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Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE conducts research on the technology needed to supply energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialised, threshold and developing countries. To this purpose, the Institute develops systems, components, materials and processes in the areas of the thermal use of solar energy, solar building, solar cells, electrical power supplies, chemical energy conversion, energy storage and the rational use of energy.

The Institute's work ranges from fundamental scientific research relating to solar energy applications, through the development of production technology and prototypes, to the construction of demonstration systems. The Institute plans, advises and provides know-how and technical facilities as services.

Current Press Releases
2nd “Solar for All” Contest 2016 Finalists have been chosen – “Short Video Contest” Winner is announced
Aug 04, 2016

More than one billion people still have no reliable access to electricity, particularly in rural areas in developing countries. The cost for photovoltaic (PV) technology has been dropping continuously in the past years, making solar electricity an even more viable solution for these regions. Reliable PV systems for community electrification that are well adapted and scalable are required.

Renewable Energy in the European Electricity Market – Germany and Greece in the Focus for Renewable Energy Growth
Jul 19, 2016

In order to meet the European climate targets, namely reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 80 percent by 2050, the share of renewables in the energy supply must increase substantially. In the cooperative project RES-DEGREE, researchers from the Fraunhofer ISE and from the E3MLab at the National Technical University of Athens investigated how European climate targets can be met. Above all, they analyzed how this endeavor affects the share of renewable energy on the European electricity market and the cross-border electricity transfer between countries. The project results have been published in a final report.

Frank Feldmann Receives SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award 2016 – Two Scientists, Two Institutes, One Goal: Highest Efficiency Solar Cells
Jun 24, 2016

For the eleventh year in a row, SolarWorld’s prestigious Junior Einstein Award has been awarded to excellent young scientists and engineers. At the award ceremony, which took place during the Intersolar Europe in Munich on June 22, 2016, the German solar company presented this year’s award to two young scientists: Dr. Frank Feldmann of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and his scientific colleague Dr. Udo Roemer of the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hameln. The jury of the international competition honored both researchers for their groundbreaking work on passivated contacts, which enables considerably higher silicon solar cell efficiencies.

Application deadline of MSc Solar Energy Engineering: September 1st, 2016

The application deadline for the Master of Science Solar Energy Engineering is approaching soon.

Start of the European Project “RAISELIFE” to Enhance the Lifetime of Materials for Concentrated Solar Power

In Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants, the quality and durability of the employed functional materials have a high impact on the cost of the produced solar heat or electricity. Eleven European partners from the R&D sector, universities and industry affiliated together with the Moroccan Research Institute of MASCIR and the Israeli company of BrightSource Industries Israel to work during the next 4 years on improving the lifetime of key materials used in CSP.

VDE Certificate for Photovoltaic Power Plants Presented for the First Time at the Intersolar Europe – Joint Development Between the VDE and Fraunhofer ISE

Today megawatt-scale photovoltaic power plants must meet very high standards. These are required by investors, banks and insurance companies as a basis for financing or insurance. Against this background, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the VDE Testing and Certification Institute have developed a product that analyzes and evaluates all processes of a project from the planning stage through to operation. The joint services offered by the two institutes provide the customer with a substantiated report on the quality of their project. On June 23, 2016 at the Intersolar Europe, BayWa r.e. was the first company to be recognized with the VDE certificate for ground-mounted PV systems.

Events / Trade Fairs
World of Energy Solutions
Stuttgart, Germany
Oct 10, 2016 - Oct 12, 2016

The World of Energy Solutions is international trade fair and conference – and thus an important platform for speeding up the change to alternative energy sources. It addresses all players involved in the manufacturing of battery and energy storage systems for mobile and stationary implementation. All areas are dealt with, from raw materials to turnkey battery systems.

ISOS-9 – International Summit on Hybrid and Organic PV Stability
Freiburg, Germany
Oct 12, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016

ISOS has been running since 2008 and has rapidly become one of the most attended workshops in the field, bringing together an expert community both from industry and academia. The program includes round table discussions and the limited number of participants creates a unique atmosphere for informal scientific exchange. This year’s program will cover the following topics: degradation of photo-active materials and full devices in the field of organic, hybrid and perovskite solar cells, flexible gas barriers, applications and standards, characterization techniques and few talks from related optoelectronic devices, for example OLEDs or Si PV reliability.

Sustainability Summit 2016
University of Freiburg, Germany
Oct 12, 2016 - Oct 13, 2016

In October this year, the Sustainability Center Freiburg will host its second conference – the Sustainability Summit 2016. Use this unique opportunity to both join the discussion within as well as beyond your own specific field of scientific interest. The Sustainability Summit 2016 will be divided into three symposia:
1. Sustainable Materials, 2. Energy Systems, 3. Resilience Engineering

6th PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop
Freiburg, Germany
Oct 24, 2016 - Oct 25, 2016

Fraunhofer ISE, Sandia National Laboratories, and the IEA PVPS Task 13 are co-organizing the 6th PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC) Workshop to be held at the “Historisches Kaufhaus”, Germany (24th - 25th October 2016). Technical tours will be offered on Wednesday, 26th of October at Fraunhofer ISE and at a PV installation nearby Freiburg.


Fraunhofer ISE - Annual Report 2015/16

Study: What will the Energy Transformation Cost?