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Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE

Einseitige Inline-Kupferabscheidung auf Siliciumsolarzellen mit lichtinduzierter Galvanik

Elektrochemische Prozesse zur Kontaktierung von Solarzellen werden am Fraunhofer ISE bereits seit mehreren Jahren verfolgt. Sie sind schnell, kostengünstig und laufen bei niedrigen Temperaturen ab. Bereits relativ etablierte Verfahren wie der galvanische Vollaufbau von Solarzellenkontakten aus Nickel, Kupfer und Zinn stehen unmittelbar vor der Marktreife. In der gezeigten industrienahen Anlage zur Kupferabscheidung werden diese Verfahren durch das Fraunhofer ISE gemeinsam mit seinen Industriepartnern für erste Kunden bemustert. Daneben erforscht das Fraunhofer ISE auch innovative Verfahren wie das elektrochemische Strukturieren von Aluminium. Unsere Expertise bezüglich der elektrochemischen Gegebenheiten in Kombination mit Prozesstechniken führte hier zur Idee eines vollständig neuen Strukturierungsansatzes, der für diverse fortschrittliche Zellkonzepte die Möglichkeit zur Metallstrukturierung bei niedriger Temperatur mit nur einem einfachen Prozessschritt bietet. (Foto: Achim Käflein)

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
Field of Energy Storage Premieres New Conference Format – Fraunhofer ISE is to Lead the Scientific Organization of the First ees Europe Conference in Munich, Germany
May 21, 2015

Experts from industry, research and organizations will get together in Munich to discuss the newest developments, innovations and trends in the energy storage sector at the upcoming ees Europe conference. From June 9-10, 2015, eight sessions are devoted to themes covering the entire value chain of energy storage technologies. The scientific organization of the conference will be managed by Fraunhofer ISE. The Institute will also be presenting its own research results on lithium ion battery formation. The first ees Europe conference is to take place at the same time as the established ees Europe exhibition in conjunction with Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry.

Allianz Climate Solutions, Fraunhofer ISE and VDE Institute partner up to offer integrated financial and technical services for PV power plants

Solar photovoltaic (PV) projects worldwide must demonstrate a high level of quality and performance that can be relied on by investors, commercial banks and insurance companies. To meet this demand, Allianz Climate Solutions, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, and the VDE Testing and Certification Institute (VDE Institute) have entered into a partnership to offer integrated financial and technical services for PV power plants to support PV projects with the achievement of “investability”, “bankability” and “insurability”.

Flex4Energy: Managing Flexibility Intelligently – Flexibility Manager Developed by Members of the StoREgio Energy Storage Systems Association

April 17 2015

With increasing amounts of fluctuating renewable energy like wind and solar being fed decentrally into the local and regional distribution grid, the need for flexible options that balance supply and demand becomes greater, even on this level. Flexible options for delivering or supplying energy are sought. In the project “Flex4Energy”, the partners StoREgio, HSE, ads-tec, Fraunhofer IESE, Fraunhofer ISE and the University of Darmstadt are developing a trading platform for flexibility operators on the distribution grid for the first time. Such flexibility offers are found in the form of storage systems, controllable loads or consumers. This project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for the Economy and Energy (BMWi) with ca. 3 million euros.

Events / Trade Fairs
Intersolar Europe
Munich, Germany
Jun 09, 2015 - Jun 12, 2015

Intersolar Europe takes place annually at Messe München. It is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and renewable heating. The accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference consolidates the topics of the exhibition. In 2014, more than 1,100 attendees and around 200 speakers discussed current industry topics and shed light on the background of technological, market and political developments.

4th Symposium Small PV-Applications
Munich, Germany
Jun 09, 2015 - Jun 10, 2015

The 4th Symposium Small PV-Applications will be for the first time in Munich in closer correlation with Intersolar. This gives the conference the chance to be also the most important event for Off-grid solar applications. The conference is for stakeholders in industry and academia as well as other parts of the society. Its aim is to exchange experiences and opinions to make the necessary leap to more solar energy and to a sustainable energy supply.

42nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference
New Orleans, USA
Jun 14, 2015 - Jun 19, 2015

The IEEE PVSC-42 will be held June 14-19, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency - New Orleans. The mission of the PVSC is to provide an interactive forum for researchers, students, scientists, engineers, technology and business leaders from industry, academia, government in an environment conducive to strengthening collaborations and sharing knowledge across the field of photovoltaics. The PVSC scope is from PV discovery to deployment; the vision is to educate and grow our community to hasten the widespread availability of solar electricity to the benefit of all.

Frankfurt, Germany
Jun 15, 2015 - Jun 19, 2015

The process industry is the key driver of innovation and growth fuelling the global economy – but, paradoxically, it is at the same time undergoing massive changes. Energy turnaround, globalisation, eco-efficiency, process optimisation, bioeconomy – these are the buzzwords currently putting pressure on our sector. Around 3,800 exhibitors from over 50 countries, 170,000 participants from more than 100 different countries, including 30,000 executives from top and middle management, make ACHEMA the communication hub of the process industry.


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