About SolTech

SolTech is an interdisciplinary project initiated by the government of Bavaria to explore innovative concepts for converting solar energy into electricity and non-fossil fuels. SolTech complements research by chemists and physicists at five different Bavarian Universities and is funded with 50 million Euro. 
Humanity will exhaust the earth’s supply of fossil fuels in the foreseeable future. Non-fossil energy sources, such as sunlight, cannot yet replace current fossil and nuclear fuels on a satisfactory level. Chemists and physicists of five Bavarian universities  (Key Laboratories) joined together in the state funded new research network Solar Technologies go Hybrid (SolTech) to synergize their research and explore the full use of sunlight as the principal energy source of our planet. 
The SolTech network covers all fields of research on solar energy use, i.e. the conversion of solar energy to electricity for immediate use and the conversion of solar energy into chemical energy  for storage and future use.

Students benefit from the new network

New research methods and insights into the chemistry and physics of photoactive materials are naturally integrated into teaching. Lectures and courses  covering the forefront of solar technology research enable students to not only learn from the best, but also to do their share for a reliable energy supply as future scientists.

Latest News

7. May 2019

2nd “Soltech Meets Economy” Event in Fürth

This year, scientist of all five keylabs of the SolTech consortium came together in Fürth to once more enjoy an industry visit, organized by young chemists for young chemists. SolTech is not only a merger of universities to strengthen their progress in novel solar-based technologies synergistically, but also an institution to focus on the connection between academia and economy. For this reason, we set forth...
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7. September 2018

All-in-one light-driven water splitting

In the light of global climate change, there is an urgent need to develop efficient ways of obtaining and storing power from renewable energy sources. The photocatalytic splitting of water into hydrogen fuel and oxygen provides a particularly attractive approach in this context. However, efficient implementation of this process, which mimics biological photosynthesis, is technically very challenging, since it involves a combination of processes that...
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5. July 2018

New 2D Spectroscopy Methods

"Put an excitation into the system and observe how it evolves." According to physicist Professor Tobias Brixner, this is the credo of optical spectroscopy. Various methods are known in literature. But generally only the behaviour of a single excitation and its consequences are investigated. Now physicists and chemists of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany, have presented two novel principles of optical spectroscopy in the journal...
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Latest Press Releases

23. October 2019

Energy Flow in the Nano Range

10/18/2019 It is crucial for photovoltaics and other technical applications how efficiently energy spreads in a small volume. With new methods, the path of energy in the nanometer range can now be followed precisely. Energy transport in biomimetic nanotubes (left) and a three-dimensional spectrum (right). (Image: Björn Kriete (l.) / Stefan Mueller (r.)) Plants and bacteria lead the way: They can capture the energy of...
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2. April 2019

Molecular Lego Blocks

Chemical Data Mining Boosts Search for New Organic Semiconductors 14.02.2019 Organic semiconductors are lightweight, flexible and easy to manufacture. But they often fail to meet expectations regarding efficiency and stability. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now deploying data mining approaches to identify promising organic compounds for the electronics of the future. First author Christian Kunkel, PD Dr. Harald Oberhofer and Prof....
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2. April 2019

More Efficient Solar Cells Imitate Photosynthesis

Power Stations Driven by Light January 9, 2019 The smallest building blocks within the power stations of organisms which get their energy directly from the sun are basically miniature reactors surrounded by collectors which capture photons and forward them to the centre. The close correlation between structure and interaction of the components boosts productivity, a strategy which an international team of researchers is using for...
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Latest Events

6. February 2020

Mini-Symposium “SolTech Meets Industry” on Wednesday, 12th February 2020

SolTech organizes an interactive meeting with seminars and discussions with industry representatives, some of whom are also our SolTech-Alumni. The aim of the conference is to give an opportunity for researchers and students of SolTech to exchange intensively with industry regarding the topics of research interest for SolTech. This can pave the way for seed projects and new interactions of industrial relevance within Soltech. This...
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9. October 2019

8th SolTech Conference 2019 in Nürnberg

The eighth SolTech International Conference took place in the Railway Museum in Nürnberg, the oldest railway museum in the world (1882), from midday on Monday, September 30th to the evening of Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 (conference schedule, conference book and poster list). Conference photo (image: Dr. Matthias Hennemann/FAU) DB Museum Nürnberg (image: DB Museum/Mike Beims) The museum includes over 40 original locomotives and running stock,...
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12. October 2018

7th SolTech Conference in Würzburg 2018

The 7th conference "Solar Technologies Go Hybrid", which took place from October 3rd to 5th at the Hotel Melchior Park in Würzburg, attracted more than 150 participants. Scientists from the five participating Bavarian universities (Key Labs in Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nuremberg, LMU and TU Munich and Würzburg) as well as representatives from industry and invited international experts exchanged insights on the current state of research in the...
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