Welcome back,

Dear Professors, Guests, Alumni, Tutors, and Students

Online Campus Phase

Spring 2021

Solar Energy Engineering

Making our Solar Energy Engineering Network Resonate


With all the warm greetings, we’d like to welcome you to the campus phase of the Solar Energy Engineering master's program, once again online. We invite you to join various activities and events planned especially for you. 

Online Agenda

Please note that the times for all events are set as the Central European Time zone.

March 8th to 12th

Monday 8th

Time (CEST)



Post Event Information

11:00 - 12:00

Welcome Session with program coordinator Philipp Bucher


Thank you for being there. It was great to see you!

14:00 - 18:00

Agrivoltaics - Interactive Workshop with David Jung from Fraunhofer Chile


Thank you for joining and participating a follow up email will be with you soon!

Tuesday 9th

Time (CEST)



Post Event Information

11:00 - 12:00

Philipp's Lounge. Information about master's thesis and elective courses


Thank you for being there!

14:00 - 17:30

Life-Work Balance Workshop: Cultivating Well-being with Djahane Banoo


Thank you for being there. We will contact you soon with Djahane's schedule for the one-to-one follow up.

Wednesday 10th

Time (CEST)



Registration Link

11:00 - 12:00

Philipp's Lounge.

Catch Up with Philipp


It was very nice to chat to you.

15:00 - 17:00

Advanced Solar Cell Processing Seminar Presentations by SEE Students


Thank you for joining us! we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

17:00 - 18:30

Photovoltaic System Monitoring with Mohammadreza Aghaei


Thank you for being there!

Thursday 11th

Time (CEST)



Registration Link

11:00 - 12:00

Philipp's Lounge.

Catch Up with Philipp


thank you for being there!

17:30 - 19:30

Networking Event with the International Solar Energy Society and very special guests.


Huge thanks to all of the Professors and attendees, it was great to connect with you.

19:30 - 20:00

Get a drink get social, and meet at the Beach


to be released at the Networking Event

Friday 12th

Time (CEST)



Registration Link

09:00 - 12:00

13:00 - 15:00

Research Project Presentations by SEE students


Research Project Presentations by SEE students



Link: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/j/4743260170

Meeting ID: 474 326 0170

Passcode: C2tfJ4VZg

Essential Information

Please note that the times for all events are set as the Central European Time zone.

How to join us?

Different events will be hosted on different platforms. Please follow the links assigned to each event in the list below. Zoom and Wonder.me are the platforms we'll use during this week.


If you are participating in an event hosted in Zoom, you will first have to open an account; please make sure you do this in advance as there are still some steps to be completed before joining a session.


This is a free platform that will be used for the Networking Event. It works on the browser, so you don't need to download any software. Supported browsers are Chrome or Firefox (Safari does not work).

Please watch this short 8-minute video beforehand so that you can find your way around in Wonder more easily:

When you enter the room, you will be asked an icebreaker question. All other participants can read your answer afterward, which makes networking easier.

In summary: all you need is a working webcam, a microphone, a stable internet connection, and a desire to meet like-minded people! - ah yes, and like in many online meeting browsers, please stop all firewall apps from acting on this site and ideally clear all your browser's cookies.


You will find the registration link for each event above; please get your place as there might be limited spaces for some of them.

Events' Agendas

ISES and GWNet - Networking Event

By Arabella Liehr and Christine Lins

This is a very unique opportunity! Meet and chat in small groups with the crème de la crème of the PV world. Our Group Leaders list, which consists of very special people, speaks for itself. Spend time with them and other colleagues in a casual and sociable online setting.

Apart from bringing you the opportunity to socialize with incredible people, we also dedicate a room to ISES and GWNet in this event because we believe in the power of connecting people in the PV sector. We respect the work these two organizations do.

What do you need for the event?

  • Close all other video call platforms (zoom, teams, skype, etc.)
  • Quiet space so you can listen to the conversations
  • keep your camera on as it is as important to hear each other as it is to see each other.
  • Your Name: when you access the room, please write the following three words:

  • 1.First Name - example: Hans
  • 2.Organisation - example: ISE
  • 3.Favourite Activity (hobby) - example: Poetry
  • Agrivoltaics - Interactive Workshop

    by David Jung

    Research Engineer in Innovative PV Concepts for the Agricultural Sector at the Fraunhofer Chile Research (FCR) - Center for Solar Energy Technologies (CSET). He is currently running several field projects near Santiago de Chile.

    Amidst the 'hype' that Agrivoltaics are creating in the energy and agricultural industries, we have the opportunity to host David Jung to share his expertise in the up-and-coming Agrivoltaics theme. This interactive workshop will make you not only listen but you will also learn about real processes used in this area, as well as participating in some exercises.

    Life-Work Balance - Workshop

    by Dr. Djahane Banoo.

    Dr. Djahane Banoo is a coach and trainer on Design Thinking, Positive Psychology and Sociology and Managing Director of the Graduate School for Environment, Society and Global Change at the University of Freiburg, Germany. To learn more about her, please visit her website: www.align-edu.com

    All participants should have the following on hand for the Life-Work Balance workshop:

  • 1.Paper (A3 and A4)
  • 2.Coloring pencils and/or markers
  • 3.Sharpie (thick marker)
  • Fast-fast-paced, energetic, and playful, this workshop by Dr. Djahane Banoo of which she says: "participants will gain a new perspective on work-life balance. Participants will be guided through self-reflection exercises that will help them assess where they are right now and where they need to make adjustments. We will spend time looking at the specific challenges of maintaining work-life balance during the COVID-19 pandemic."

    Photovoltaic System Monitoring

    by Mohammadreza Aghaei

    Mohammadreza Aghaei holds a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He has researched Photovoltaics in various leading research institutes and universities like the University of Freiburg, Fraunhofer ISE,  Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), and  Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). 

    In this workshop, the students learn about the principles, types of failures, failures analysis, monitoring techniques, challenges, standards, and reliability assessment of PV systems. Furthermore, the novel monitoring methods for PV systems will be discussed. In the workshop, numerous examples of PV monitoring will be presented from lab and field experience.

    Philipp's Lounge

    with you all

    Philipp Bucher is our Program Coordinator. He leads SEE's team, guides SEE's students, and makes sure we get the best professors and lecturers in the program. He is your first contact when you enroll in the masters and the last one to say goodbye. Philipp is a mentor and friend to have.

    This is an online version of our social space for you to catch up with Philipp and maybe even other students, professors, and alumni. Just drop by; no appointment needed. Get a nice drink and chat away. Bring your questions and make the best out of this opportunity to talk to Philipp and other participants.

    Advanced Solar Cell Processing Seminar Presentations

    In this seminar, new solar cell production techniques that originate from microsystems engineering and nanoscience will be introduced. The processes introduced in this course are likely to concern PV engineers in this and following decade.

    Research Projects Presentation





    BLOCK 1


    09:00 - 09:30

    Challenges of the integration of renewable energy systems

    Sameh Abdelmageed


    09:30 - 10:00

    Hydrogen As A fuel and Fuel Tanks 

    Sherif Alaa


    10:00 - 10:30

    Projection of Electromobility on Power Generation

    Brenden Frazier

    10:30 - 10:45

    15 min break


    10:45 - 11:15

    Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Their Technologies

    Mina Hanaalla


    11:10 - 11:45

    The Fuel Properties of Date Palm Biomass

    Rami Abdoun


    11:45 - 12:15

    Smart Grid: Drivers and Architecture

    Ashraf Zid

    12:15 - 13:00

    45 min Lunch Break

    BLOCK 2


    13:00 - 13:30

    Popular Economic Approaches to Increasing Market Penetration of Renewables

    Zachary F. Newcomb-Hall


    13:30 - 14:00

    The Use of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) For Providing Solutions of Buildings Architectural and Energy Challenges

    Micheal Riad


    14:00 - 14:30

    PV Charging for Electric vehicles

    Jasmine Sultana


    14:30 - 15:00

    Repowering, Anti Reflective Coating for PV Modules

    Raphael Köhler

    We are very much looking forward to seeing you there!


    The Solar Energy Engineering program, initiated in 2010, is the result of cooperation between the University of Freiburg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, ISE. The teaching staff – including the tutors – and the directorate are composed of members of both institutions.

    For those who don't know its members well enough, we have put together a short presentation of the dedicated team involved in the management and administration of the Solar Energy Engineering program. While you will have regular contact with some of them – like Barbara Gumbert and Philipp Bucher – others will remain in the background for you.



    Philipp Bucher

    Contact for issues regarding: Prospective Students, Public Relations

    +49 761 203-97938



    Barbara Gumbert

    Contact for issues regarding: Registration, Exams, General Administration

    +49 761 203 98655



    Khadija Khaled


    Vinay Narayan Hedge


    Merve Özcaner

    AUDIENCE CONTACT - Honest Marketing

    Carolina Garcia


    Prof. Dr. Anke Weidlich

    Anke Weidlich is a professor of energy distribution technologies at the Sustainable Systems Engineering department at the University of Freiburg since 2017. Her research focuses on the energy revolution and distribution. Previously, she was teaching energy system technologies and energy management at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences. 

    Read more on the INATECH website

    Prof. Dr. Stefan Glunz

    Stefan Glunz is one of the main initiators of this Master's Programme at the University of Freiburg. He is head of the Department of Silicon Solar Cells – Development and Characterisation at the Fraunhofer ISE and a full-time professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Freiburg. 

    Read more on the Fraunhofer ISE website.

    From all the SEE team members:

    Thank you

    for being here!