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 opened an R&D centre in Dresden where it will continue to develop groundbreaking thin film cadmium telluride solar modules and production processes.

CTF Solar can provide its customers with almost 30 years of expert experience, thanks not only to its outstanding history, but also to its current team of over forty physicists, chemists and engineers from 10 different nations who are pooling their expertise and working together in the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt.

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.


CTF Solar is participating in projects together with Fraunhofer FEP. The projects are being conducted with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) awarded to the German state of Saxony. One of the projects 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.


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.