Technologies and Innovations in the Solar Sector - What Does the Future Hold?

The smarter E Podcast Episode 48 | May 06, 2021

In the meantime, solar technology is considered to be the cheapest source of energy and has thus also outstripped fossil fuels in economic terms. In addition, innovative solutions are entering the market, especially in the area of PV modules or in the form of bifacial or heterojunction cells and inverters. But which technologies will shape the industry in the short and medium term? What do they look like in concrete terms? And will we see a sustainable development on the European market?

We talk about this with Prof. Dr. Andreas Bett, Institute Director from Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg.


  • 1.23: Why is Europe attractive as a production location?
  • 7.59: About the technological developments of cells and modules on the market.
  • 20.38: What innovations are there in the field of inverters?
  • 25.52: What are the demands on politics?

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About Prof. Dr. Andreas Bett and Fraunhofer ISE

Professor Andreas Bett, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

For forty years, Fraunhofer ISE has made an important contribution to increasing the efficiency of solar cells, the reliability of PV modules and power plants, and the further development of sustainable and cost-effective production processes for cells and modules. It is a research partner of the European solar industry along the entire PV value chain.

Prof. Dr. Andreas W. Bett is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg and Professor for "Solar Energy Materials and Technologies" at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Freiburg.

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