Photovoltaics Europe 2009
Photovoltaics Europe 2009
Conference Pamphlet

Company Visits/Tours

Monday April 6

Thursday April 9


Tour A:
TU Dresden & Heliatek

Tour D:
Plastic Logic

Tour B:

FHR Anlagenbau GmbH

Tour E
Fraunhofer IPMS

Tour C:



Printed Electronics Europe 2009 will take advantage of being located in Dresden – a centre of excellence for organic and printed electronics by hosting tours to some of the leading companies working on the technology in this region.

These tours will run over the lunchtime period between the morning and afternoon Masterclasses.  IDTechEx will provide transportation and lunch for attendees on these visits.  Places on the tours are on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to attendees on the Masterclasses. These tours are extremely popular so please register early to guarantee your place.

Companies hosting the tour retain the right to decline someone from attending. This is beyond the control of IDTechEx and you will be informed of this as quickly as possible if this is the case

Tour A: TU Dresden & Heliatek | Monday April 6

We will be hosting a tour to TU Dresden/Heliatek as part of the Photovoltaics master class. The tour will depart the International Conference Center at 12.00noon. Lunch will be included in the tour and delegates will be returned in time for the Photovoltaics master class at 2.30pm. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY 30 DELEGATES CAN ATTEND THIS TOUR.

About IAPP

The "Institut f|r Angewandte Photophysik", short IAPP, is one of the world-wide leading institutes in the field of organic opto-electronics. From basic research to electronic devices like organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic solar cells (OSOLs), it covers a wide range of research focusing on organic semiconductors based on small molecules.

The tour of the Institut f|r Angewandte Photophysik (IAPP) will involve a short presentation of its current research activities and a visit to some laboratories. You will see where solar cells are being produced under high vacuum in a cluster tool. Our devices are based on a p-i-n structure, i.e. the intrinsic photovoltaic active layer is sandwiched between a p-type and n-type doped organic wide-gap layer used as hole-transport and electron-transport layer, respectively. The production facility allows in-situ electrical and optical measurements. Further solar cell characterisation methods will be presented and discussed.

About Heliatek

Heliatek GmbH was founded in 2006 by Dr. Martin Pfeiffer, Prof. Dr. Karl Leo and Dr. Bert Mannig of the Institut fur Angewandte Photophysik (IAPP), University Dresden, by Prof. Dr. Peter Bauerle of the Abteilung Organische Chemie II, University of Ulm, Jens Drechsel, CreaPhys GmbH and Dr. h.c Harald Eggers. The company relies on more than 15 years experience in the development and characterisation of organic materials and organic devices. Heliatek has got a seed-investment of 500 000 euro from the High-Tech Grunderfonds and 100 000 euro from Dr. h.c. Harald Eggers. 

Tour B: FHR Anlagenbau GmbH | Monday April 6

FHR Anlagenbau GmbH, a subsidiary of centrotherm photovoltaics AG, is an innovative enterprise in the branch of vacuum processing and thin- film technologies. The company was founded in 1991 in Dresden, Germany by a group of engineers with a strong personal background in equipment design and technologies with aim to develop and sell new concepts and solutions for multiple applications of thin films in the industry and R&D.

Today, FHR technology portfolio includes advanced metallization technologies by magnetron sputtering and plasma enhanced CVD, reactive sputtering technologies for deposition of oxides and nitrides, advanced etching technologies by support of high density plasma sources, the Flash Lamp Annealing (FLA; annealing in the millisecond regime) for treatment and modification (e.g. recrystallisation, electrical activation) of semiconductors, metals, ceramics, nanostructures and photonic materials as well as the Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) for precisely controlled growth of monolayer stacks (e.g. conductive and insulating layers, barrier and adhesion layers, optical layers) joined with excellent uniformity of thickness on complex 3D shapes.

About the Tour

How to engineer a customized machine for flexible solar cells? During the visit to FHR, visitors will learn about FHR designs and get to know in-house developed equipment for the production of CIGS based thin-film cells. Additionally, a short presentation will give a FHR technology survey. 

Tour C: Novaled | Monday April 6

Following the Displays masterclass we will be hosting a tour to Novaled's offices in Dresden. The tour will start with a presentation on Novaled, doping technology, OLED and OE market and include lunch. There will be guided tour of their chemistry department and sublimation, clean room area and physics department. Delegates will then return by coach to the Dresden International conference center.

About the Tour

Novaled offers technology and materials to OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) and OE (Organic Electronics) manufacturer. At the guided tour our visitors can discover the 'Novaled Gold' and how we create unique doping and host materials for leading high tech products in the field of OLED and OE. Attendees will explore the manufacturing process of small molecule OLEDs having a look into the clean room. In the Physics Department visitors will understand the making of OLEDs and why our doping technology achieves world records in power efficiency and lifetime. Finally, guests are invited to experience real OLED samples in operation and to see the potential of theses devices for visionary products in the lighting and display.

About Novaled

Novaled AG is a world leading company in the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) field specialised in high efficiency long lifetime OLED structures and an expert in synthetic and analytical chemistry. The company offers complete solutions to the organic electronic markets, commercializing its Novaled PIN OLED™ technology along with its proprietary OLED materials.

Novaled has developed long term partnerships with major OLED players worldwide. Based on more than 350 patents granted or pending, Novaled has a strong IP position in OLED technology.

Main investors are Cridit Agricole Private Equity, TechnoStart, TechFund Capital Europe and CDC Innovation. 

Tour D: Plastic Logic | Thursday April 9

Plastic Logic uses its proprietary technology leadership in plastic electronics to create a range of products enabling information access, organization, and consumption. During the visit to Plastic Logic, visitors will learn about how the company developed this technology and what makes it so unique. Furthermore, they will receive an insight into the company's "journey" from a pilot line in Cambridge, UK to serial production in Dresden, Germany. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see footage of the fully automated production line in action. We regret that a tour of the cleanroom will not be possible.

About Plastic Logic

Plastic Logic''s mission is to lead the plastic electronics revolution, and in the way people acquire, organize and consume information. We are using our proprietary technology leadership in plastic electronics to create a range of innovative products. Our first product, focused on reading digital content, will enter the marketplace in early 2010.

Founded in 2000 by researchers out of the Cambridge University Cavendish Laboratory, the Company has received more than $200 million in funding from leading international technology firms and investors. Plastic Logic has research and development in Cambridge, England; high-volume, state-of-the-art manufacturing in Dresden, Germany; and executive management, product engineering, sales and marketing headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information please go to

Tour E: Fraunhofer IPMS | Thursday April 9

Incorporated with Masterclass 5
The Displays and Lighting Master class will be held at the Fraunhofer IPMS/COMEDD in Dresden; there will be a tour of their clean rooms as part of this visit. Coaches will be provided from and to the Dresden International conference center.

About Fraunhofer IPMS
The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (Fraunhofer IPMS) works on electronic, mechanical and optical components and their integration into smallest, "smart" devices and systems. Main focus is on applications, where our customers aim to increase the functionality of their products using Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLED) and microsystems (MEMS, MOEMS, CMOS) with increasingly small dimensions and innovative system properties. Our special competence is in using light, meaning the application of optical properties and components. The Fraunhofer IPMS covers a wide range of industrial applications. Our services include conceptual design, product development and pilot-fabrication in own labs and clean rooms - from the device up to the complete system solution.

The Center for Organic Materials and Electronic Devices Dresden (COMEDD) stands for combined know-how and infrastructure under the aegis of the Fraunhofer IPMS. This covers research and development as well as pilot-production of devices and fabrication technologies based on semiconducting organic materials, so called small molecules. COMEDD consolidates the lead of the Organic Electronics Saxony in terms of research and development of organic semiconductors by means of industrial, production-related utilization. To this end, COMEDD provides full service  from system design and technological development to pilot production of small batches including substrate structuring, deposition technology, encapsulation and system integration. COMEDD started operations at the Fraunhofer IPMS on September 10, 2007, assigning unique equipment for the fabrication of OLED lighting modules and organic solar cells to Sunic System Ltd., South Korea, and AIXTRON AG. The Saxon Land government, the Federal Government and the European Union invested 25 million Euro in four lines of prototypes and pilot production for the center to gain a leading position in Europe and to forward the market leadership of OLED-lighting, organic solar cells and OLED-on-CMOS devices.

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