Start of the Type 1 Pilot Actions – KIOTO Photovoltaics GmbH (Villach, 11.06.2018)
After the first assessment process of the steering committee, the first companies for type 1 pilot actions were selected. Among them is the photovoltaic module manufacturer KIOTO photovoltaics GmbH, located in Sankt Veit an der Glan in Carinthia, which applied for investigations of the encapsulation material of their photovoltaic modules. Samples were already produced, and sent to the partners for characterization and analysis. Amongst others CTR utilized the Raman system in combination with chemical analysis tools for the determination of the degree of crosslinking of the encapsulation foils.
Long Night of Research (Klagenfurt, 13.04.2018)
About 9.000 people were attending the „Long Night of Research“ which took place at the campus of the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and the Lakeside Park in Klagenfurt to experience the world of research. CTR was presenting the project RETINA with an own exhibition stand named “Can the human eye see everything?”. Using a thermal imaging camera, visitors could identify materials by means of their thermal conductivity. Additionally a quiz was prepared which could be solved by using the gained knowledge about the material properties.
Raman System Upgrade (Villach, 2nd February 2018):
The last components of the new Raman system have been installed successfully. First test measurements and experimental series have been conducted and show promising results. For the verification of the system, measurements of the encapsulation foil of photovoltaic modules have been conducted and analysed. The degree of crosslinking of such polymers could be determined according to the crosslinking time of the manufacturing procedure as well as the material thickness (depth).
The 2017 Zois Awards and Certificates of Recognitions (Ljubljana, 23rd November 2017)
In honor of the anniversary of the birth of Žiga Zois, the ceremony awarding the Zois awards, Zois certificate of recognition, the Ambassador of science awards as well as the Puh Certificate of Recognition was hosted at the Grand Hotel Union. The awarding Board Committee conferred the lifetime achievements award, three outstanding achievements award, five Zois Certificates of Recognition and three Puh Certificates of Recognition. Among this year’s winners were also associates of the Institute of Chemistry, prof. dr. Janez Plavec and prof. dr. Gregor Mali.
Prof. dr. Janez Plavec received the outstanding achievements Zois Award for his work in the field of nucleic acids and protein structure using nuclear magnetic resonance. Dr. Plavac’s research work is focused on understanding the structure of nucleic acids and proteins. It mostly explores nucleic acids rich in guanine, in which he exposed the complex interdependence or primary sequences and local structure characteristics. He was also one of the first in the world to evaluate the binding and the movement dynamics of within such structures, and indicate their meaning for folding and functioning of nucleic acids. Such DNA molecule organization has an important biological role, as it can regulate telomeric sequences and promoter gene sequences. For his work, he mainly uses the nuclear magnetic resonance method. He is also the chairman of the National Infrastructure Center for high resolution NMR spectroscopy at the Institute of Chemistry. The Center is involved in European infrastructure projects and provides research support to the widest circle of researchers.
Prof dr. Gregor Mali received the outstanding achievements Zois Award for his extraordinary work in the field of materials nuclear magnetic resonance. Dr. Gregor Mali is a senior research associate at the Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana and associate professor of physics at the University of Nova Gorica. It deals with the development and application of nuclear magnetic resonance methods for the study of materials for energy storage, and gas separation and storage. He was the first to introduce high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance in solid state to the Slovenian science sphere, allowing an insight into material structure and processes at an atomic level. He began to implement computational methods enabling him to predict parameters, measurable with magnetic resonance. He links these computational methods in conjunction with magnetic resonance in the so-called NMR crystallography, is a new integrated method of determining material structure. His work in the field of heterogeneous and disordered porous systems analysis has gained a substantial amount of attention and interest in cooperation among many prominent research groups from abroad, such as groups of Leuven (Belgium), Versailles (France), and Cambridge (UK).
Long Night of Research 2018 (Villach, 20th November 2017)
On Friday, April 13, 2018, research institutions throughout Austria are opening their laboratories for the public community and inviting them to experience research up close. The last event in 2016 attracted more than 180,000 visitors all over Austria. In Klagenfurt 10,000 people were counted. Scientific institutions, universities, polytechnics, educational colleges, as well as school projects, non-university research institutions, infrastructure operators, industrial and innovative companies allow exciting insights into the diverse world of science and research. The event is open to industry and subject matter, whereby the substantive demands of science and research must be maintained. CTR intends to present the RETINA Project within this event. We are planning to present the overall project, the website, the goal, the partners and first outcomes of the conducted work. Moreover we want to show scientific equipment for demonstrating how one can identify different kinds of plastic materials without touching them. The entrance is free, but people will go home smarter, for sure!
Location:University & Lakeside Park Klagenfurt
Company Register – Project Target Group (Villach, 30th October 2017)
CTR established a list of companies located in the program area, which are designated to be contacted by us regarding the project RETINA. The list was established in terms of considerations for a possible cooperation regarding research topics. Up to now this list contains already around 40 entries, including general information on the respective company, such as the contact person, homepage or location, as well as feasible topics regarding RETINA. For addressing these companies in terms of generating an overall interest for the project RETINA, a presentation was prepared including a short project introduction and infrastructure information of ALL project partners. The aim is to give the contacted company an overview of the scientific tools and R&D possibilities of the involved project partners.
Best Poster Award for PCCL at EU-PVSEC (Leoben, 20.10.2017)
The team of Gernot Oreski won a Best Poster Award in the “PV Module Performance and Reliability” category at this year’s 33rd European Photovoltaic Conference in Amsterdam.
A total of 9 posters from around 800 submissions were awarded. The Poster with the title “Investigation of effects due to encapsulation thickness reduction in light weight modules” was created as part of the project “U-Light”, which aims the development of ultra-light PV modules in cooperation with Isovoltaic, ISC Konstanz and Fachhochschule Zürich. The project is funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund as part of the Solar Era Net program.
PCCL expands its expertise with Anton Paar (Leoben, 18.10.2017)
Anton Paar and PCCL announce an R & D co-operation in the field of polymertribology, and Anton Paar provides the PCCL with a high-end rheometer with a tribological measuring cell.
For Wolfgang Baumgartner, Head of Rheometry at Anton Paar, this cooperation offers the opportunity to combine the competences of the PCCL in the field of polymertribology with those of Anton Paar as a manufacturer of high-precision measuring instruments. Martin Payer and Wolfgang Kern are also convinced that this cooperation makes excellent scientific research possible with simultaneous application-oriented relevance for the development of tribologically optimized polymers.
RAMAN Invest (Villach, 29th September 2017)
One major topic over the last month was the equipment purchase of a RAMAN Anti-Stokes enhancement for CTR’s existing RAMAN system (Renishaw RAMAN Spectrometer inVia Reflex), which is intended to be used especially for material characterizations for pilot actions 2. Here, one focus will be the characterization of silicon, utilized e.g. for solar cells, in terms of internal material stress conditions, as well as investigations of other components utilized within photovoltaic modules. Certainly, spectroscopic investigations for PA1 activities are also designated. Besides the overall purchasing process of the investment, preparations in the laboratory and on the current system, the complete set-up is already done. Currently fine adjustments and test measurements are conducted for finalizing the system. Besides the technical arrangements, also first trainings on the new equipment were detained by experienced internal supervisors. Additionally the responsible CTR employees were participating on a special RAMAN training (supervision by VibSpec; RAMAN and Chemometrics Training).
The University of Nova Gorica is also part of the project (Vipava, 3rd July 2017)