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
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.

German Energy Transformation Widely Accepted – Interdisciplinary Research Project Aims to Facilitate Germany’s Transition to Renewables
Sep 10, 2014

Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, an interdisciplinary team is investigating how the transition to an energy system based on renewables finds durable acceptance among the German population. In addition to Fraunhofer ISE, the partners involved are the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies ZIRIUS at the University Stuttgart and the Institute for Political Science at the University of Münster (WWU). Public utilities and other partners with practical experience in the field supplement the team. The project called “KomMA-P | Strengthening the Acceptance of the Energy Transformation” is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). First results show that there is a large degree of acceptance for the energy transformation within the German population.

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
20th SolarPACES Conference
Beijing, China
Sep 16, 2014 - Sep 19, 2014

SolarPACES 2014 will continue its strong legacy of being the leading international forum for developments in CSP technologies, policy and markets, and commercial projects, and will bring together a broad participation from industry, academia, national research and development organizations, and policy makers around the world.

The Battery Show
Detroit, USA
Sep 16, 2014 - Sep 18, 2014

The Battery Show is attended by technical leaders, scientists, engineers, project leaders, buyers and senior executives concerned with advanced energy storage and will host the very latest advanced battery solutions for electric & hybrid vehicles, utility & renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military and telecommunications.

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.


Fraunhofer ISE - Annual Report 2013/14 is now available:

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