The first Workshop on Metallization for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells was held in Utrecht in the Netherlands in October 2008. It was a full day workshop with 18 presentations and 135 participants. Details of the workshop are available at

Through results to a questionnaire and also in discussions with participants, we received excellent feedback on the workshop. Participants expressed the desire for a follow-up. One year later, the topic has not decreased in importance. Metallization remains one of the key process steps to fabricate solar cells with high performance in a cost-effective way.

Therefore we have decided to organize the 2nd Workshop on Metallization. This will be a two days workshop with focus on R&D from universities and institutes and this time also from the industry. In order to have an effective workshop, which enables maximum interaction and gives room for discussion, we have set a limit to 150 participants.

The 2nd metallization Workshop was held on April 13 to 15, 2010 in Constance, Germany, and was a success.

New per May 2010: The presentations are now available on the program page.

NEW per January 2011:Citable papers have been produced by the authors of some selected contributions, based on recommendations by the Scientific Committee. These selected papers have been reviewed by the Scientific Committee and are made available for publication per January 2011. The citable link is: The ISBN-No.: 978-3-89318-058-5.

Please use the following way to refer to a paper, e.g.:
M. Hoerteis et al, "Fundamental reactions during the formation of fired silver contacts and solar cell results", in Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Metallization for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells, p. 5 - 10, Konstanz, 2010, <>, ISBN 978-3-89318-058-5

NEW per January 2011:The 3rd Workshop on Metallization for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells is underway. We expect the 3rd workshop to be held in late Fall this year. Details will follow. Please check this website regularly for the latest news.

NEW per May 2011: Registration to the 3rd Workshop on Metallization for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells is now open. Please visit

Jaap Hoornstra, ECN
Gunnar Schubert, Sunways
Guy Beaucarne, Dow Corning