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The energy transition cluster

The ‘Renewable Energy and Photovoltaics’ technology field spans the entire supply chain; from research and development to production and sales. There is an emphasis on thin-film photovoltaics, fuel cell development and analysis, the production of hydrogen and energy storage technology. Companies such as Heliocentris, Silicor Materials, SENTECH Instruments or the institute for apparatus engineering (Institut für Gerätebau, ifg) are already benefitting from the unique blend of innovative technology, top-level research and economic promotion.

The leading research institutes for energy technology located at Adlershof are the Helmholtz Centre Berlin (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, HZB), the Centre of Excellence for Thin-film and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics (Kompetenzzentrum Dünnschicht- und Nanotechnologie für Photovoltaik, PVcomB), the Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung, IKZ), the Institute for Analytical Science (ISAS), the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, BAM), the German Association for Non-destructive Testing (Deutsche Gesellschaft für zerstörungsfreie Prüfung, DGzfP) and the National Metrology Institute (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, PTB).

Plug&Play: Centre for Photovoltaics and Renewable Energies

The new centre offers a total 8,000 square metres of production, lab and office spaces. One of its main advantages is the flexible layout, thanks to a removable wall system. Workshop spaces are situated behind the large lobby and adjacent canteen. The labs, offices and meeting rooms are on the upper floors. The chemical labs are equipped with non-recirculating air regimes and compressed air supplies. A ground level store provides users with the required gasses. In addition, there are charging points for electric cars, scooters and Pedelecs.

Minus 30%: HighTech – LowEx makes Adlershof an energy saving city

Covering a 420 hectare area, Adlershof is one of the largest inner city development zones in Europe. Due to the increasing concentration of high tech and scientific institutes and businesses in the area, its energy needs are likely to double by 2020. The HighTech – LowEx project aims to lower primary energy consumption by 30% compared to conventional energy use, by improving and linking buildings and facilities, using waste heat and open heat grids, and introducing intelligent supply mains and renewable energies.

The project is being carried out by BTB, TU Berlin, and managed by WISTA Management GmbH. It is supported by Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment. You can find further information here.


WISTA Management GmbH
Centre for Photovoltaics and Renewable Energies

Johann-Hittorf-Straße 8, 12489 Berlin
+49 30 6392-2196
+49 30 6392-2340

Dr. Bernd Ludwig
WISTA Management GmbH
Head of Centre for Photonics and Optics

+49 30 6392-2252
+49 30 6392-2246


Centre for Photovoltaics and Renewable Energies (ZPV)
Short portrait of the Technology Center ZPV in Berlin Adlershof
Adlershof Special 45
Ahead of (energy)times. 2016
Centre for Photovoltaics and Renewable Energies (ZPV)
Floorplans, areas and equipment. 2015
Adlershof Special 39
Paving the way for future energies. 2015
Adlershof Special 32
Future Energy – Energy Future. 2014
Adlershof Special 28
For The Future Of Energy Efficiency. Renewable Energy 2013
Adlershof Special 3
On Towards The Rising Sun. Photovoltaics 2008