HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Specialists from the photovoltaic sector now have their own international expert network: the Festo Engineering Network (http://fen.festo.com) offers a convenient and efficient way of exchanging ideas within the community about trends and market developments in the wafer-based solar industry and of discovering new solutions together.
“Trust, reliable processes and a clear-cut infrastructure evolve if cooperation is started early amongst network members. This enables us to reap the benefits for successful products.”
The Festo Engineering Network simplifies contacts between leading manufacturers of photovoltaic solutions and scientists from the Fraunhofer ISE and CSE. Network members develop new ideas for the future of the solar industry in closed workgroups. A database provides up-to-date industry know-how such as sample applications, reports and studies, which members can download free of charge.
As part of the launch activities for the online platform, the Festo Engineering Network has announced an ideas contest with attractive prizes, for example a flight in a hot-air balloon or an airship. Participants can submit ideas about standardisation of interfaces, photovoltaic standards for cell production, cost reductions, safety and energy efficiency, utility monitoring and assembly systems up until the 20th of February 2011.
At the opening event of the Festo Summit Photovoltaics in San Francisco at the beginning of December 2010, Professor Dr. Joel West of San Jose State University stressed how important collaboration in social networks is, particularly in young and dynamic industries like photovoltaics: “Trust, reliable processes and a clear-cut infrastructure evolve if cooperation is started early amongst network members. This enables us to reap the benefits for successful products.”