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 1300, is the largest solar research institute in Europe.

 

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Press Release #28 / 12.11.2021

Four Decades of Research for the Energy Transition

Fraunhofer ISE, the largest solar research institute in Europe with currently around 1300 employees, celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

 

Press Release #26 / 25.10.2021

Electric Truck with Fully Integrated Photovoltaics Picks Up Speed

A heavy-duty truck weighing 18 tons and equipped with a 3.5 kilowatt-peak photovoltaic system is now driving on Germany's roads. The commercial vehicle with integrated high-voltage photovoltaic system and feed-in to the 800-volt traction battery has been approved for road traffic.

 

 

 

Press Release #22 / 23.9.2021

European Glass-Glass Photovoltaic Modules Are Particularly Climate-Friendly

In a new study, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have calculated that silicon photovoltaic modules manufactured in the European Union produce 40 percent less CO2 than modules manufactured in China.

 

Press Release #24 / 5.10.2021

M10 Industries AG and Fraunhofer ISE Develop Matrix Shingle Technology to Industrial Maturity

M10 Industries AG and Fraunhofer ISE and have developed a matrix shingle concept for connecting silicon solar cells and a new stringer for manufacturing novel matrix shingle modules.

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17.1.2022

Public Net Electricity Generation in Germany in 2021: Renewables Weaker Due to Weather

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has presented the annual figures for the German electricity generation in 2021. Due to weather conditions, the share of renewables in the net electricity generation (the electricity mix coming from the socket) fell to 45.7 percent, compared to 50.0 percent in 2020. Wind power with a share of 23.1 percent was again the most important source of electricity, yet this value was around 12 percent less than 2020.
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16.12.2021

Peter Schossig from Fraunhofer ISE Appointed as Heat Pump Expert in IEA Panel

Dr. Peter Schossig, Division Director Thermal Systems and Building Technology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, has been appointed as an expert to the Collaboration Programme on Heat Pumping Technologies of the International Energy Agency (HPT IA). He represents Germany as an alternate delegate to the Executive Committee. Heat pumps are one of the key technologies for achieving a net-zero emissions target by 2050, according to the IEA.
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15.12.2021

Call for Papers: International Energy Workshop 2022

The 40th edition of the International Energy Workshop (IEW) will take place from May 25 to 27 2022, in Freiburg, Germany and will be hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. The IEW is a leading conference for the international energy modeling community. In a world of environmental and economic constraints, energy modeling is an increasingly important tool for addressing the complexity of energy planning and policy making. The IEW provides a venue for analysts to compare quantitative energy projections, to understand the reasons for diverging views of future energy developments, and to observe new trends in global energy production and consumption.
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7.12.2021

Design Software for Optimizing PV modules Renewed

The SmartCalc.Module software created by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has been thoroughly renewed. A successor to SmartCalc.CTM, the novel software enables photovoltaic module manufacturers to minimize losses and optimize the module.
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Current Posts from "Innovation4E", the Research Blog of Fraunhofer ISE

 

Scientific Blog of Fraunhofer ISE

Innovation4E

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

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.

Episode 12 of a series on heat pumps in existing buildings I Marek Miara / 20.5.2021

How do we get more heat pumps in existing buildings?

Episode 11 of a series on heat pumps in existing buildings I Marek Miara / 7.5.2021

Can heat pumps only be used in one- and two-family houses?

Episode 10 of a series on heat pumps in existing buildings | Marek Miara / 29.4.2021

Is it better to combine a heat pump with fossil heating in some cases?

Episode 9 of a series on heat pumps in existing buildings | Marek Miara / 24.2.2021

Is it worth waiting for technological developments before switching to a heat pump?

Episode 8 of a series on heat pumps in existing buildings | Marek Miara / 14.4.2021

Isn’t heating with heat pumps too expensive?

Episode 7 of a series on heat pumps in existing buildings | Marek Miara / 24.3.2021

How ecological are heat pumps in existing buildings?