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At the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), we conduct research on complex systems of materials that contributes to dealing with challenges such as the energy transition. The HZB research portfolio includes solar cells, solar fuels, thermoelectrics, and materials for new, energy-efficient information technologies (spintronics) or electrochemical energy storage. Research on these energy materials is closely connected with the operation and advanced development of the BESSY II photon source. And our research approach always concentrates on thin-film technologies. Find out more at this About us.

News and Press Releases

  • 12.06.2018

    HZB experts present cooperation opportunities at Intersolar Europe in Munich

    The international exhibition “Intersolar” brings photovoltaic research and the solar industry together. It is a perfect opportunity for researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin to present thin-film photovoltaic technologies and projects, including for example perovskite solar cells and tandem solar cells. [...].

  • 14.06.2018

    Helmholtz Association supports ATHENA with 29.99 mio. euro grant

    ATHENA (“Accelerator Technology HElmholtz iNfrAstructure”) is a new research and development platform focusing on accelerator technologies and drawing on the resources of all six Helmholtz accelerator institutions (DESY, Jülich Research Centre, Helmholtz Centre Berlin, Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf HZDR, KIT and GSI with the Helmholtz Institute of Jena). The Helmholtz Association has now decided to pay almost 30 million euros towards ATHENA as a strategic development project. [...].

  • <p>Perovskite-based tandem solar cells can achieve now efficiencies better than 25%. Credit: HZB</p>14.06.2018

    Perovskite-silicon solar cell research collaboration hits 25.2% efficiency

    A 1 cm2 perovskite silicon tandem solar cell achieves an independently certified efficiency of 25.2 %. This was presented this week at an international conference in Hawaii, USA. The cell was developed jointly by HZB, Oxford University and Oxford PV - The Perovskite CompanyTM. [...].

  • <p>Semi transparent PV-elements in the train station in Perpignan, France. Credit: CC 3.0/Issolsa</p>13.06.2018

    Alliance Building Integrated Photovoltaics: Björn Rau joins Management Board

    The General Meeting of Alliance for Builiding Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) has unanimously elected physicist and photovoltaic expert Dr. Björn Rau, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, to the BIPV Management Board. [...].

  • <p>Fossils like this 250 million year old skull of a lystrosaurus can be examined very carefully by neutron tomography. Credit: MfN Berlin</p>05.06.2018

    Neutron tomography: Insights into the interior of teeth, root balls, batteries, and fuel cells

    A team of researchers at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and European Spallation Source (ESS) has now published a comprehensive overview of neutron-based imaging processes in the renowned journal Materials Today (impact factor 21.6). The authors report on the latest developments in neutron tomography, illustrating the possible applications using examples of this non-destructive method. Neutron tomography has facilitated breakthroughs in so diverse areas such as art history, battery research, dentistry, energy materials, industrial research, magnetism, palaeobiology and plant physiology. [...].


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