Dieter Meissner

Dieter Meissner

Dieter Meissner

Founder and CTO at crystalsol

Prof. Dieter Meissner is a Professor of Sustainable Energetics at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. He is also a FH-Professor of eco-energy technology at the University of Applied Sciences, Austria; Chief Scientist at crystalsol GmbH, Austria; crystalsol OÜ, Estonia; Dr. rer nat. at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a Dr.h.c. at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.

Meissner’s main research interests are photoelectrochemistry, photovoltaics, and materials research and development.

Meissner published more than 170 papers in top refereed scientific journals, and 150 papers in proceedings volumes. He has more than 150 patents written to his name.He edited and co-edited two books. During his academic career, Meissner developed two universities curricula: the eco-energy engineering curricula at the University of Applied Sciences, Austria, and the sustainable energetics curricula of the international master course of both Estonian universities, Tartu University, and Tallinn University of Technology.

He taught at many universities, including: the University of Hamburg, Germany, Osaka University, Japan, University Buenos Aires, Argentina, Technion Haifa, Israel, Linz University, Austria, and Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.

Meissner is the initiator, founder and co-founder of five universities spin-out companies, namely AQR consulting, Wels, Austria, ALPPS Fuel Cell Systems GmbH (fuel cells), Graz, Austria, Solar Surface (Selective Absorbers), Linz, Austria, crystalsol OÜ (PV solar cell powders), Tallinn, Estonia, crystalsol GmbH (PV modules), Vienna, Austria.

Read more about Dieter and his work here.

Abstract Title: Crystalsol´s Printing of Single Crystalline Solar Cells


Abstract: Photovoltaics currently reaches grid parity in more and more countries of our globe. Thereby the cost of PV electricity will soon be lower than electricity from fossil fuels and from competing renewables as wind and biomass, as it is already in sun-rich countries. Thereby solar PV provides the most probable source of a sustainable future.

Assuming a PV based world energy supply would finally require a continuous production of about 3 km2 of PV modules per hour to continuously replace PV plants with a lifetime of about 30 years. Production rates of this order of magnitude can be reached only by printing technologies.

Of all PV technologies currently under development only crystalsol´s module production based on single-crystalline semiconductor grains starts with a perfect material instead of aiming at a large area material conversion, and thereby allows highest possible device performance as will be explained in the talk. Based on abundant Materials (CZTS) or highest efficient compound semiconductors (CIGS) crystalsol´s technology provides the most promising pathway to a 100 % solar power based future.