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As for what photovoltaics is, it’s the direct conversion of light into electricity as the result of a reaction that takes place at the atomic level. (Source: Zhou, Yilu - AdobeStock)

Everything you need to know about photovoltaics

When people talk about “solar”, they’re usually referring to photovoltaics, the solar panels that you have probably seen sitting on several rooftops. But have you ever thought about how these actually work to generate clean electricity? This article takes a look at what a photovoltaic cell is, what it’s made from, the technology behind it, how it works, and more.

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With an investment volume of about €140 million in clean room facilities, Fraunhofer IPMS is uniquely positioned in Germany in the field of applied research on the modern 300 mm wafer industry standard in the front end of CMOS manufacturing. (Source: Maksim Shmeljov -

New center for semiconductor research opened in Dresden

A flagship of semiconductor research with international reach is emerging in Dresden. Fraunhofer IPMS and Fraunhofer IZM-ASSID are bundling their competences and establishing the Center for Advanced CMOS & Heterointegration Saxony. The center will offer the complete value chain in 300 mm microelectronics, a prerequisite for high-tech research for future technologies.

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The requirements for the production of batteries, electric motors and power electronics are growing. Major challenges arise in the production of battery technology, among other things. (Source: Nischaporn -

Optimizing manufacturing processes with iTAC's MOM solution

Electric mobility is on the rise and different cell types such as lithium-ion battery cells, hydrogen fuel cells and other cell types must be produced safely and efficiently by manufacturers so that they can keep up with the rapid market development. The MES/MOM specialist iTAC Software AG supports the optimization of battery manufacturers' production processes with the iTAC.MOM.Suite.

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