Guiding Principles of Fraunhofer ISE


Our driving motivation is to secure the livelihood of present and future generations and protect our natural resources.

With our pioneering research and development work, we hold a leading role internationally in the field of renewable energy systems and technologies. This enables us to contribute significantly to creating a sustainable, economic, secure and socially just energy supply worldwide, paving the way for an energy supply based exclusively on renewable energy sources.



Fraunhofer ISE carries out applied energy research. Through excellent research results, successful projects with industry partners, spin-off companies and global cooperations, we shape the transformation of the global energy system.

Together with companies, we transform original ideas into innovations that benefit society and strengthen both the German and European economy. With our technological and system-oriented approach, we support our customers through to the industrial implementation and successful market entry. Our scientific work ranges from materials research through to system integration.

Our Principles

Employees and Cooperation

Fraunhofer ISE’s success relies on the knowledge, enthusiasm and diversity of our employees. We place great importance on their professional and personal development and work actively to promote equal opportunity.  By offering flexible working conditions, we support the compatibility of work and private life. Our working relationship is based on trust and mutual appreciation, guided by respect and responsibility. Our transparent and cooperative working environment promotes trust as well as motivation and self-determination.


In fulfilling our tasks, we are aware of our responsibility to society and the natural environment. We orient ourselves on the principles of a sustainable development. These make up an integral part of our research and development goals as well as our internal processes. The protection of our resources through closed-loop material cycles is an essential component of a sustainable energy supply.


We tailor our research services to address our customers’ needs. We reach out to our customers, understand their challenges and successfully develop long-term solutions together. Our customers profit from our preparatory research and our infrastructure. We carry out our work professionally and in a targeted manner and foster a trusting and reliable working relationship with our customers.

We value long-term partnerships, which are based on mutual respect and integrity.

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We strive for scientific excellence. The safeguarding of good scientific practice is for us self-evident. We publish our scientific results in renowned magazines and journals and present them at conferences worldwide, actively participate in committees and register patents.

We cooperate with the University of Freiburg as well as other national and international universities and institutes. We teach and assist scientific education by initiating and supervising the work of students and doctoral students.

Quality and Processes

Our objective is to provide high-quality results. We continually optimize our internal processes with regard to the effective and efficient use of resources. Our quality management is subject to regular external audits and is certified according to international standards.


Together with our sister institutes in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, we help shape the energy system transformation. We network closely with actors on the national and international markets as well as cultivate cooperative partnerships with science and industry worldwide. The participation in associations and committees helps us to align our key research areas. The active inclusion of society and the participation in political discussions enables us to shape the future with our vision in mind.