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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.

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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.

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From Continent to Continent: Electricity Transmission between Africa and Europe - Fraunhofer ISE Develops Solutions for the Super Grid
Mar 12, 2014

The largest solar power plant in North Africa is presently being built in Ouarzazate, Morocco. Already in 2016, this plant shall produce cheaper, emissions-free electricity for half a million people. In future, projects like the one in Ouarzazate could also generate electricity for the European continent. Electricity transmission between continents requires a reliable network, even at the production sites. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, together with other Fraunhofer institutes, is investigating different aspects of a so-called “Super Grid”. Their research involves modeling a suitable energy system, developing technological solutions for storage as well as the generation and distribution of DC power.

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Fukushima Prefecture and Fraunhofer ISE sign Memorandum of Understanding
Feb 13, 2014

The prefecture of Fukushima, which was struck by a severe nuclear accident three years ago, is aiming to become a new hub for renewable energy research. A new center, called the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, will open in April 2014. In order to promote close cooperation with Fraunhofer ISE, Europe’s largest solar energy research institute, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the prefecture Fukushima and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg on February 12, 2014.

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What Does it Cost to Convert Renewables into Electricity? - Study Compares the Cost of Electricity Production from Renewable Energy
Jan 27, 2014

A study from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE compares the present costs for conversion of different energy forms into electricity and gives a prognosis for the further cost development up to 2030. The scientists in Freiburg analyzed both the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) from renewables as well as from conventional energy technologies. They present comparative figures for new power plants constructed in Germany, which are based on solar, wind energy and biogas as well as brown coal, hard coal and gas. The study shows that the LCOE from renewables has decreased rapidly over the last years and has even caught up with the generation costs from conventional power plants. Forecasts for Germany indicate that the costs to produce electricity from PV and wind will be less than fossil fuel plants by 2030.

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Fraunhofer ISE and K.A.CARE sign Collaboration Framework Agreement - Signing Ceremony at World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi
Jan 22, 2014

King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, K.A.CARE, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, based in Freiburg, Germany, jointly announce the signing of a »Collaboration Framework Agreement« that will serve as a basis for various projects between the two organizations over the next years. Cooperation areas include renewable energy research and development as well as testing and training.

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Fraunhofer ISE was Awarded Prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize 2014
Jan 21, 2014

Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, received the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2014 from His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu, on behalf of the Institute. The prize, endowed with 1.5 million US dollars, was awarded to the Fraunhofer ISE yesterday during the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. From the three finalists, Fraunhofer ISE was selected as the winner in the category Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). The Institute was founded over thirty years ago and today is Europe’s largest solar energy institute. The candidates were selected based on their impact affecting tangible industrial, social or environmental changes as well as their leadership in the field. Further criteria are their long-term vision and innovation potential. The award ceremony took place on the evening of January 20, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, on the occasion of the Sustainability Week.

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