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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.

Fraunhofer ISE CalLab PV Cells Celebrates 30th Jubilee – Standard Reference for Solar Cells
Jun 22, 2016

This year, CalLab PV Cells, the calibration laboratory at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, celebrates its 30th jubilee. For the past three decades, precisely measured reference solar cells – and for almost 25 years reference modules – have been sent from Freiburg throughout the world. The cell reference provides a measure of comparison for photovoltaics on an international scale, allowing manufacturers and researchers to make efficiency values globally comparable and legally accepted. When the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab PV Cells began operation in 1986, it was the only facility of its kind in Europe. Since then, the lab enjoys international prestige.

EDF Energies Nouvelles and Fraunhofer ISE – Strong Partners for PV Power Plant Quality
Jun 22, 2016

The EDF Energies Nouvelles and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE celebrate their long-standing cooperation. Over the past ten years, EDF Energies Nouvelles has counted on Fraunhofer ISE’s expertise in precise calibration services and quality assurance for its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules installed in solar photovoltaic power plants worldwide.

Laser-based Production Process for High Efficiency Solar Cells Wins Award – Ralf Preu and Jan Nekarda Receive 2016 Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize
May 10, 2016

Press Release 10/16, May 10, 2016

Photovoltaics and wind energy are major building blocks in the energy transformation, which is one of the biggest challenges society faces in the coming decades. “The total amount of electric energy from photovoltaic sources is more than 250 terawatt hours, approximately equivalent to the amount produced by 30 nuclear power plants. In order to help meet international climate objectives, the amount of photovoltaic power newly installed each year will have to increase by ten times over the next 15 years. On the whole, solar technology will have to become more efficient and cost-effective in order to meet the demands of this market,” explains Dr.-Ing. Ralf Preu, Division Director of PV Production Technology and Quality Assurance, at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg. The researcher and his colleague Dr. Jan Nekarda have already made an important contribution to climate protection with the development of Laser-Fired Contact (LFC) technology, enabling the manufacture of more efficient solar cells at lower cost. At the annual meeting of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft on May 10, 2016 in Essen, the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize was presented to Ralf Preu and Jan Nekarda for their innovative development. “We are delighted to receive this distinguished prize, which is not only a recognition of our work but also shows the innovative strength of the German and European photovoltaic industry,” says Ralf Preu obviously pleased.