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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.

Scientific Symposium on the Global Energy Transformation on the Occasion of Prof. Eicke R. Weber’s Retirement - Part 2

On November 11, 2016 at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE honored Prof. Eicke R. Weber’s achievements at a scientific symposium on the global energy transformation. The list of speakers at the symposium reflects Weber’s successful networking within the photovoltaics sector and beyond. The talks presented at the Scientific Symposium on Research for the Energy Transformation have been published on our blog Innovation4E in two parts.

Join the SOLAR-TRAIN Project: Application for Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD Fellowships is open until December 11th!

Fraunhofer ISE and 7 European partners recently started a new Marie Sklodowska-Curie project in the field of photovoltaic module life time forecast and evaluation. The objective is to develop novel, validated models for the service life time and energy prediction of PV modules and systems. The SOLAR-TRAIN project will also qualify selected PhD students in the field of PV durability as part of a highly innovative, multi-disciplinary project meeting industry requirements. SOLAR-TRAIN invites applications for 14 PhD fellowships. The successful candidates will be hosted at leading European research centres and companies starting in March 2017. The deadline for applications is 11th December 2016.

New Momentum for European Photovoltaic Research and Industry – Consortium Starts Project which Aims at High-Performance Solar Cells and Modules

A strong consortium of experienced industrial actors and renowned R&D institutes collaborates in a project which aims to develop key technologies for the next generation of high-performance photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and modules, allowing ultra-low solar electricity costs with minimum environmental impact.

Scientific Symposium on the Global Energy Transformation on the Occasion of Prof. Eicke R. Weber’s Retirement - Part 1

On November 11, 2016 at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE honored Prof. Eicke R. Weber’s achievements at a scientific symposium on the global energy transformation. The list of speakers at the symposium reflects Weber’s successful networking within the photovoltaics sector and beyond.  The talks presented at the Scientific Symposium on Research for the Energy Transformation will be published in two parts. Part 1, consisting of talks by Dr. Dirk-Holger Neuhaus, Managing Director, Solar World Innovations GmbH; Prof. Rolf Brendel, Director of the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hameln (ISFH) and Prof. Dr. Lars Samuelson, Co-Director of the Nanometer Structure Consortium, Lund University, is now available for viewing on the Fraunhofer ISE research blog “Innovation4E”. (With the exception of Samuelson, all talks are in German.)

Available for Download Now: Presentations of 6th PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop

End of October the 6th PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop has been successfully held in Freiburg. The workshop brought together solar PV professionals and researchers to discuss new and important technical issues related to PV performance modeling. The presentations have been published and are now available for download for the PV community. For more information and to download the Workshop Proceedings please visit: https://pvpmc.sandia.gov/resources/events/2016-6th-pv-performance-modeling-workshop/

Heating Apartment Houses Sustainably

Project Alliance of Research, Heating Manufacturers, and Housing Industry Develops Sustainable Energy Concepts and Heating Systems for Existing Apartment Houses.

Expert Workshop in Freiburg: Modeling and Monitoring of PV Systems

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is acting as host for this year’s “PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop”. Photovoltaics experts from around the world will meet in Freiburg’s Historisches Kaufhaus (Historic Merchants’ Hall) for the event from October 24 to 25, 2016. The industry representatives will discuss the latest scientific findings, as well as the market demands on modeling and monitoring of PV systems output. Further information and a registration form for the workshop can be found here.

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.

EDF Energies Nouvelles and Fraunhofer ISE sign contract for further cooperation – Quality standards for PV power plants

On the occasion of Intersolar Europe in Munich, Fraunhofer ISE and the French company EDF Energies Nouvelles celebrated their ten years of collaboration which mainly addresses quality standards for PV power plants. A contract for further cooperation was signed.

Fraunhofer ISE Launches Scientific Blog, Facebook Page and Twitter Channel

In order to make the R&D activities of Fraunhofer ISE more accessible to the public, the institute has launched a scientific blog called “Innovation4E” located at: www.innovation4e.de.
Our blog “Innovation4E” accompanies our other social network activities: The Facebook page FraunhoferISE and the Twitter channel @FraunhoferISE.

New course “Solar Energy Engineering” of the University of Freiburg and the Fraunhofer ISE prepares experts for the energy transition

News 21/16, June 17, 2016

To comprehensively prepare experts and executive staff for the energy transition, the University of Freiburg in scientific cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Fraunhofer Academy offers two continuing education options in the field of Solar Energy Engineering: the new part-time master program “M.Sc. Solar Energy Engineering” and a certificate program offering different “Solar Energy Engineering Certificate” modules. Both programs are to start in October. They address an international target group; the course language is English. Application deadline for the master program is September 1, 2016. The deadline for the certificate program is October 1, 2016.

Fraunhofer ISE Adds Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle to its Research Fleet of Fuel Cell Cars

News 19/16, May 2, 2016

The transformation of the energy system relies on a large share of fluctuating renewable energy sources and thus requires hydrogen for long-term storage and as a fuel in the mobility sector. In 2012, Fraunhofer ISE erected a solar hydrogen filling station at the institute to demonstrate future, zero-emission mobility based on green hydrogen produced on location using solar energy and water. Over the past four years, the Fraunhofer scientists have been using three Daimler B-Class F-Cell Vehicles to test fuel cell mobility. Now with the newly acquired Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell passenger car, Fraunhofer ISE expands its zero-emission research fleet.

Concentrator Photovoltaics Targeted for Highly Efficient Power Production in India – Fraunhofer ISE Starts Research Cooperation with Indian Partners

News 18/16, April 25, 2016

Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) is a cost-effective method for generating electricity in regions that have a large fraction of direct solar radiation. With the help of lenses, sunlight is concentrated onto miniature, highly efficient multi-junction solar cells with efficiencies above 40 %. CPV modules are mounted on trackers that continually follow the sun’s path in order to use direct sunlight. Now, Fraunhofer ISE, together with NETRA, the research facility of the largest Indian public utility NTPC, are working together on a cooperative research project to determine the specific requirements needed for the use of CPV in India. The Indo-German research project “CPVIndia” is funded by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau KFW with resources from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety BMUB, as part of the international climate protection initiative.

German-Greek Cooperative Project “WasserMod“ Ends with Success

News 16/16, April 19, 2016

In the “WasserMod” project, research teams from Germany and Greece performed experimental investigations and computer simulations in order to learn more about water diffusion in microporous adsorbents. Three project partners worked together in the research team: the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, the University of Leipzig and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The project ended in 2015 after a duration of two years; a follow-up project is planned. The project results shall now be transferred to the application phase and used for optimizing heating and cooling systems in cooperation with industry.

Dr. Werner Platzer Appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Freiburg

Dr. Werner Platzer, division director of Solar Thermal and Optics at Fraunhofer ISE, was newly appointed honorary professor in the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Freiburg. The certificate of appointment was presented to him on March 1, 2016 by Prof. Dr. Gunther Neuhaus, the prorector of research at the university. Platzer received the honorary professorship based on his many years as lecturer and his support in developing and forming the Master Program of Renewable Energy Management in the department.

Sustainability Summit 2016: Call for Papers published

News 09/2016, March 21, 2016

From October 12 to 13, 2016 the second Sustainability Summit will take place in Freiburg. In 2015 a great number of renowned thought leaders in sustainability came to Freiburg to jointly discuss the topic on a broad level. Starting this year the conference series will shift its focus to more scientific discussions. Therefore, the program committee of the Summit is calling interested scientists to submit proposals for presentations within a Call for Papers.