairman of the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues e.V.. From 2009 to 2013 he was a member of the board of the German Wind Energy Association.

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Steve Albrecht

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

Head of the young investigator group Perowskite Tandem Solar Cells

Steve Albrecht studied physics at the University of Potsdam, where he received his doctorate on solar cells in 2015. Since then he has been doing research at HZB, where he heads his own research group on perovskite tandem solar cells. Albrecht holds two world records for the highest efficiencies of novel tandem solar cells. He has received several major awards for his research, including the Berlin Science Prize in 2019 and the Apple of Inspiration in 2018. Since 2018 he has been a junior professor at the TU Berlin.

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Samira Aden

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

Architect at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin | PVcomB | BAIP

Samira Aden studied architecture at the University of Kassel and developed multifunctional building materials. Subsequently, she did research on solar activation of building materials at the ARC Australia Center of Excellence in Exciton Science (Melbourne, Australia). Since 2019, she has been working at the Consulting office for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BAIP) at HZB, where she has been designing training courses for architects and planners and advising on the implementation of innovative solar solutions in architectural projects.

Simon Kirner

Oxford PV

Manager Programs

Dr. Simon Kirner has studied industrial engineering at the TU Berlin and earned his PhD degree at HZB in 2013, working on thin film solar cells. He continued doing research as a postdoc at HZB developing hetero contact solar cells and devices for solar fuel production. Since 2016 he is working at Oxford PV as a senior device engineer and manager programs. Oxford PV is a leading company in perovskite solar technology.

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