Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Photovoltaics

Photovoltaic technology is an essential component to transform today’s carbon-based energy system into one with its foundations in renewable and sustainable energy sources.

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Solar Thermal Technology

For the transformation of the thermal energy systems, solar thermal energy is a central component alongside energy efficiency.

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Building Energy Technology

More than 40 % of the end energy demand in most industrial countries is caused by the building sector, thus it has a major role to play in reaching the targets for climate protection.

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Hydrogen Technologies

Hydrogen, produced by electrolysis using electricity from renewable energy sources, can be used according to need across many sectors for a variety of applications; for example, in the sustainable mobility sector for fuel cell vehicles, etc.

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Energy System Technology

Energy system technology, which optimizes the interaction between generators, consumers and their control and addresses the management of energy distribution and storage, is one of the most important areas needing work for the energy transformation.

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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 9001:2008. Founded in 1981, Fraunhofer ISE, with a staff of approximately 1100, is the largest solar research institute in Europe.

New Directorship as of January 1, 2017

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning

Director (acting)
Since 1994 employed at Fraunhofer ISE, July 2009 - December 2016 Deputy Director of Fraunhofer ISE, Research Focus: building energy technology and energy system analysis

Dr. Andreas Bett

Director (acting)
Since 1986 employed at Fraunhofer ISE, from July 2009 - December 2016 Deputy Director of Fraunhofer ISE, Research Focus: concentrator photovoltaics (CPV).

Current Press Releases

 

Press Release #6 / 20.2.2017

Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cell with 21.9 Percent Efficiency: Fraunhofer ISE Again Holds World Record

Now researchers at Fraunhofer ISE have produced a multicrystalline silicon solar cell with 21.9 percent efficiency, successfully bringing the world record back to Freiburg.

 

Press Release #5 / 9.2.2017

Crystals for Superconduction, Quantum Computing and High Efficiency Solar Cells

From March 8-10, 2017, an International Conference on Crystal Growth is to be held in Freiburg under the auspices of the German Association of Crystal Growth DGKK and the Swiss Society for Crystallography SGK-SSCR.

 

Press Release #4 / 7.2.2017

Reliability of TPedge PV Modules Successfully Tested

In the project “TPedge,” researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with their partners have developed processes so that the innovative PV modules can be manufactured on an industrial scale.

 

Press Release #3 / 16.1.2017

Solar Collectors from Ultra-High Performance Concrete Combine Energy Efficiency and Aesthetics

When integrating renewable energy into the building envelope, solar thermal plays a significant role. So far, solar thermal products were generally based on metal components that conduct heat, absorb a high fraction of solar radiation and emit little infrared radiation to prevent thermal loss. Using this state of the art technology, building integration and architectural aspects are however often neglected.

News and Events

10.2.2017

Interactive Map of Germany with Power Plant Sites – New Feature of the Fraunhofer ISE Energy Charts

The Fraunhofer ISE Energy Charts presents up-to-date data on German electricity production using user-friendly graphs. Now an interactive map has been added that shows the locations of all power plants listed on the European Energy Exchange (EEX) in Leipzig. This new map provides a quick overview of the power plant locations and their grid connectivity.

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16.1.2017

Visit us at the Special Show “Fraunhofer CityLaboratory” at the BAU 2017!

At the “Fraunhofer CityLaboratory” at the BAU 2017, the Fraunhofer Building Alliance will be presenting both innovative and sustainable solutions from building research (Hall C2, Booth 538). Four themes are highlighted at the special show: Digital Design, Construction and Management, Intelligent Façades, Safety in Building, and Resource-Efficiency and Energy Management.

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21.12.2016

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning and Dr. Andreas Bett Assigned as Provisional Directors of Fraunhofer ISE – Appointment Procedure for Successor Not Yet Finalized

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning and Dr. Andreas Bett will serve as provisional institute directors of Fraunhofer ISE as of January 1, 2017 for the interim. This decision was made by the executive board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, since the appointment procedure for Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber’s successor has not yet been finalized. Having reached retirement age, Prof. Weber will be leaving Fraunhofer ISE at the end of 2016.

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21.12.2016

Fraunhofer ISE Current Study Reveals: Renewable Technologies Competitive in Egypt

As commissioned by the German embassy in Cairo, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, in cooperation with SolarizEgypt, has calculated the electricity generation costs (LCOE) for renewable technologies and conventional power plants in Egypt. The results were published in a study and presented at a workshop at the German Science Centre Cairo. The calculations of Fraunhofer ISE show that electricity from wind and ground mounted PV systems in Egypt is already competitive today and, in part, less expensive than gas power plants and diesel generators.

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Trade Fair

8th International Rechargeable Battery Expo

Tokyo, Japan  /  03/01/2017 - 03/03/2017

Conference

IRES

Duesseldorf, Germany /  03/14/2017 - 03/16/2017

Forum

11th Battery University Experts Forum

Aschaffenburg, Germany /  03/14/2017 - 03/16/2017

Trade Fair

ISH

Frankfurt, Germany / 03/14/2017 - 03/18/2017

 

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.

New Articles on Innovation4E:

16.12.2016

Software Reduces Losses in Solar PV Modules

A photovoltaic module consists of many interconnected solar cells. One cannot say, however, that the module power is simply the sum of the individual cells. Power losses due to reflection, absorption or electrical losses come about in the integration process. These cell-to-module, or CTM, losses have a large effect on the subsequent module performance and […]

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1.12.2016

Scientific Symposium on the Global Energy Transformation – Talks Videos Part 2

On November 11, 2016 at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE honored Prof. Eicke R. Weber’s achievements at a scientific symposium on the global energy transformation. The talks presented at the Scientific Symposium on Research for the Energy Transformation have been published in two parts. The second part is […]

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25.11.2016

Scientific Symposium on the Global Energy Transformation – Talks Videos Part 1

On November 11, 2016 at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE honored Prof. Eicke R. Weber’s achievements at a scientific symposium on the global energy transformation. The talks presented at the Scientific Symposium on Research for the Energy Transformation will be published in two parts. This first part, consists […]

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16.11.2016

Episode 01: An Espresso with… Dr. Christian Honeker

In our series “An Espresso with …” we regularly carry out interviews with engaging people from the field of renewable energy. In this first episode, we met with Christian Honeker, Ph. D., Senior Technical Staff, PV Technologies at Fraunhofer CSE. The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE is the daughter institute of Fraunhofer ISE […]

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