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Dursol 2014

Time and Length Scales of Degradation in Next Generation Solar Cells

An event in the framework of the DURSOL project.

February 5-6, 2014, ZHAW Winterthur, Switzerland


The DURSOL Conference will bring together the scientists and engineers involved in the DURSOL project with invited external experts in the field of next generation solar cells to share the latest insights into the Time and Length Scales of Degradation in Next Generation Solar Cells. Join us for inspiring talks about the latest results covering all major next generation solar cell technologies (OPV, DSSC, Perovskite solar cells, thin-film silicon, a-Si/c-Si heterojunction) and contributed poster presentations. We are currently accepting abstracts for poster presentations. Poster authors can present their posters in short flash talks to the conference audience.

Confirmed Invited Speakers



Topic and Objectives

Achieving long-term stability is a key requirement for thin-film solar cells to make them suitable for large scale deployment and energy production. The DURSOL project joins the major research groups and companies in the field of thin-film photovoltaics in Switzerland with the goal of improving the durability of thin-film solar cells. Degradation processes caused by chemical or mechanical stresses as well as suitable prevention strategies are studied within the project.

The conference will bring together the scientists involved in the DURSOL project with external experts in the field to provide an overview on degradation phenomena in thin-film solar cells and foster the exchange among researchers and professionals from the photovoltaic industry. Day 1 of the conference is dedicated to the latest advances in the study and prevention of degradation phenomena and will feature invited talks by experts in the field as well as a poster exhibition and corresponding flash-talks. The focus of day 2 is on characterization and modeling of solar cells and consists of hands-on workshops introducing characterization and modeling techniques where participants have the chance to characterize their own samples and model their solar cell systems.

Organizing Committee

Beat Ruhstaller

Thomas Lanz


Wednesday, 5.2.2014: Degradation Phenomena in Next Generation Solar Cells

09:00 Welcome coffee, registration  
09:30 Opening Prof. Beat Ruhstaller (ZHAW-ICP)
09:45 Operating mechanism of perovskite solar cells and degradation issues Dr. Francisco Fabregat-Santiago, Prof. Juan Bisquert (Universitat Jaume I)
10:15 Stability of DSSC modules (prov. title) Barry N. Breen (3GSolar Photovoltaics Ltd)
10:45 Coffee break  
11:15 Stability of organic photovoltaics under different testing conditions Dr. Suren Gevorgyan (Technical University of Denmark, DTU)
11:45 Degradation as a whole device experience Dr. Hans-Joachim Egelhaaf (Belectric OPV GmbH)
12:15 Flash talks of poster authors (3' each)  
13:00 Lunch and Poster Exhibition  
14:30 Stability and degradation of a-Si/c-Si heterojunction solar cells Dr. Stefaan de Wolf (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL)
15:00 Amorphous silicon: outdoor and laboratory measurements focussing on degradation and recovery Gabi Friesen (Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana, SUPSI)
15:30 Stability and degradation of CIGS/CdTe solar cells Prof. Gary Hodes (Weizmann Institute of Science)
16:00 Investigation of OPV degradation in combination with imaging characterization Dr. Harald Hoppe (Technische Universität Ilmenau)
16:30 Closure, Aperitif and Poster Exhibition  

Thursday, 6.2.2014 - Advanced Characterization of Solar Cells

08:45 Welcome coffee  
09:00 Opening Prof. Beat Ruhstaller (ZHAW, Fluxim AG)
09:05 Advanced local characterization of solar cells Dr. Otwin Breitenstein (Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik)
09:50 Introduction to the Measurement Platform PAIOS for Solar Cell R&D Martin Neukom (Fluxim AG)
10:35 Coffee break  
10:55 Characterisation of Charge Dynamics in Cyanine/C60 Bilayer Solar Cells Sandra Jenatsch (EMPA)
11:10 Introduction to Opto-electronic Solar Cell Modeling with SETFOS Prof. Beat Ruhstaller (Fluxim AG)
11:55 Lock-In Thermography and Electro-thermal Solar Cell Modeling Dr. Mathias Bonmarin, Dr. Thomas Lanz (ZHAW-ICP)
12:10 Lunch  
13:15 Dynamic LED-based characterization of thin-film tandem PV modules Prof. Franz Baumgartner, Daniel Schär, (ZHAW-IEFE)
13:45 Modeling of DSSC with PECSIM Dr. Matthias Schmid (ZHAW-ICP)
14:15 Hands-on Simulation Workshop with SETFOS: Light Absorption and Charge Drift-diffusion Simulation Dr. Stephane Altazin (Fluxim AG)
16:15 End of the conference - good-bye coffee  

Conference Location

Map of conference venue including train station (SBB)

ZHAW, TL Building, Technikumstrasse 9, 8401 Winterthur, Switzerland

Conference Fee

CHF 250 for external guests

CHF 200 for Swissphotonics members and PhD students

The conference fee includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments on both days.

We look forward to welcoming you in Winterthur and to an interesting and inspiring workshop.

Sponsoring by

Swiss Federal Office of Energy

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