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Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)

Meitnerstr. 1
70563 Stuttgart
+49 711 78 70 0
+49 711 78 70 100

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The ZSW was established in 1988 by the German state of Baden-Württemberg, together with universities, research institutions, and commercial firms. It is a non-profit foundation under the civil code. Solar energy and hydrogen technologies are currently maturing on an industrial scale and will be major components in the sustainable energy supply of the 21st century. As a result, ZSW pursues the following goals and research topics. The ZSW's research goals are: Research and development of technologies for the sustainable and climate-friendly generation of electricity, heat, and fuel Transfer of R&D results to market-relevant products (technology transfer) Consulting political decision-makers and professional associations Today the ZSW has approximately 230 employees and 70 student and scientific assistants and is one of the leading energy research institutes in Europe. Joint ventures and the growing proportion of industry commissions demonstrate the consistent applications relevance of our work. Current topics are: Photovoltaic materials research and development, especially for PV thin-film technologies Systems development for PV applications Hydrogen technology Electrochemical energy conversion and storage Fuel cell development and manufacturing Renewable fuels and process engineering Modelling and simulation Grid integration of renewable energy sources and Smart Grid Energy economy systems analysis

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    Sustainable Chemical Production with Electricity

    By 2050, the chemical industry should operate in a climate neutral fashion, which means phasing-out fossil oil, gas and coal. Therefore alternative carbon sources and renewable energy have to be utilized in order to replace fossil reserves. A new Stuttgart Research Initiative will elaborate ... more

    Understanding what makes a thin film solar cell efficient

    For many years scientists and engineers have been trying to provide low-cost solar energy by developing a cheap solar cell that is both highly efficient and at the same time simple to build, enabling it to be mass produced. Now, the team led by Empa researcher Ayodhya N. Tiwari has made a m ... more

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    Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)

    The ZSW is one of the most renowned German institutes of applied research in the fields of photovoltaics, energy systems analysis, renewable fuels, battery technology, and fuel cells. More than 200 scientists, engineers, and technicians are currently employed at its three facilities in Stut ... more

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