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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
Efficient Solar Power through Industry Oriented Research - Fraunhofer ISE Develops Technologies for Solar Tower Power Plants
Mar 31, 2014

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE develops new technologies for more cost-efficient solar tower power plants using solar thermal energy. Within the cooperation project ”HelioPack”, Fraunhofer researchers together with the industrial partner Solar Tower Technologies AG (STT) of Starnberg develop solutions that allow for significant cost reductions in solar thermal power generation. The project partners aim at cost savings and efficiency gains from an optimised construction of heliostats as well as an improved tracking and control to achieve a more precise concentration of solar beam radiation onto a newly developed receiver.

New Materials with Promising Characteristics Excite Solar Energy Researchers - Fraunhofer ISE Develops Highly Porous Coatings for Improved Performance of Cooling Systems and Heat Pumps
Mar 24, 2014

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems ISE have successfully coated various components with highly porous metal organic frameworks, or MOFs, which have the largest inner surface area of any material known. The industrially useful coating process used on these components has applications in heating and cooling systems, the catalytic manufacturing of chemical materials, gas and liquid detectors and medical technology, among others.

Fraunhofer ISE Team one of three finalists for the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014

Topic: Laser Fired Contact Technology for the production of efficient Silicon solar cells

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Film about energy-efficient airports (EU project »Cascade«) now online

The Euronews film »Planes go up, costs go down« about the EU project »Cascade«, which develops solutions for energy-efficient airports, is now available online in 14 languages.

Events / Trade Fairs
8th SNEC International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition
Shanghai, China
May 20, 2014 - May 22, 2014

Hosted by the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA), the Solar Leaders Dialogue invites high-level representatives from industry associations in Europe, Asia and North America, CEOs from leading PV companies, industrial experts and scholars, participants from market research institutes, financial institutions and media, as well as the public to discuss extensively on the sustainable development of the solar industry.

Eurotherm Seminar Nº99: Advances in Thermal Energy Storage
Lleida, Spain
May 28, 2014 - May 30, 2014

This seminar will bring together material scientists, physicists, chemists, engineers and architects, from academia and industry, who are working in the rapidly-expanding field of thermal energy storage. The state of the art in the field will be exposed along with the most recent trends in such areas as novel storage materials, advanced storage concepts and configurations, thermal energy storage for renewable energy systems and thermal storage in buildings.

Power Electronics for Photovoltaics
Munich, Germany
Jun 02, 2014 - Jun 03, 2014

The conference "Power Electronics for Photovoltaics" will give comprehensive information about the state of technology as well as latest results from research and development.


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

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