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Industrial Advisory Board

BASF SE, GVC/E

JAEHYUNG HWANG | Lab leader
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“At the “Joint Innovation Lab - Organic Electronics”, experts from BASF are pursuing research together with their cooperation partners from industrial companies, prestigious universities and research institutes. The researchers at JIL are currently focusing on the areas organic light emitting diodes and organic photovoltaics. Dr. Jaehyung Hwang is leading part of the organic photovoltaic team, whose ultimate purpose is to develop organic molecules to replace the silicon in solar cells and make them more cost effective.”
ENI S.P.A.
Studies & Research – DISRI Research Center
for Non-Conventional Energies Istituto Eni Donegani
ROBERTO FUSCO | Technical Leader
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Eni, a world leading firm in the energy sector, and among the majors in oil extraction and distribution, recently devoted its research institute- Istituto eni Donegani- to the exploration of new perspectives offered by renewable energy sources.The topics under investigation, including capture, conversion and storage, are developed in a range of projects envisioning innovative photovoltaic solar cells, hydrogen production by water photosplitting, spectral converters, luminescent concentrators.Aimed at obtaining increasingly more efficient solar devices, eni moved its attention towards the exploitation of nanostructured materials and innovative molecular systems.
IBM
DR. SOLOMON ASSEFA | IBM Research, Research Staff Member
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Dr. Solomon Assefa is a member of the Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics group at IBM. His research activities include silicon nanophotonics integration with CMOS for optical communications, ultra-fast and ultra-low power avalanche photodetectors, and low-power broadband optical switches. Moreover, he has been performing research on electrically-activated photonic-crystal devices and slow-light engineering for buffering application. He has also explored magnetic random access memory (MRAM) and spin-torque memory device integration.
ROYAL PHILIPS ELECTRONICS – PHILIPS LIGHTING
BRUNO SMETS | Director External Relations
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Philips Lighting at present is the global leader in general illumination. It is its ambition to become the number one in LED lighting, combining solid state lighting with sensors and actuators. The major remaining challenge with SSL is no longer to generate photons in an efficient way, but to extract the photons from the device. Nanostructred materials are seen as one of the preferred options to reach the overall system efficiency required in general illumination.
HELIATEK GMBH
DR. ANDREAS RÜCKEMANN | CEO
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Heliatek is engaged in the development and production of organic photovoltaic solar cells. The company is applying the extensive research and development work of its founders by leveraging organic materials to improve the cost-efficiency characteristics of solar cells for large area applications. Heliatek is developing a new proprietary material that displays unprecedented power efficiency, transport and contact properties as well as extended life-time characteristics. Heliatek’s proprietary technology relies on the vacuum deposition of so-called small molecules, a technology proven successful in OLEDs. The company will bring to market its first generation of modules in 2012. After first test markets, the company is targeting volume markets including OPV in the industrial roof top and Building Integration sector. Based on both technology and strategy, Heliatek nicely fits into the Network of Excellence “Nanophotonics for energy efficiency”. It is thus an honour to serve as advisor in its board.
T-SOLAR GLOBAL S.A.
DR. JORDI ANDREU | CTO
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TSolar Group is a vertically integrated holding with activities on photovoltaic electricity generation (more than 160 MW installed) and thin film silicon photovoltaic module fabrication. T-Solar Global S.A. is the manufacturing company of T-Solar Group, with a production capacity of 50 MW/yr and a production efficiency above 7 %. Our main target markets are large ground mounted PV plants and roof PV systems on industrial and commercial buildings. The TSolar R&D department is focused on internal development and on identification of external developments suitable to be transferred to large scale industrial production. The main area of work for this improvement is the development of optical technologies that help to improve the optical absorption in the active layer of the device and most of the technologies developed within the network are suitable for this purpose. TSolar is willing to serve as advisor to the board providing a vision close to the photovoltaic market.
UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
SCHOOL OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Bill Barnes | Professor
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Our research focus is on the interaction between light and matter, where we have a particularly strong interest in the fundamental study of electromagnetic materials that incorporate structure from the nanometre to centimetre scale.
UNIVERSITÉ TOULOUSE 3 · LAPLACE
GEORGES ZISSIS | Professor
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The Light & Matter research team of LAPLACE laboratory is dealing with Light Sources and Lighting Systems Science and Technology. Discharge lamps, Solid State Lighting and more especially Organic Light Emitting Diodes are in the heart of our activities. Our team, composed of 7 permanent staff members and 10 PhD students, is working since 40 years on both experiment and modelling and we participate to large industrial scale demonstrations. Finally, our team has an important activity on standardization issues for Light sources.
CENTROTHERM THERMAL SOLUTIONS GMBH & CO. KG
WILFRIED LERCH | Director Technology
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Centrotherm is delivering manufacturing equipment for the PV industry and additionally equipment for the semiconductor industry. Especially here we are in the business for high temperature SiC processing (e.g. vertical furnace annealing up to 1900 °C). These SiC based chips are very often used in the DC/AC converter for the PV industry. Furthermore we are producing equipment for LED production.

 

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