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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Heating Apartment Houses Sustainably

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

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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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