Power from the sun

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
Energy-Efficient Building Operation: The Energy Monitoring Platform MONDAS Identifies Energy-Saving Potential
Jan 16, 2017

Through optimized operation management, up to 30 % of building energy consumption could be saved. Even low-cost investment measures could result in optimization and significant reduction of costs. In order to save energy, a detailed analysis of the building operation is necessary. For this purpose, Fraunhofer ISE developed the energy monitoring platform MONDAS, which provides all components necessary for collecting, saving, processing and visualizing relevant time-series data regarding building operation. The platform successfully pools software modules to a high-performance overall system. It will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.

Designing Architecture with Solar Building Envelopes
Jan 16, 2017

Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.

Solar Collectors from Ultra-High Performance Concrete Combine Energy Efficiency and Aesthetics
Jan 16, 2017

When integrating renewable energy into the building envelope, solar thermal plays a significant role. So far, solar thermal products were generally based on metal components that conduct heat, absorb a high fraction of solar radiation and emit little infrared radiation to prevent thermal loss. Using this state of the art technology, building integration and architectural aspects are however often neglected. In the »TABSOLAR II« project, Fraunhofer ISE, together with partners, is following the new approach to produce solar-thermal collectors made from ultra-high performance concrete. Suitable procedures have already been tested. The project team is now working on the next steps for later product manufacture and connection concepts for building integration. The current developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.

Visit us at the Special Show “Fraunhofer CityLaboratory” at the BAU 2017!

At the “Fraunhofer CityLaboratory” at the BAU 2017, the Fraunhofer Building Alliance will be presenting both innovative and sustainable solutions from building research (Hall C2, Booth 538). Four themes are highlighted at the special show: Digital Design, Construction and Management, Intelligent Façades, Safety in Building, and Resource-Efficiency and Energy Management. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, as a member of the Fraunhofer Building Alliance, will be displaying exhibits at the show. Come by and learn more about our research on the following themes.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning and Dr. Andreas Bett Assigned as Provisional Directors of Fraunhofer ISE – Appointment Procedure for Successor Not Yet Finalized

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning and Dr. Andreas Bett will serve as provisional institute directors of Fraunhofer ISE as of January 1, 2017 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 will be leaving Fraunhofer ISE at the end of 2016.

Fraunhofer ISE Current Study Reveals: Renewable Technologies Competitive in Egypt

As commissioned by the German embassy in Cairo, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, in cooperation with SolarizEgypt, has calculated the electricity generation costs (LCOE) for renewable technologies and conventional power plants in Egypt. The results were published in a study and presented at a workshop at the German Science Centre Cairo. The calculations of Fraunhofer ISE show that electricity from wind and ground mounted PV systems in Egypt is already competitive today and, in part, less expensive than gas power plants and diesel generators.

Events / Trade Fairs
BAU Munich - World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems
Munich, Germany
Jan 16, 2017 - Jan 21, 2017

BAU, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, is the biggest and most important event in the sector. The next BAU takes place from January 16 to 21, 2017 at the Messe München exhibition center. Around 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and approximately 250,000 visitors from all around the world are expected to take part. Every two years the industry's leading manufacturers and innovative newcomers showcase their products and services for commercial and residential construction and interior work for both new-building and renovation and modernization here. They present concrete future prospects and innovative solutions and provide inspiration for real career practice.

8th International Rechargeable Battery Expo
Tokyo, Japan
Mar 01, 2017 - Mar 03, 2017

The International Rechargeable Battery Expo is the world's largest business platform for manufacturing and R&D of rechargeable battery. All kinds of materials, manufacturing technologies, inspection/analysis equipment services as well as the battery itself will gather from around the world. Its 8th iteration will be held from 1st to 3rd of March and will be located at the Tokyo Big Sight venue.

ISH Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 14, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017

ISH – The World’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building Services, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies – is the world’s biggest exhibition for the combination of water and energy. With everything from sustainable sanitation solutions, innovative bathroom design and energy efficient heating technologies combined with renewable energies to environmentally friendly air-conditioning, cooling and ventilation technology, the world’s leading trade fair covers all aspects of future-oriented building solutions in both horizontal and vertical terms.

11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Mar 14, 2017 - Mar 16, 2017

Since 2006 EUROSOLAR (the European Association for Renewable Energy) and WCRE (the World Council for Renewable Energy) have successfully organized the scientific conference series on International Renewable Energy Storage (IRES). From 14 till 16 March 2017 the 11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2017) will take place together with the Energy Storage Europe (conference + expo) in Düsseldorf, Germany.


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