In the photovoltaic (PV) industry, three fields of research are especially interesting for investors: High-efficiency silicon cell and module development, thin-film solar technology (for example, CIGS) and the nascent organic PV segment. The optimization of system technology and net integration are currently undergoing intense R&D. This ranges from new inverter technology to cutting-edge energy storage options.
To make this possible, Germany offers the R&D landscape with the highest density of institutes and companies conducting research worldwide. This is reflected in Germany’s expertise, alongside the USA and Japan, in driving innovation in PV. Not only do companies benefit from knowledge-sharing, they also have the ability to develop and implement new products in the largest PV market worldwide. Innovative businesses also profit from cooperation with related industries, such as chemicals, microelectronics, semiconductors as well as machinery and equipment.