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.


 

Dear customers, project partners, sponsors and friends,

Fraunhofer ISE will continue to do everything in its power to protect the health of its employees and society as a whole by acting responsibly. Therefore, we strictly adhere to the official guidelines and those of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the COVID-19 pandemic and also implement measures which are specific to Fraunhofer ISE.

Of course, we remain in operation and continue to serve you. We process all project orders and continue to carry out our R&D for the energy transition. Our employees are working partly at the institute and partly in their home offices. Therefore, please get in touch with your contact person preferably by e-mail. Should you still have difficulties in contacting them, please call our main telephone number: +49 761 4588-0.

We wish you, your relatives and employees good health!

Warm regards,

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning
Prof. Dr. Andreas Bett

Institute Directors Fraunhofer ISE

 

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Current Press Releases

 

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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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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3.12.2021

16th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference: Call for Abstracts 2022

The Call for Abstracts for the 16th International Renewable Energy Storage (IRES) Conference is now launched. The next IRES, the world's leading science and technology conference on this topic, will take place from September 20-22, 2022. Science and technology experts from academia and industry are invited to submit abstracts on their research in renewable energy storage systems. Relevant scientific papers in policy, finance and law are also welcome. The conference is organized by EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energies.
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18.11.2021

First International Conference for Vehicle-integrated PV

Vehicle-integrated photovoltaics has received increasing interest from science and industry in recent years. From December 6 to 8, 2021, the Netherlands Organization for applied scientific research TNO and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE with the conference organizer Conexio-PSE GmbH are organizing “PVinMotion 2021,” the first international conference dedicated to this topic. The event will be held online over a period of three days. Industry representatives, scientists and interested parties will discuss solutions for the integration of photovoltaics in cars, trucks and other vehicles.
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9.11.2021

Fraunhofer ISE Compares PV Inverters with Multi-MPPT and Single-MPPT

On behalf of KACO new energy GmbH, a team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE investigated under what conditions an inverter with multiple independent DC inputs (multi-maximum power point tracker, Multi-MPPT) is worthwhile. The yield differences between the device types were determined with simulations for different solar system configurations, shading scenarios and locations. In the comparative study, multi-MPPT inverters showed small additional yields depending on the application, but these are reduced by the additional internal conversion stage.
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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.

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