Fraunhofer CSP Gets A New Head

Professor Ralph Gottschalg Chosen To Lead Fraunhofer Center For Silicon Photovoltaics CSP In German City of Halle
06:00 PM (Beijing Time) - 25. January 2018
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The new head of Fraunhofer CSP, Professor Ralph Gottschalg, has been researching primarily about increasing energy yields and reducing costs in PV. (Photo Credit: Fraunhofer IMWS)

Key Takeaways

  • Professor Ralph Gottschalg will head Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale) from April 15, 2018
  • He will also take up a professorship in the field of PV energy systems at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
  • His appointment was confirmed by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft together with Anhalt University of Applied Sciences

Professor Ralph Gottschalg will join Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale) as its new head starting April 15, 2018. He will also take up a professorship in the field of PV energy systems at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences.

Fraunhofer CSP is a joint institution of the Fraunhofer for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg.

Gottschalg has been working as professor of Applied Photovoltaics at the Loughborough University in England since 2010. His appointment was confirmed by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft together with Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. Gottschalg previously worked with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, before completing his doctorate at the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at Loughborough University.

CSPs new head has expertise in the simulation and modeling of the behavior of solar modules and systems as well as automation in production and measurements in quality control. His research work primarily concerns with increasing energy yields and reducing costs in PV.

Working at the Fraunhofer CSP offers wonderful opportunities to help shape the future of photovoltaics together with many excellent colleagues. Working with clients from industry is just as appealing to me as working with the students at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, said Gottschalg.

Gottschalg will take over from Professor Ralf B Wehrspohn, head of the Fraunhofer Institute IMWS. Wehrspohn looked after the affairs of Fraunhofer CSP on a provisional basis after its founder Jörg Bagdahn had left.

“With Ralph Gottschalg, a very renowned researcher with a great deal of academic experience and great enthusiasm for the potential of photovoltaics will enrich our university in the future and further enhance the attractiveness of our English-language master’s degree course

 “Photovoltaics Engineering Science”, said Prof. Jörg Bagdahn, President of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. He established Fraunhofer CSP in 2007 and was elected President of the University in May 2016. “I am certain that Ralph Gottschalg will continue my work at Fraunhofer CSP and in the faculty of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering at the university with great success.”

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