Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

R&D for Energy Transition

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany is the largest solar research institute in Europe. With a staff of about 1400, we are committed to promoting a sustainable, economic, secure and socially just energy supply system based on renewable energy sources. We contribute to this through our main research areas of energy provision, energy distribution, energy storage and energy utilization. Through outstanding research results, successful industrial projects, spin-off companies and global collaborations, we are shaping the sustainable transformation of the energy system.


In the business areas of Photovoltaics, Energy Efficient Buildings, Solar Thermal Power Plants and Industrial Processes, Hydrogen Technologies and Electrical Energy Storage as well as Power Electronics, Grids and Smart Systems, the Institute develops materials, components, systems and processes. For this purpose, we have an excellent laboratory infrastructure at our disposal. In addition, we perform analyses, carry out studies, provide consultations and offer our clients testing and certification procedures. Fraunhofer ISE is certified according to the quality management standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2015.

 

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Press Release #18 / 26.9.2022

Promoting the Expansion of Photovoltaics by Cutting Production Times for High-Efficiency Solar Cells by Half

A consortium of plant manufacturers, metrology companies and research institutions have come up with a proof of concept.

 

Press Release #17 / 15.9.2022

Fraunhofer ISE Demonstrates First Long-Term Methanol Synthesis from Blast Furnace Gas in a Miniplant

In the project "Carbon2Chem® , the long-term stability of methanol synthesis from actual, purified blast furnace gas has now been demonstrated over of more than 5,000 hours. 

 

Press Release #16 / 14.9.2022

Thomas Speidel, Dr. Thorsten Ochs (ADS-TEC Energy) and Stefan Reichert, Fraunhofer ISE, nominated for Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2022

Thomas Speidel, Dr. Thorsten Ochs (ADS-TEC Energy) and Stefan Reichert (Fraunhofer ISE) have been nominated for the German Future Prize 2022 for the storage-based, ultra-fast charging system "ChargeBox."

 

Press Release #14 / 26.7.2022

AVUSpro: Sensor Autonomously Measures Soiling on Solar Power Plants

In the “AVUSpro” project, Fraunhofer ISE, PSE Instruments GmbH, TSK Flagsol Engineering GmbH and Dornier Suntrace GmbH have developed a fully automatic device to measure soiling on solar power plants.

 

 

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29.9.2022

Fraunhofer ISE Develops Solar-Powered Ice Maker and Solar Dryers for Fishermen and Farmers in Kenya

In Africa, up to 30 percent of agricultural or marine products such as fish spoil on their way to market due to a lack of refrigeration or preservation facilities. Not least, this is due to the lack of an electrical infrastructure in rural areas. In the SolCoolDry cooperative project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE developed a system for solar-assisted ice production and solar drying of foodstuffs. The system has now been handed over to the local community in Mwazaro in southern Kenya.
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21.9.2022

Ammonia as a Hydrogen Vehicle: New Integrated Reactor Technology for the Energy Transition

Ammonia from green hydrogen is an energy carrier with high economic potential that can be used as a chemical feedstock, as marine fuel or for stationary power generation. In the future, it will be imported on a large scale from regions with high solar and wind resources. In the project "PICASO" (Process Intensification & Advanced Catalysis for Ammonia Sustainable Optimized process), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Ulm University and the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute (FREA-AIST) are working on a novel power-to-ammonia (PtA) process for sustainable ammonia synthesis. The process could reduce CO2 emissions by 95 percent compared to the conventional process. The project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, started on August 1.
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19.7.2022

Juan Francisco Martínez Sánchez Wins the Gips-Schüle Young Scientist Award for his Development of a High-Efficiency PV Hybrid Concentrator Module

Juan Francisco Martínez Sánchez, a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, received the Gips-Schüle Young Scientist Award this week for combining concentrator PV technology with a conventional silicon photovoltaic (PV) module. The decisive innovation is that the hybrid PV module uses not only direct sunlight, which is concentrated by lenses onto miniature concentrator solar cells no bigger than several millimeters in size, but also diffuse, or scatttered, sunlight thanks to silicon solar cells. With this innovative concept, a bifacial PV module was able to achieve a power output of 350 watts per square meter for the first time worldwide.
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14.7.2022

Fraunhofer ISE Signs Open Letter Regarding REPowerEU Plan

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is co-signatory of an open letter regarding the REPowerEU plan to European policy makers and the media. Internationally active energy storage system associations and companies as well as international research institutions demand higher speed in the deployment of electrical energy storage.
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Current Posts from "Innovation4E", the Research Blog of Fraunhofer ISE

 

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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?