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Photovoltaic Modules and Power Plants

Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE


Fraunhofer ISE supports product development towards optimal efficiency, reduced cost, enhanced reliability and specialized applications such as building integration.

The Photovoltaic Module Technology Center (Module-TEC) offers a wide range of processing and analytical plattforms for mounting and connection technology.  In our facilities we characterize PV modules using the highest level of precision. Lifetime and degradation of the module components are investigated under different climate conditions. Comprehensive module tests complete our portfolio package. Accredited since 2006, out testing facility TestLab PV Modules offers a full range of testing services. In addition, we offer customized tests using our advanced test equipment, partly developed in-house.

Within the five categories of our Quality Circle, we offer quality assurance services for PV power plants from the planning phase through to continuous operation:

  • 1. Development
  • 2. Engineering
  • 3. Procurement
  • 4. Commissioning
  • 5. Operation

With its Quality Circle, Fraunhofer ISE can help customers establish the necessary requirements leading to economic  viability, and thus bankability, for their PV power plant. Our accredited calibration laboratory, CalLab PV Modules, with its measurement uncertainty of only 1.6% for crystalline modules, is one of the leading calibration laboratories worldwide.

Excerpt from current Annual Report:

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Dr Harry Wirth
Photovoltaic Modules and Power Plants: Coordination
Fraunhofer ISE