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Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE
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The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE conducts research on the technology needed to supply energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialised, threshold and developing countries. To this purpose, the Institute develops systems, components, materials and processes in the areas of the thermal use of solar energy, solar building, solar cells, electrical power supplies, chemical energy conversion, energy storage and the rational use of energy.

The Institute's work ranges from fundamental scientific research relating to solar energy applications, through the development of production technology and prototypes, to the construction of demonstration systems. The Institute plans, advises and provides know-how and technical facilities as services.

Current Press Releases
New Applications for Membrane Distillation – Seminar for Industry and Research at Fraunhofer ISE on October 23-24
Oct 20, 2014

On October 23-24, 2014, representatives from industry and research will convene at Freiburg’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE to discuss new findings and applications in membrane distillation at the invitation of DME e.V., the German Seawater Desalination Association. The English-language conference is aimed at specialists and other interested individuals who wish to expand their knowledge and forge new contacts.

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Solar Cell Contacts From Tubes – Innovative Fine Line Metallization Technology Promises Higher Efficiency Values
Oct 16, 2014

Together with industrial partners MERCK, HERAEUS and ASYS, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have developed innovative new materials and contactless techniques for applying ultrafine, homogeneous contact fingers to solar cells. This ‘dispensing’ technology can be easily integrated into conventional silicon solar cell production lines where it replaces screen printing as the method of applying front side metallization: Consequently material usage is reduced, contact fingers are thinner and more of the semiconductor surface area is exposed to sunlight, which results in increased current collection and relative improvements in efficiency of around two percent. The new technology can also be used to optimize further production steps in solar cell manufacture.

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News
'Green Talents' visited Fraunhofer ISE:

October 29, 2014, 24 young scientists from 20 different countries visited Fraunhofer ISE.
'Green Talents - International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development', an initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research, selects leading young scientists and enables them to visit German research centers on a two week tour.

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VDE in cooperation with Fraunhofer ISE awards First Solar with Thin Film PV Industry’s First “Quality Tested” Certification

Las Vegas, October 22, 2014

Today VDE Testing and Certification Institute (VDE), in conjunction with partner Fraunhofer ISE announced the issuance of VDE Quality Tested (QT) Certification to First Solar, Inc. for its design, engineering and construction of the Macho Springs 50MW (AC) power plant located in Luna County, New Mexico.

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Events / Trade Fairs
6th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-6)
Kyoto, Japan
Nov 23, 2014 - Nov 27, 2014

The conference, hosted by the WCPEC Organizing Committee, is a joint conference of the 24th Asia/Pacific PVSEC (PVSEC-24), the 41st IEEE PVSC and the 30th European PVSEC. They look forward to submissions of excellent papers, not only in the traditional areas of photovoltaics such as c-Si, thin-film materials (Si, CIGS, CdTe), III-V materials and organic materials, but also in fundamentals and new materials, modules and system development, concentrators, space applications and national programs and policies.

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Fraunhofer ISE - Annual Report 2013/14 is now available:

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