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.

Current Press Releases
“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.

Photovoltaic Systems Generate Five Percent More Power than Expected – Fraunhofer ISE Identifies New Data Base for Yield Predictions
Sep 15, 2014

PV systems in Germany are regularly generating higher yields than expected. An investigation by Fraunhofer ISE links these higher yields to an upward trend in solar radiation, pointing out that the current radiation level in Germany is considerably higher than the average values of the last 30 years. As these average values have generally been used in yield predictions up to now, actual PV system yields are exceeding their forecasts by approximately five percent, making them more cost-effective than anticipated. To take this effect into account, Freiburg researchers have adapted their quality assurance services for PV systems and are now basing their yield predictions on solar radiation data from the last ten years.

Master Online Photovoltaics: Application period extended until September 30th - Apply now!

Further information: www.pv-master.com

Becquerel Prize Committee announces awardee 2014

Dr. Stefan Glunz, Director Division Solar Cells – Development and Characterisation at Fraunhofer ISE, will receive the Becquerel Prize 2014 on the occasion of the EUPVSEC in Amsterdam on September 22.

Further information: www.becquerel-prize.eu

Events / Trade Fairs
29th European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 22, 2014 - Sep 26, 2014

The EU PVSEC is the largest international Conference for Photovoltaic research, technologies and applications, and at the same time one of the top international PV Industry Exhibitions.

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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