EUPVSEC’08 World Tour Stop #4: Freiberg

So the reason for the Germany stop finally arrives: the Fraunhofer!

Fraunhofer ISE is the largest solar research institue in the world at the moment, and we went to check it out and visit Emily and Shelly, a couple of UNSW post-grads who are there on exchange.

Emily gave us a tour of the many, many buildings and labs of the Fraunhofer, except the two we were most interested in of course, their ink jet printing and laser doping labs. But the whole thing was really cool. We saw where they cast multicrystalline ingots, and where they saw them into wafers. Emily showed us the thin film lab she works in, and some dirty lab areas, and we looked in the windows of the clean labs and PV Tech - their pilot production facility. We saw module testing. Had lunch. Met lots of peolple. It was very interesting.

Fraunhofer cells

Dye Sol

Group at FISE

Karolin and her boyfriend Werner also live in Frieberg, so Budi and I stayed with them while Roland and Stan stayed with Emily and Shelly. We all went out to a Biergarten at the top of this small mountain at sunset for a drink, then met up with a tonne of other people for a huge German dinner (Roland learned: “Ich moechte ein Schnitzel essen!”), and then went out for ice cream. And so many friends! It was awesome once again, just like Taipei, we found we had so many friends everywhere we went and that just made travelling so much more fun.

Biergarten sunset

Freiberg dinner

Ice cream group

Karo's place

3 Responses to “EUPVSEC’08 World Tour Stop #4: Freiberg”

  1. Dad Says:

    Wow, more than charmed… great to see so many young people from so many countries working together, eating together, enjoying life and ultimately trying to contribute to a better cleaner (energy) world. Take care and thanks for the blog updates, see you in December.

    Love Dad

  2. Mary Anne Lenio Says:

    photos of Greece please!

  3. Mars Says:

    I’m getting there, I’m getting there! It was a big trip.

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