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Dr. Björn Rau


Dr. Björn Rau is Deputy Director of the PVcomB, the Competence Center Photovoltaics Berlin at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. After completing his doctorate at Humboldt University, the physicist at HZB worked on the development of novel thin-film solar cells. Since 2009, as Head of Technology, he has been responsible for setting up and operating the scientific and technical infrastructure of the PVcomB technology transfer institute. The focus is on application-oriented research and industrial cooperation. One focus of his work is building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). As a co-initiator and head of BAIP, he sees himself as a mediator between the world of photovoltaics and the world of construction. He is also a board member of the „Allianz BIPV“ and a member of the "BIPV Working Group of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV)".

Samira Jama Aden


Samira Jama Aden is an architect and works at the convergence of architecture, art and new technologies. She studied at the University of Aachen (B.A. Architecture) and at the University of Kassel (M.Sc. Architecture Design Research). As an architect, she developed innovative, multifunctional building materials for architecture and construction. At the same time, she was researcher and teacher in solar activation of building materials at the research platform "Bau Kunst Erfinden" of the University of Kassel and the ARC Australia Center of Excellence in Exciton Science (Melbourne, Australia). In her work, she combines the principles of renewable energies, architecture and material design with the aesthetic requirements of future buildings. She is an associate member of the research platform Bau Kunst Erfinden University of Kassel. Together with Thorsten Kühn, she is responsible for individual consulting and training at the BAIP.

Thorsten Kühn


Thorsten Kühn is an architect and renewable energy expert in the field of building construction. Over the past ten years, he has realised sustainable construction projects throughout Germany and Switzerland, among others at Beat Kämpfen's architectural office in Zürich. The integration of photovoltaics and thermal systems, as well as energy and environmental certification of buildings, belonged to his responsibilities. His work covered the implementation of innovative energy concepts for buildings and timber constructions. He is a member of the Berlin Chamber of Architects with education at the TU Berlin and the FHNW in Switzerland. Together with Samira Aden, he is responsible for individual consulting and training at BAIP.

Dr. Markus Sauerborn


Dr. Markus Sauerborn is co-initiator of BAIP and a member of HZB's directorate's office, where he coordinates the transfer of knowledge to the society. As a chemist, he has more than fifteen years of experience in science communication and science management at the HZB. He aims to open up spaces in which the world of architecture, construction and research can meet so that photovoltaics is a norm to society and thus contribute to a sustainable energy supply.

Niklas Albinius


Niklas Albinius is a research associate specializing in photovoltaics and sustainable building. He studied renewable energies at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin (M.Sc. Renewable Energies). At BAIP he supports Samira Aden and Thorsten Kühn with individual consulting and training. He is an expert in potential analyses and yield simulations of photovoltaic projects and is also involved in the monitoring and scientific data analysis of the HZB living lab for building-integrated photovoltaics.