Get a coffee with (the) SPHINX: Laurianne Wendling – Voltec Solar

Get to know Laurianne Wendling from Voltec Solar
I hold a Ph.D. in material science from the University of Strasbourg, specializing in the photovoltaic properties of ferroelectric materials deposited by pulsed laser deposition, which I obtained in December 2022. Since May 2023, I’ve been part of Voltec Solar’s R&D department, a leading solar panel manufacturer based in Dinsheim-sur-Bruche.

Voltec’s participation in the SPHINX project aligns perfectly with our strategic goals. The SPHINX initiative, centered around BIPV, resonates with our dedication to advancing energy solutions. We contribute by integrating and validating SPHINX products, particularly focusing on semi-transparent and bifacial modules optimized for carport integration. This involvement positions us as key players in Europe’s BIPV value chain, fostering a sustainable economy and making a significant impact on environmental and societal fronts.

What was your original motivation to become a researcher/project manager?
My original motivation to become a project manager in the PV field stemmed from a profound desire to contribute to sustainable energy solutions. Undertaking a Ph.D. provided the opportunity to delve deep into cutting-edge research, addressing critical challenges in photovoltaics. The prospect of advancing technological frontiers and making a tangible impact on the global transition to renewable energy drove my commitment to this career path.

What is your (main) research area today?
At Voltec’s we specialize in the production of cutting-edge solar panels. Our dedicated R&D department focuses on continuous innovation to enhance the efficiency, durability, and sustainability of our panels. This commitment to innovation is exemplified through our active participation in the SPHINX project, where we contribute expertise to integrate advanced technologies and shape the future of solar energy solutions.

What is the main focus of your team in SPHINX?
Our team at Voltec focuses on integrating and validating SPHINX products, emphasizing the incorporation of semi-transparent and bifacial modules optimized for carport integration. We leverage our extensive experience in successful PV installations and collaborate with CSEM to ensure compatibility and address industrial constraints. Testing and validation occur on both Fraunhofer-ISE and Voltec production lines, with a keen emphasis on aesthetic considerations for a homogeneous appearance.

Could you describe your favourite moment/satisfaction when working for the project and – more in general – for your organisation?
My most rewarding moments at Voltec Solar involve collaborating with diverse professionals within the SPHINX project, where individuals from various backgrounds unite with a shared goal of advancing sustainable energy solutions. It’s immensely gratifying to witness the collective effort and expertise converging toward innovation. These collaborative experiences exemplify our commitment to a brighter energy future, fostering a sense of achievement and pride within Voltec Solar.

How do you expect SPHINX results will affect your organisation and the energy storage sector?
Voltec’s participation in the SPHINX project enhances their technological focus on improved encapsulants and optical innovations, ensuring durable and efficient Integrated Photovoltaic products. This aligns with their commitment to innovation, economic growth, and environmental impact. The project’s emphasis on solarization in big parking lots from 2026 also opens new market opportunities, positioning Voltec for expansion in the energy storage sector.

Which partner would you like to nominate next for this coffee break?
For all their great implication in the project and the creation of this website, I would like to nominate for the next coffee break our partner UNR!

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