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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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/

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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