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Towards the Sun – Solar Energy Research Center Officially Opened in Santiago de Chile
May 29, 2015

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is investing in a new solar research center in South America. The aim of the new Fraunhofer Center for Solar Energy Technologies, founded by the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation and located in Santiago de Chile, is to better exploit the solar energy potential in the sun-rich country, thereby reducing the dependence on fossil fuels. With particular emphasis on regional implementation, the focus shall be on the further development of solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies and applications with partners from research and industry. Scientists from the Fraunhofer Chile Research Center for Solar Energy Technologies (FCR-CSET), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile will together perform research on electricity and heat production using solar energy. Now the new research center for solar energy was inaugurated in the presence of the Chilean undersecretary of Energy Jimena Jara.

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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.

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Fraunhofer ISE CalLab PV Modules – First Accredited Calibration Laboratory for PV Modules with Measurement Uncertainty of 1.6%
Apr 24, 2015

Worldwide the installation of photovoltaic (PV) power plants is increasing rapidly, with 55 gigawatts of newly installed solar power expected in 2015. Testing and quality control on a high level are becoming more and more important for banks and investors. Fraunhofer ISE is keeping pace with this demand by recently achieving accreditation status for its PV module calibration laboratory, thus turning CalLab PV Modules into the first accredited lab with a measurement uncertainty of 1.6%. On March 24, 2015 the German accreditation body “Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH Dakks” confirmed the competence of CalLab PV Modules under the terms of DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 to carry out calibrations in the field of photovoltaics.

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The PV Module Reliability Workshop Goes to Britain! – Experts Gather to Discuss the Latest Test Methods and Measuring Tools
Mar 24, 2015

This year’s PV Module Reliability workshop is being held at Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) in Leicestershire, UK, from April 16-17. This time around, the international speakers and participants will largely focus on new test methods and measuring tools being used and developed to enhance commonly performed PV module reliability tests. A further key area of discussion will be the recording and analysis of climate-induced stress and environmental influence. In addition to the hosts themselves, the list of speakers will comprise renowned research and industry representatives.

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Flexible and Functional – Prefabricated Façade Elements Simplify Building Renovation
Mar 04, 2015

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have developed façade elements where the building’s heating, ventilation and sanitation systems are integrated into the thermal insulation panels of the building envelope. The multi-functional insulation boards and window elements can be implemented in new buildings as well as buildings undergoing renovation. The type of materials used and the integration technique can be combined according to the customer’s wishes. The prefabricated façade and window elements are the first results stemming from several research projects in which Fraunhofer ISE is involved. It has been shown that the use of these elements increases the building’s energy efficiency.

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A+++ to G: Introduction of Energy Efficiency Label for Heating Systems and Thermal Storage Devices – Fraunhofer ISE Supports Companies with the Introduction of the EU Energy Label
Mar 04, 2015

As of September 26, 2015, heating systems will have to bear an European Union energy label. The label, which already applies to refrigerators and washing machines, will now also be compulsory for heat pumps and heating systems with solar components. Before a product’s efficiency class can be determined, however, specific technical information is required. Although testing methods and guidelines for classifying appliances already exist, they do not apply to the entire spectrum of heating systems. This is because, in future, it is not only standard components that will be tested and compared, but also complex systems. Such testing methods can be implemented at the TestLab Solar Thermal Systems run by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. The laboratory also works within committees to create relevant standards for implementing the energy label in future.

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Fraunhofer ISE Launches Platform elinkSOLUTIONS – New Web Service Offers Software Products in the Field of Energy Management
Mar 04, 2015

On the new web platform elinkSOLUTIONS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems offers standardized software to assist clients in developing solutions for an efficient energy management of buildings and urban quarters. The first product available is called “schedSOL”. This program is used specifically to optimize the operational management of thermal-electric systems, e. g. co-generation plants with storage. Soon the program synPRO will be available online. This product allows the client to generate individualized load profiles for electricity and heat with high time resolution. The web service elinkSOLUTIONS is designed to assist energy suppliers, public utilities, grid and system operators as well as energy system developers. The product offer on the web platform is constantly being expanded.

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