Power from the sun

Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE

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.

29th EUPVSEC Conference Paper now online

You can now gain access to the conference paper presented at the 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition from Fraunhofer ISE scientists.

29th EUPVSEC Conference Paper

Dr.-Ing. Marek Miara honored with the RENERGY AWARD

Dr.-Ing. Marek Miara, Head of Group Heat Pumps at Fraunhofer ISE, was honored in his home country Polen with the RENERGY AWARD 2014 (RENEXPO Poland 2014) in the category 'Outstanding Personality in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency'. The prize was awarded on September 2014, at the Polish Heat Pump Conference which took place in Warsaw, in parallel to the Renexpo Poland.

Current Press Releases
Dr. Stefan Glunz Receives Becquerel Prize – EU Commission Honors Pioneering Work on High Efficiency Solar Cells
Sep 22, 2014

Since 1989 the European Commission has awarded the Becquerel Prize to distinguish outstanding merits in photovoltaics. This year the prize was awarded to Dr. Stefan Glunz, division director of “Solar Cells – Development and Characterization” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. The prize committee honors Stefan Glunz for his excellent pioneer work in the area of high efficiency silicon solar cells and his contribution to the worldwide success of photovoltaic electricity generation. The prize was presented on September 22, 2014 at the European PV Solar Energy Conference (EU PV-SEC) in Amsterdam.

“Sustainability Summit” in Freiburg from October 13-14, 2014 – Former Solar Energy Conference Expands its Horizon
Sep 18, 2014

In terms of sustainability, the City of Freiburg in Breisgau holds a leading role internationally. Also within Freiburg’s research scene, sustainability topics form a connective link between the research at the five local Fraunhofer institutes, with over 2000 employees, and between their work with the University of Freiburg, with whom they cooperate. Sustainability in Freiburg involves both the sciences and social sciences and emphasizes that the transformation to a sustainable lifestyle not only requires technological solutions but also public acceptance and suitable legal and economic boundary conditions.

Events / Trade Fairs
International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry (SHC)
Beijing, China
Oct 13, 2014 - Oct 15, 2014

SHC 2014 will be the third edition of this new series of annual scientific conferences on solar heating and cooling. The conference offers a unique discussion platform for the international solar thermal community.

Sustainability Summit - Conference for Sustainability Research
Freiburg, Germany
Oct 13, 2014 - Oct 14, 2014

The Sustainability Summit 2014 links researchers and experts in the fields of engineering science, economic science, natural science and humanities to address the issues of sustainability. The University of Freiburg and the five Fraunhofer Institutes in Freiburg have agreed to join forces in the area of sustainability research by forming a new Center for Sustainability Research. The engineering core topics of the center are sustainable materials, energy and resilience engineering.

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.


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

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