François Rummens received his Civil Engineer Degree in Materials Science from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium) in 1987. He has further developed a strong expertise in the field of durability and fire safety of Waterproofing Membranes. The service life of such polymeric material is typically of at least 25 years, directly submitted to UV light, high humidity, heat and thermal cycles. After analysis of the structure and specific requirements of PV modules from the abundant available literature, François Rummens has imagined and developed new concepts of encapsulation, benefitting from his durability expertise. His focus at Renolit Belgium is currently not only the development of new encapsulation solutions, but also on the mounting and/or integration of PV modules on roofs and waterproofing membranes. An example is the Alkorsolar system.
Ir.Francois Rummens, Quality Research & Technical Support Manager
Renolit Belgium NV
Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 09:00 AM
High Speed Automated Production of Durable PV Modules: The Contribution of Cost Effective Adhesive Integrated and Weldable Backsheets
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 03:05 PM
Mr. Schurade studied "Nanostrukturtechnik" at University of Würzburg and graduated in 2010. Since 2010, he is working as a Research Engineer for Q-Cells. His main research work in the R&D Modules group are the characterization of polymeric encapsulants and their long-term stability in PV modules.
Mr.Maximilian Schurade, Research Engineer (Module R&D/Technology)
Leveraging Cost & Quality: Module Manufacturer’s Perspective
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 09:10 AM
Dr. Bernd Rothe studied process engineering at RWTH Aachen University. He did his PhD-Thesis at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University focusing on the reactive extrusion of polyamide 6 nanocompounds. After his PhD he joined Bayer MaterialScience AG (BMS), Leverkusen, in 2010. Bernd Rothe is working at BMS in the polyurethanes innovation department. He is leading a group doing research on the processing of polyurethanes. He is also a team member and project leader in the BMS solar group.
Dr.Bernd Rothe, Research Scientist
Bayer MaterialScience AG
Innovative Materials Solve Challenges for Building Integrated Photovoltaics
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 10:10 AM
Day 2 [Tue 13, March], at 09:00 AM
Dr. Matthias Ebert is the head of group "Module Reliability" at Fraunhofer Centre for Silicon Photovoltaics (CSP) in Halle (Saale), Germany. He studied Civil Engineering at Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. in the field of stochastic structural mechanics at the Institute for Structural Mechanics in Weimar in 2002. He has been working at Fraunhofer in Halle since 2003. At first he worked at Fraunhofer Institute of Mechanics of Materials in the field of the mechanics and testing of microstructures. Matthias Ebert has been working in the field of photovoltaic since 2007. The group investigates the reliability of modules, components and materials by material testing, thermomechanical Finite- Element Modelling and accelerated testing methods.
Dr.Matthias Ebert, Head of Group Module Reliability & Team Leader (Module Characterization)
Fraunhofer - Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP
Influence of Mechanical Properties of Encapsulants on the Stresses in PV Modules
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 12:10 PM
Mr. Anderson is a polyolefin marketing and sales development specialist. Mr. Anderson leads Townsends Solutions consulting practice. He directs Townsend's comprehensive polyolefin global market research. His team is responsible for the annual Townsend Polyethylene and Polypropylene Reports, which analyze polyethylene and polypropylene consumption and major producers. His industry experience spans 24 years with both leading resin producers and consumers. His experience includes five years with Atofina Petrochemicals. In eight years with Exxon Chemical, he worked on flexible and rigid packaging applications for foods and health care products. Mr. Anderson holds MS (Food Science & Technology - 1979) and BS (Microbiology - 1978) degrees from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, LA.
Mr.David Anderson, Business Director (Global Polyolefin Solutions)
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 02:00 PM
EVA Market Update: Trends, Drivers, Capacities, Supply & Manufacturing Costs of Key Polymer Processes
Day 2 [Tue 13, March], at 11:05 AM
Dr. Levy received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Connecticut in 1966. He has over 40 years of engineering and technical experience in the areas of plastics and film development which include 27 years of materials work at DuPont with over 12 patents including oriented fluoropolymer films. He introduced ETFE and PVDF films as outer glazing films into the photovoltaic industry. Dr. Levy is currently the Chief Technology Officer BioSolar, Inc.
Dr.Stan Levy, Chief Technology Officer
Biobased PV Backsheet
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 02:05 PM
Marina Temchenko is an R&D Manager within Madico's Research and Development Group, leading critical-to-success development activity in Madico's Photovoltaic Development Effort. She is recognized by her co-workers and her industry peers as an expert in polymeric materials, their interaction in multilayered films, and their long term performance in harsh conditions. Her work is featured as an author in over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations, and 8 issued patents. With over 20 years of direct experience in the field, she continues to be instrumental in the introduction of new technologies and processes. Marina holds a Master of Science Degree in Polymer Chemistry from Moscow State University.
Ms.Marina Temchenko, R&D Manager
Current Trends in Backsheet Evolution
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 02:35 PM
Mr. Marco Schönekäß (Schoenekaess) graduated from the University of Hanover / Germany with the degree "Diplom Ingenieur" in 1997. His area of specialisation is production technology. He is 43 years old, married and has 2 children. Mr. Schönekäß is with KraussMaffei Berstorff since July 2011 as technical sales engineer. One of his actual main projects is the special field of poduction lines for EVA encapsulant sheets.
Dipl.-IngMarco Schoenekaess, Sales Manager (Sheet Extrusion Lines)
KraussMaffei Berstorff GmbH
High Performance Extrusion Line for Production of EVA Flat Film/Encapsulates
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 04:35 PM
Karl Leo obtained the Diplomphysiker degree from the University of Freiburg in 1985, working with Adolf Goetzberger at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme. In 1988, he obtained the PhD degree from the University of Stuttgart for a PhD thesis performed at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart under supervision of Hans Queisser. From 1989 to 1991, he did his postdoctorate at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, U.S.A. From 1991 to 1993, he was with the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany. Since 1993, he is a full-time professor of optoelectronics at the Technische Universität Dresden; and since 2002, he also became the Director at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Photonic Microsystems. His main current interests are novel semiconductor systems like semiconducting organic thin films; with special emphasis to understand growth, basic device principles and the optical response. Recently, he has also worked on device development, such as highly efficient organic LED and solar cells. His work was recognized by the following awards: Otto-Hahn-Medaille (1989), Bennigsen-Förder-Preis (1991), Leibniz-Award (2002), and award of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy (2002). He was involved in the founding of several companies including Novaled AG and Heliatek GmbH.
Prof.Dr.Karl Leo, Director
Institute for Applied Photophysics (IAPP)
Recent Progress in Vacuum-deposited Organic Solar Cells
Day 2 [Tue 13, March], at 09:05 AM
Dr. Stefan Schulze is leading the team 'Polymeric Materials' at Fraunhofer-Centre for Silicon Photovoltaics (CSP) in Halle (Saale) / Germany. He studied polymer technology at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and gained experience in mechanical modelling and processing and characterization of polymers at various institutions, such as Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM) in Auckland / New Zealand and Polytechnical University Kharkov / Ukraine. After his studies he worked as research fellow in the group "Module Reliability" at Fraunhofer CSP, worked in an internship with CSG Solar, Sydney/Australia and gained his PhD in mechanical engineering at MLU in 2010. His team is mainly working on problems of solar module manufacturing, polymer characterization and process development for PV-applications.
Dr.Stefan-H Schulze, Team Leader Polymer Materials
Fraunhofer - Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP
EVA Cross Linking During Manufacturing of Solar Modules
Day 2 [Tue 13, March], at 10:05 AM
Walter KERN has been working for Rhodia Engineering Plastics since 2003. Serving the E&E market in Northern Europe, his job scope includes application development and technical support for key-accounts using flame retardant polyamides.
Mr.Walter Kern, Application Development & Technical Support Mgr (Fire Resistance Market)
Flame Retardant Polyamide: Optimum Product for PV Electrical Components
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 05:05 PM
Dr .Nicolas Bogdanski
Dr. Nicolas Bogdanski studied Electrical Engineering at Wuppertal University, Germany. He
has been working as a scientist in the field of semiconductor science and polymer mechanics for several years. At TÜV Rheinland he is part of the solar energy R&D group where he is responsible for PV reliability projects.
Dr .Nicolas Bogdanski, Research and Development
TUV Rheinland Energie und Umwelt GmbH
Traceability of Polymeric Components of PV Modules
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 04:05 PM
Annegret Reithe holds a degree in physics with specialization in material science from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany. Since 2010 she is working for Solarion in solar module R&D Laboratory in the topic of characterization of polymeric materials used in the encapsulation and interconnection of PV modules and their interactions and long-term stability. Supported by a scholarship of the Reiner-Lemoine-Foundation, she is currently working on her PhD-Thesis at the Electronics Packaging Lab of the Technical-University in Dresden.
Ms.Annegret Reithe, Research Engineer (Module Development)
Reliability Testing of Polymeric Materials for Flexible Solar Modules
Day 1 [Mon 12, March], at 09:40 AM