Fraunhofer ISE – Two New Institute Directors as of January 1, 2017
As of January 1, 2017, Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning and Dr. Andreas Bett have been appointed as the acting institute directors of Fraunhofer ISE 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 has left Fraunhofer ISE at the end of 2016.
Since July 2009 Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning has served as Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. He holds a professorship for “Technical Energy Systems” in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Hans-Martin Henning received his doctorate in physics from the University of Oldenburg in 1993 and has been working at Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg since 1994. His key area of research lies in building energy technology. In recent years, Prof. Dr. Henning has played a leading role in developing a simulation model to calculate complex energy systems. This has led to investigations on Germany’s future energy system that consider all relevant conversion technologies and end-user sectors.
Dr. Andreas Bett has also served as Deputy Director of Fraunhofer ISE with Prof. Henning since 2009. He received his doctorate in physics from the University of Constance and has been working at Fraunhofer ISE since 1986. His work of many years has been in the field of concentrator photovoltaics. His division “Materials –
Solar Cells and Technology” at Fraunhofer ISE is among the leading research teams worldwide in this field. They presently hold the world record solar cell efficiency of 46% for solar conversion in the concentrator technology.
The outgoing Institute Director Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber is assuming new responsibilities as Director of the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore BEARS and shall be in charge of intensifying the research cooperation between the National University of Singapore NUS und the University of California, Berkeley.
The BEARS program deals with topics of renewable energy and energy efficiency in particular.