“We are really glad that we have the solar institute in Ohr here in our constituency, because the future belongs to renewable energies,” says Anja Piel, the leader of the Greens in Lower Saxony’s parliament. Yesterday, she visited the ISFH with her parliamentary executive committee to find out about the latest research work of the institute.

“We have 37 permanent jobs and 105 project positions,” explained institute director Prof. Rolf Brendel, who expressly thanked the Greens for their successful efforts last year to increase the state’s funding for ISFH.

“This made it much easier for me to resist the temptations from southern Germany,” emphasized Brendel.

During the tour of the institute, the visitors were able to witness first-hand how silicon wafers are coated with state-of-the-art technology to form an ultra-thin layer as the basis for solar cells. They learned about the cooperation with industry, for example, to optimise the integration of solar-based heating systems for residential buildings.

Piel’s conclusion after the tour: “The technologies that are being developed and refined here will certainly gain in importance after the nuclear power plants have been shut down.”