Competence Centre Thin-Film- and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin

Technology Transfer – Bridging the gap between fundamental science and industry

The mission of PVcomB is to support worldwide growth of thin-film photovoltaic technologies and products by providing top-level development and technology transfer. In co-operative R&D projects with academia and industry all relevant aspects of thin-film photovoltaics are addressed. Therefore, PVcomB operates complete R&D reference lines for 30 x 30 cm² solar modules based on thin-film silicon and CIGS as well as 5- and 6-inch silicon heterojunction cells. We benefit from the synergetic effects by addressing topics covering the different technologies like the development of transparent and conductive oxides (TCO's), contacts and barrier layers or laser-based interconnection technologies. State of the art analytics and modeling are used to optimize processes, device performance and reliability. The structure of PVcomB is unique in its combination of research & development with high-level education and training.

Recent publications

"Solar hydrogen production: a bottom-up analysis of different photovoltaic–electrolysis pathways"
Reuß, M.; Reul, J.; Grube, T.; Langemann, M.; Calnan, S.; Robinius, M.; Schlatmann, R.; Rau, U.; Stolten, D.,
Sustainable energy & fuels 3 (3), 801-813.

"21.6%-efficient Monolithic Perovskite/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Tandem Solar Cells with Thin Conformal Hole Transport Layers for Integration on Rough Bottom Cell Surfaces"
Jost, M.; Bertram, T.; Koushik, D.; Marquez, J,; Verheijen, M.; Heinemann, M.D.; Köhnen, E.; Al-Ashouri, A.; Braunger, S.; Lang, F.; Rech, B.; Unold, T.; Creatore, M.; Lauermann, I.; Kaufmann, C.A.; Schlatmann, R.; Albrecht, S.,
ACS Energy Lett. 2019, 4 (2), pp. 583-590.



"Inorganic Materials as Hole Selective Contacts and Intermediate Tunnel Junction Layer for Monolithic Perovskite-CIGSe Tandem Solar Cells"
Wang, Y.; Wenisch, R.; Schlatmann, R.; Lauermann, I.,
Adv. Energy Mater. 2018, 1801692.


"Elucidating the Mechanism of an RbF Post Deposition Treatment in CIGS Thin Film Solar Cells"
Kodalle, T.; Heinemann, M.D.; Greiner, D.; Yetkin, H.A.; Klupsch, M.; Li, C.; van Aken, P.A.; Lauermann, I.; Schlatmann, R.; Kaufmann, C.A.,
Solar RRL, 2018


"Evidence of PbI-Containing Debris Upon P2 Nanosecond Laser Patterning of Perovskite Solar Cells"
Schultz, C.; Schneider, F.; Neubauer, A.; Bartelt, A.; Jošt, M.; Rech, B.; Schlatmann, R.; Albrecht, S.; Stegemann, B.,
IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, Volume 8, Issue 5 (2018).


"ZnO:Al/a-SiOx front contact for polycrystalline-silicon-on-oxide (POLO) solar cells"
Morales-Vilches, A. B.; Larionova, Y.; Wietler, T.; Cruz, A.; Korte, L.; Peibst, R.; Brendel, R.; Schlatmann, R.; Stannowski, B.,
AIP Conference Proceedings 1999, 040016 (2018),


"Dünnschichtphotovoltaik – Technologien für die Energiewende"
Rau, B.; Unger, E.; Kirchartz, T.; Henze, N.; Colsmann, A.; Baumann, A.; Powalla, M.; Kessler, F.,
FVEE Themen, Innovationen für die Energiewende, 74-80 (2017).


More publications can be found here.