Research today
lead tomorrow

Meeting the challenges of the energy transition will require more than just a global presence. With technology advancing rapidly, the future will belong to the photovoltaic manufacturers with the greatest ability to innovate.

That’s why CTF Solar and its parent corporations invest heavily in R&D. CTIEC and CNBM operate research facilities around the globe. CTF Solar itself has recently opened an R&D centre in Dresden where it will continue to develop groundbreaking thin film cadmium telluride solar modules and production processes.

Partnerships and funding — innovation’s multipliers

CTF Solar is a proud partner of Fraunhofer FEP, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and the Bengbu Design & Research Institute for Glass Industry as well as a number of other institutions and universities around the globe.

CARLEEN — high efficiency CSS CdTe solar cells


CTF Solar is currently participating in the CARLEEN project for high efficiency CSS CdTe solar cells together with Fraunhofer FEP. The project is being conducted with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) awarded to the German state of Saxony. CARLEEN seeks to further decrease the already low energy and material input required for the production of CdTe solar cells to reduce the environmental impact of solar cell production. The project started in 2014 and will continue through 2020.


NJIT — the New Jersey Institute of Technology

img_logo_njitIn February of 2013, CTF Solar’s parent corporation CNBM founded the CNBM New Energy Materials Research Center within the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Center’s mission is to establish the scientific and technological foundation for a vertically integrated CdTe solar energy industry.