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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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Polymer Materials Make Solar Thermal Systems More Sustainable – Researchers Prove Environmental and Economic Potential
Feb 25, 2015

Within the ExKoll project, the Durability Analysis Group at Fraunhofer ISE investigated the economic feasibility of polymer collectors and performed life-cycle analyses. The experts found that in comparison to standard flat collectors, mass-produced polymer collectors perform better economically and ecologically.

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At Fraunhofer ISE’s SmartEnergyLab Digital Agents Work for the Electricity Grid
Jan 23, 2015

Hybrid Storage Offers Great Potential

Fraunhofer ISE has successfully tested a new concept called “hybrid storage.” In an agent-based operating system (ABOS), thousands of batteries and heat storage systems are aggregated to a virtual storage system. As decentralized control systems the agents coordinate the individual local storage operation. The storage capacity is aggregated for an integrated distribution grid operation. The agent-based operation-system has been developed and tested within the SmartEnergyLab at Fraunhofer ISE.

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