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
New World Record for Concentrator Photovoltaics – 36.7 Percent for New Solar Module Using Highly Efficient Multi-Junction Solar Cells
Jul 14, 2014

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has been successfully developing concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technology for many years. In this technology Fresnel lenses are used to bundle sunlight and focus it onto miniature, highly efficient solar cells. The FLATCON® module technology originates from Fraunhofer ISE and is continually under further development at the Institute. Now with their newest CPV module technology, the Freiburg researchers announce a world record module efficiency of 36.7 %, achieved by adapting the concentrating lens to a new solar cell structure. The high module efficiency was measured under Concentrator Standard Testing Conditions, or CSTC, and marks the best value ever achieved for a photovoltaic module.

Online Energy Charts Make German Energy Transformation Transparent for All – Fraunhofer ISE launches online comprehensive energy database
Jul 02, 2014

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE now provides online electrical energy data for Germany promptly and free-of-charge. “By making the data available on this website, it is our intent to promote transparent and objective discussions relating to all factors regarding the energy transformation in Germany,” says Professor Eicke Weber. Interactive data charts, which can be individually tailored by the user, display the power produced in Germany from all conventional and renewable sources as well as import and export data. This comprehensive database is now available online: www.energy-charts.de.

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

Master Online Photovoltaics: Application period ends September 1st - Apply now!

Further information: www.pv-master.com

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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