Announcement: 2nd Sharc25 workshop in Dübendorf (Switzerland) on October 29, 2018

We are pleased to announce a workshop on “CIGS solar cells – advanced characterization and novel concepts” within the framework of the EU project Sharc25. This 2nd Sharc25 project workshop will be held at Empa in Dübendorf (Switzerland) on October 29, 2018.

AIM & SCOPE of the workshop
This full-day event will provide opportunities to learn about the advancements made through the Shrac25 project and to discuss with experts from the consortium and with external speakers on advanced characterization and novel concepts in CIGS solar cells. Key problems limiting the efficiencies and possible approaches for achieving efficiencies towards 25% will be discussed. Additionally, it is envisaged that interaction of academia and industry will identify topical research themes for supporting industrial developments and advancing state of the art of CIGS technology.

Please save the date October 29, 2018 for this interesting event. Details will follow in August 2018.

There is possibility to present a poster with your research results. If you are interested please indicate this during registration and send an abstract of no more than 10 lines to

Empa Ueberlandstrasse 129 8600 Dübendorf / Switzerland (Address for GPS / sat nav: Eduard-Amstutz-Strasse)

Empa Dübendorf is very close to Zurich airport and can be easily reached by public transport

The event is free of charge but advance registration is required until October 12th, 2018. Please register online on following website:

1st public Sharc25 project workshop was held on December 14, 2017 at ZSW in Stuttgart, Germany

ZSW, with the support of all project partners, organized and conducted a workshop with 70 international attendees from the thin-film community on December 14, 2017 at ZSW in Stuttgart, Germany. Guests came from 13 European countries and 23 research institutes, universities, and companies for this full-day event. New results from Sharc25 project and progress in CIGS technology were provided during oral and visual presentations to the interested experts. In addition, two external guest speakers (not partners of the Sharc25 consortium) and fruitful discussions between Sharc25 partners and scientist from the thin-film community brought the event to the next level. The 2nd Sharc25 workshop, which will be organized by Empa in fall 2018, was already promoted.



Announcement: 1st Sharc25 workshop in Stuttgart (Germany) on December 14, 2017

We are pleased to announce the 1st Sharc25 project workshop with focus on “Advanced Characterization Techniques and Analytics” which will be held in Stuttgart (Germany) on December 14, 2017. This full-day event offers the opportunity to discuss with experts from the project consortium and with external speakers on analytic topics concerning the CIGS absorber, interfaces, device characterization and beyond.

During the project period of 3.5 years two workshops are planned which will be organized by ZSW, Empa, and the consortium.

Please save the date December 14, 2017 for this interesting event. An invitation with agenda and more detailed information about the meeting (location and registration) will be available by the end of October 2017.

ZSW’s partners in this endeavor are


the EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), the universities of Luxembourg (LU), Rouen (F), Parma (I) and Aalto (FIN), the IMEC (Interuniversitair Micro-Elektronica Centrum VZW in B), the HZB (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie in D), the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL (P), Flisom AG (CH), and Manz CIGS Technology GmbH (D). The idea behind this EU project is to pool these eleven organizations’ multidisciplinary skills in a bid to develop better cells.