Solarvalley Mitteldeutschland is an internationally established cluster of photovoltaics (PV). Since 2009 more than 100 projects with a budget of € 120 million have been concluded within the framework of a „leading edge cluster“ sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and with additional funding from the three federal states Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringa. An integral educational system has been established across state borders: 7 endowed chairs have been created and 11 new Bachelor/Master courses, 3 state graduate schools and the Solarvalley Summer School have been set up. Under the leadership of the cluster, 15 European partners from 9 countries have got together to further innovations and to improve the framework conditions for the market positioning of the European PV industry.
The electricity generation costs are to be reduced further with new design concepts for cell and module and with new material systems. It is a question of secure and stable operation of energy grids with very high shares of fluctuating energy. The new tasks in photovoltaics and the SMART ENERGY Eastern Germany strategy concept are being fulfilled on four levels of action: development of the technology, strengthening of science and education, extension of the cross-state network, evaluation of the innovation process.
This concept will contribute to cope with the challenges of a sustainable energy supply and of using the potentials of the change of paradigm in the energy strategy for employment and prosperity in the East of Germany.