Photovoltaics and Wind Energy

Photovoltaics (PV) and Wind Energy, are the two most important technological pillars for the future supply of renewable electricity. Our research covers basic materials issues, the development of high-performance components and systems, long-term stability and cost-effective and sustainable production technologies. Moreover, the integration of these fluctuating generation technologies into the entire energy system as well as environmental and acceptance aspects will be addressed in close cooperation with the ESD program.

KIT participates in the subtopic Photovoltaics:

From Novel Materials towards Ubiquitous Applications: Despite the significant progress made in lowering the electricity generation costs during the past decades, an increase of the power conversion efficiency of PV provides the most important leverage for further reducing the lowest levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), the key indicator in a competitive energy market and a powerful enabler for the transition to a sustainable energy system by further electrification of sectors such as transport, heating/cooling and energy-intensive industry. Accordingly, the strategic goal for funding period (POF IV) is to realize new photovoltaic device concepts surpassing today’s efficiency limits at low costs demonstrating long-term stable PV module technology with efficiencies above 30 %. Additionally these new technologies should explore new functionalities that meet the key criteria for resource-saving, sustainable and cost-effective industrial production and integration into system solutions.

KIT focus PV

Materials and Interfaces
Cell Design an Development
Modules, Reliability and Specific Applications
Simulation, Theory, Optics and Analytics


KIT Researchers Develop Perovskite/CIS Tandem Solar Cells with Efficiency of Almost 25 Percent - Material Combination Enables Mobile ApplicationsM. A. Ruiz-Preciado, KIT
Thin-film Photovoltaics: Efficient and versatile in a Double Pack

KIT scientists develop perovskite/ CIS tandem solar cells with efficiency of almost 25 percent - enabling mobile applications; Read ACS Energy Letters!

KIT news in German
Solarzellen als Baumaterial? Ein Forschungsteam am KIT entwickelte mit der Firma SUNOVATION Perowskit-Solarmodule in Marmoroptik für Gebäudefassaden.KIT
Perovskite Solar Modules in Marble Optics

KIT researchers of the MTET program have developed colored perovskite solar modules for building facades or roofs | Read the paper!

KIT news (in German)
Software „EYCALC"KIT
Photovoltaics: open source tools for yield simulation

The license-free software "EYCALC" from the KIT allows precise calculation of the energy yield of complex perovskite-based tandem solar cells!

KIT press release (in German)
Junior Professor Ulrich W. Paetzold appointedM. Breig, KIT
Dr. Ulrich W. Paetzold appointed as tenure-track professor at KIT

The tenure-track professorship "Next Generation Photovoltaics" strengthens the activities in the field of perovskite photovoltaics starting March 1, 21.



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