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»Solar for All« contest focuses on solar village and mini-grid solutions – Fraunhofer ISE and Canopus Foundation start second edition of the award
Jul 14, 2015

Solar power gained from photovoltaics (PV) will soon be the cheapest form of electricity in many regions of the world, as a recent study on long-term scenarios by Fraunhofer ISE on behalf of Agora Energiewende shows. In sunnier regions, for applications in rural areas, one kilowatt hour (kWh) gained from solar energy already today is cheaper than a kWh produced by a diesel system, which is due to the fast growing global market for PV. In this context, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Canopus Foundation will put the focus of the second »Solar for All« contest on solar village and mini-grid solutions and their highly recognized potential for rural development. Further information on submission criteria will be released late 2015.

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Storage and heat transformation technologies – important pillars of the energy transformation – Fraunhofer ISE expands range of research and development with new site
Jul 06, 2015

Since being founded more than 30 years ago, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has covered a wide range of complementary technologies, optimally preparing it for the challenges facing the energy transformation. In addition to solar technology research, the systemic aspects and questions regarding energy storage also played a role right from the start. Today energy storage technologies and efficient heating and cooling processes are two topics particularly in the focus of the energy transformation. Fraunhofer ISE has now consolidated its activities in these areas at its new site on the Auerstrasse in Freiburg. The new location offers much more space which has allowed the Institute to significantly expand its laboratory equipment. On July 2, 2015, the new center for storage and heat conversion technologies was officially inaugurated in the presence of representatives from several German federal ministries as well as from industry associations and the industry itself.

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Heat pumps and chillers: highly efficient components of our future energy supply – Fraunhofer ISE opens new test and development center
Jul 06, 2015

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has opened its new test and development center for heat pumps and chillers in Freiburg, thus doing justice to the central importance of these technologies in the energy transition. The Institute offers industry completely new possibilities to have their components, devices and entire systems developed and tested to ensure highly efficient heating and cooling performance.

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Megawatt electrolyzers – efficient helpers moving the energy transformation along – Fraunhofer ISE opens new laboratory in Freiburg
Jul 06, 2015

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has opened its new laboratory for water electrolyzers in Freiburg. Now large systems in the megawatt range can be investigated and characterized. Fraunhofer ISE specializes in polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzers, which are known for their extremely rapid response times. Because of this, they are a good choice for producing hydrogen from fluctuating renewable electricity sources for the mobility sector or for energy storage. With such systems in the grid, the problems associated with the planned grid expansion become less urgent.

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Keep cool – cooler batteries are safer and live longer – Fraunhofer ISE inaugerates its new location for battery system technology
Jul 06, 2015

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is bundling its research activities in the field of battery systems in a new laboratory. Together with its partners, it offers the industry a unique array of services: from investigations of single battery cells through the development of complete battery systems up to the optimal integration of entire storage systems in different applications with respect to both power and communications technology. The researchers use the laboratory to investigate, among other things, the thermal behavior of battery cells and modules using a highly precise calorimeter. The results enable battery systems with maximum safety, long lifetime and high power efficiency to be developed.

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“Virtual Lab” Specializes in Ultra-High Efficiency Solar Cells from Europe – CEA Tech and Fraunhofer ISE Strengthen their Cooperation
Jun 24, 2015

Germany and France are European leaders in the fields of semiconductor technology and solar cell research. In order to strengthen the already existing collaboration between the CEA’s technological research unit, CEA Tech in Grenoble and Chambery, France and the German Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, the two partners have concluded a collaboration agreement to create a common “Virtual Lab”. With this lab, Fraunhofer ISE and CEA Tech intend to combine forces in near-industry research to further develop high efficiency multi-junction solar cells, educate young scientists and work together to develop prototypes of next generation ultra-high efficiency solar cells. The launch of the joint lab officially began in May 2015 with the signing of the collaboration agreement.

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Fit for the Energy System of the Future – European Project Team Presents Planning Tool for the Distribution Grid
Jun 23, 2015

Due to the rising penetration of photovoltaics, heat pumps and electric vehicles (EV) in the power distribution grid, the requirements for grid flexibility and stability are increasing. Just how existing power grids can be made fit for the future was the topic of a cooperative German, Danish and Dutch project in which the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE was involved. Over a period of three years, the project partners from research and industry took well-proven techno-economic modelling and optimization tools and implemented them into the new NEMO tool suite. This forward-looking tool prepares the distribution grid for the energy system of the future, by predicting the interaction between decentralized suppliers and consumers in realistic future scenarios. After the test phase was successfully completed in all three countries, a workshop was held to present the capabilities and advantages of this new tool to distribution and transmission grid operators as well as associations, grid service providers and system operators.

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NexWafe GmbH – Fraunhofer ISE Starts a New Spin-Off Company – Kerfless Wafer Technology to Bring Cost of Photovoltaics Down and Reduce Waste
Jun 15, 2015

The global market for photovoltaics (PV) is expected to grow by 25% in 2015, with similar increase in the years to follow. The price for PV modules has come down drastically, however, there is still great potential for further reduction in the value chain. However, the industry needs disruptive approaches to increase the module efficiency and to reduce the material and energy consumption in production. In this context, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE announces the start of a new spin off company: NexWafe will transfer Fraunhofer ISE’s kerfless wafer technology into production. Founder and CEO of NexWafe is Stefan Reber, formerly Head of the Department Crystalline Silicon – Materials and Thin Film Solar Cells at Fraunhofer ISE. The start-up is being supported by seed funding from Fraunhofer Venture.

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SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award 2015 presented to Michael Rauer from Fraunhofer ISE – Prize for outstanding young researchers awarded for the tenth time
Jun 11, 2015

This year's SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award has been presented to Michael Rauer, who conducted the research for his PhD at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE under the external supervision of the University of Konstanz. The 31-year-old impressed the jury with his thesis on aluminum pastes for silicon solar cells, entitled "Alloying from Screen-printed Aluminum Pastes for Silicon Solar Cell Applications". The award ceremony was held on June 10 at Intersolar Europe, the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry.

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TestLab Power Electronics at Fraunhofer ISE Accredited by DAkkS – Certified Testing Services Offered in Accordance with International Guidelines
Jun 03, 2015

As the capacity of renewable energy continues to expand, controls for public grids need to adapt and become more dynamic. This also increases the requirements on the electrical properties of the power electronics connected to the grid. To ensure the reliability of power electronics in this context, Fraunhofer ISE has been carrying out tests in accordance with different standards and guidelines for many years. Since the end of April, the TestLab Power Electronics is accredited by Germany’s national accreditation body (DAkkS) and now offers an even wider range of testing services to its customers than before. With the accreditation, Fraunhofer ISE expands its strong international reputation as one of the leading power electronics laboratories worldwide.

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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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