Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

R&D for Energy Transition

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE creates the technological foundations for supplying energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialized, threshold and developing countries. With its research focusing on energy conversion, energy efficiency, energy distribution and energy storage, it contributes to the broad application of new technology.



Fraunhofer ISE develops materials, components, systems and processes in five business areas. In addition to its R&D, the institute offers testing and certification procedures. Furthermore, it features an excellent laboratory infrastructure and is certified according to the quality management standard, DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. Founded in 1981, Fraunhofer ISE, with a staff of around 1400, is the largest solar research institute in Europe.

 

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Press Release #13 / 30.5.2022

Fraunhofer ISE Develops the World's Most Efficient Solar Cell with 47.6 Percent Efficiency

Researchers, using a new antireflection coating, have successfully increased the efficiency of the best four-junction solar cell to date from 46.1 to 47.6 percent at a concentration of 665 suns. 

 

Press Release #9 / 25.4.2022

High Speed Processing on Large Wafers with Newly Developed On-the-Fly Laser Equipment

A research team at Fraunhofer ISE has succeeded in implementing a novel system concept, whereby large-format solar cells are continually processed as they move at high speed under the laser scanner. 

 

Press Release #7 / 21.3.2022

Fraunhofer ISE develops mobile test stand for high-resolution Power-to-X kinetic analysis

Fraunhofer ISE has developed a universally applicable test stand for kinetic investigations analyze catalytic fixed-bed reactions under dynamic operating conditions. 

 

Press Release #4 / 10.2.2022

π -COMET Technology: First European Production of OME in an Industrially Relevant Environment

Fraunhofer ISE and the industrial partners ChemCom Industries B.V. and ASG Analytik-Service AG have successfully developed a technical solution that enables an OME production process on an industrial scale. 

 

 

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24.6.2022

Özde Seyma Kabakli from Fraunhofer ISE Receives Poster Prize at the 14th International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics

At the 14th International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (held May 23-25, Valencia, Spain and online), Özde Seyma Kabakli, doctoral student from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg was awarded a prize for the best poster. The conference chair honored her poster on the “Optimization of Serial Co-sputtered Indium-Zinc Oxide (IZO) Films for Perovskite Silicon Tandem Solar Cells”.
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30.5.2022

International Energy Workshop in Freiburg: Modeling Future Energy Systems

The 40th edition of the International Energy Workshop (IEW), a leading conference for the international energy system modeling community, took place May 25 - 27, 2022 in Freiburg, Germany. It was hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. The experts discussed the challenges of the global, national and local transformation of the energy system and the contribution that energy modeling can make to its successful implementation.
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23.5.2022

World’s Leading Solar Energy Research Institutions Discuss Shared Challenges, Growth Opportunities at 3rd Terawatt Workshop

Representatives from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA), the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan), and other leading solar research institutes around the world, as well as international participants from academia and industry, discussed the implications of the multi-terawatt photovoltaics (PV) market at the 3rd Terawatt Workshop of the Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes (GA-SERI. Over 60 PV experts, along with experts from related R&D areas gathered from 12 countries in Freiburg, Germany on May 16–17, 2022.
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4.5.2022

Stringer for Manufacturing Matrix Shingle Modules Goes into Series Production

The matrix shingle concept developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE arranges shingled solar cells offset from each other, like bricks in a masonry wall. As part of a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, the company M10 Industries AG and the research institute Fraunhofer ISE have developed a stringer system for interconnecting such modules, which is now entering series production. Visitors to Intersolar Europe can view the matrix shingle modules manufactured on this system at the booths of Fraunhofer ISE (A1.540) and of M10 Solar Equipment GmbH (A3.260).
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Current Posts from "Innovation4E", the Research Blog of Fraunhofer ISE

 

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Research Blog of Fraunhofer ISE

Innovation4E

We want to share our expertise with you. The research blog of Fraunhofer ISE  »Innovation4E« offers a platform for information and exchange.

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