Power from the sun

Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE

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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.

Agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot plant located in Heggelbach

Current Press Releases
Changing the Energy Landscape: Affordable Electricity for All – Boond Engineering and Mera Gao Power are Both Awarded First Prize of »Solar for All 2016« in Mumbai
Oct 20, 2016

Freiburg/Mumbai, October 20, 2016. The Canopus Foundation and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, who collaboratively organized the 2nd »Solar for All« Contest for Innovative Community Solar Electrification Solutions 2016, yesterday announced the winners. For the past nine months, »Solar for All« was running the Contest to find the best innovations in providing rural low income communities in remote regions without access to energy with affordable and clean solutions, focusing on scalability, technical standards and a developed market approach. The Award Ceremony took place in Mumbai and was hosted by Intersolar India.

Fraunhofer ISE and National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL collaborate on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research
Oct 11, 2016

The two largest research organizations for renewable energy research in the world, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for close collaboration on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies research. The official launch took place on Monday, October 10th at the “f-cell / World of Energy Solutions” conference in Stuttgart.

Photovoltaics and Photosynthesis – Pilot Plant at Lake Constance Combines Electricity and Crop Production
Sep 18, 2016

In 1981, an article by Prof. Adolf Goetzberger titled "Potatoes under the Collector" was published in the German magazine “Sonnenenergie”. The article proposed a particularly favorable setup for solar energy systems in combination with agricultural land use. After smoldering on the backburner for a couple of years, the concept of agrophotovoltaics (APV), that is, the dual usage of land for crop and electricity production, was again taken up by researchers at Fraunhofer ISE in 2011. Now the scientists at Fraunhofer ISE together with their partners in the project "APV-Resola" are reaping the benefits from Goetzberger’s original article: On September 18, 2016 an operating APV pilot system – the largest research project of its kind in Germany – was inaugurated on location at Lake Constance. On this occasion the project was also presented with a prize from the "Germany – Land of Ideas" initiative.

Expert Workshop in Freiburg: Modeling and Monitoring of PV Systems

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is acting as host for this year’s “PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop”. Photovoltaics experts from around the world will meet in Freiburg’s Historisches Kaufhaus (Historic Merchants’ Hall) for the event from October 24 to 25, 2016. The industry representatives will discuss the latest scientific findings, as well as the market demands on modeling and monitoring of PV systems output. Further information and a registration form for the workshop can be found here.

Application deadline of MSc Solar Energy Engineering: September 1st, 2016

The application deadline for the Master of Science Solar Energy Engineering is approaching soon.

Start of the European Project “RAISELIFE” to Enhance the Lifetime of Materials for Concentrated Solar Power

In Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants, the quality and durability of the employed functional materials have a high impact on the cost of the produced solar heat or electricity. Eleven European partners from the R&D sector, universities and industry affiliated together with the Moroccan Research Institute of MASCIR and the Israeli company of BrightSource Industries Israel to work during the next 4 years on improving the lifetime of key materials used in CSP.

Events / Trade Fairs
BAU Munich - World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems
Munich, Germany
Jan 16, 2017 - Jan 21, 2017

BAU, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, is the biggest and most important event in the sector. The next BAU takes place from January 16 to 21, 2017 at the Messe München exhibition center. Around 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and approximately 250,000 visitors from all around the world are expected to take part. Every two years the industry's leading manufacturers and innovative newcomers showcase their products and services for commercial and residential construction and interior work for both new-building and renovation and modernization here. They present concrete future prospects and innovative solutions and provide inspiration for real career practice.

8th International Rechargeable Battery Expo
Tokyo, Japan
Mar 01, 2017 - Mar 03, 2017

The International Rechargeable Battery Expo is the world's largest business platform for manufacturing and R&D of rechargeable battery. All kinds of materials, manufacturing technologies, inspection/analysis equipment services as well as the battery itself will gather from around the world. Its 8th iteration will be held from 1st to 3rd of March and will be located at the Tokyo Big Sight venue.

ISH Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 14, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017

ISH – The World’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building Services, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies – is the world’s biggest exhibition for the combination of water and energy. With everything from sustainable sanitation solutions, innovative bathroom design and energy efficient heating technologies combined with renewable energies to environmentally friendly air-conditioning, cooling and ventilation technology, the world’s leading trade fair covers all aspects of future-oriented building solutions in both horizontal and vertical terms.

11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Mar 14, 2017 - Mar 16, 2017

Since 2006 EUROSOLAR (the European Association for Renewable Energy) and WCRE (the World Council for Renewable Energy) have successfully organized the scientific conference series on International Renewable Energy Storage (IRES). From 14 till 16 March 2017 the 11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2017) will take place together with the Energy Storage Europe (conference + expo) in Düsseldorf, Germany.


Fraunhofer ISE - Annual Report 2015/16

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