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Tuesday, 07 November, 2017

Solar Fuels

SolTech participants. Picture: NIM

SolTech participants. Picture: NIM

NIM scientists and worldwide experts vividly discussed about the future of solar energy and application possibilities at the 6th SolTech Conference in Munich.


Almost 200 participants convened in the conference room of the Haus der Bayerischen Wirtschaft in Munich on 4 and 5 October 2017. Amongst other scientists of the five Bavarian Universities contributing to the research association “Solar Technologies Go Hybrid”, SolTech (Opens external link in new windowwww.soltech-go-hybrid.de), there were many NIM scientists together with international top-class speakers and experts from industry.

Topics of fruitful discussions were latest research results on both, materials and processes, to convert solar energy into electricity and chemical energy. The artificial photosynthesis could be applied for production of flammable gases such as hydrogen and methane. In the future, climate-neutral and environmentally compatible synthetic fuels could replace fossil fuels.

SolTech bundles the expertise in material science and process engineering in so called KeyLabs at the universities of Würzburg, Bayreuth, Erlangen and both Universities in Munich, LMU and TUM. Therefore, SolTech can position its research on the hot topic “Solar Energy Conversion” at a leading position in the international field. “The Free State of Bavaria provides generous funding for the research association, especially for young academics and students – future experts for our local industry”, explains Professor Jochen Feldmann, who is currently coordinating SolTech.

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