INNOVATIVE PHOTOVOLTAIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

The terahertz probing of photovoltaic substrates (TIPS) project uses terahertz radiation as a new tool in photovoltaics, for more accurate quality control and as a non-destructive test method.

TERAHERTZ RADIATION: A KEY TECHNOLOGY IN PHOTOVOLTAICS

As efficient measurement of terahertz (THz) radiation has become possible recently, this key technology is now to be developed for the photovoltaic industry. It would enable detailed analysis of photovoltaic cells, modules and materials and can also detect concealed surface structures, layer structures and materials that are not homogeneous. Concrete objectives for the project:

  • What material properties of solar cells relevant to the photovoltaic industry can be characterised using THz spectroscopy or THz imaging
  • How far can the lateral resolution of THz measurement methods be improved with emission microscopy

 

DEVELOPING NEW DIRECTIONS FOR THE FUTURE

The advantages of terahertz radiation and its successful use in photovoltaics will enable more accurate results and non-destructive test methods. New directions for the future and a strategic benefit for the photovoltaic industry will therefore be possible.

PROJECT FACTS

  • Name: TIPS- Terahertz probing of Photovoltaic Substrates
  • Start: February 2011
  • Duration: 1.5 years
  • Total cost: € 365.555,-
  • Partner: Department of Photonics, Technical University Vienna

Your contact person

Mag. Thomas Ladstätter

Business Development

phone: + 43 (0) 4242 56300
e-mail: info@ctr.at

Research program

This project will be subsidised by the climate and energy fund and carried out as part of the NEW ENERGIES 2020 programme.