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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.

Integration of Renewable Energy in Europe and Africa – Study on Supergrid Presents Scenarios and Technologies for a Renewable-Based Energy Supply
Apr 18, 2016

Press Release 09/16, April, 18, 2016

The percentage of renewables in the electricity supply is steadily growing worldwide. Using a combination of different renewable sources, an ecological and economical electricity mix can be realized across national borders. Decisive here is the reliable supply, storage and distribution of renewable electricity. In the Supergrid project, several Fraunhofer institutes joined together to research just how such an electricity and transmission grid between North Africa and Europe could function. They developed scenarios for a renewable energy system in the MENA region and compared potential technologies. Detailed solutions were proposed and regulatory mechanisms were evaluated. The results of the Supergrid study are now available in a final report.

Research Factory PV-TEC Celebrates Ten Years of Service to German PV Industry – Opening of lab addition “PV-TEC Select” demonstrates confidence in the future
Apr 14, 2016

Press Release 08/16, April, 14, 2016

When the Fraunhofer ISE Photovoltaic Technology Evaluation Center PV-TEC was inaugurated in Spring 2006, it was the first research-based pilot line for crystalline silicon solar cells. Back then with support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Fraunhofer ISE PV-TEC was able to build a new, unique service center for the photovoltaic (PV) industry. With laboratory facilities stretching over 1200 m², PV-TEC continues to offer research, development and services on an industrial production level. Through its pioneering work in the field, the technology transfer to PV industry began to grow at an accelerated rate. Germany soon became a leading nation in the area of solar cell production and production technology, the latter still holding today. PV-TEC’s ten year jubilee was celebrated in Freiburg on April 13, 2016 in the presence of high-level representatives of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry for the Environment as well as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as well as more than 50 leading representatives of PV industry. The location of the event – and also a reason for celebration – is the new laboratory addition “PV-TEC Select.” With its new infrastructure in place, the lab’s aim is to realize solar cell efficiencies of 25 percent. PV-TEC Select will be officially inaugurated at the jubilee.

Grid-Supportive Buildings Give Boost to Renewable Energy Integration – Fraunhofer ISE Presents New Research Results at the Berlin ENERGY DAYS
Apr 11, 2016

Press Release 07/16, April 11, 2016

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE presents its newest results on grid-supportive buildings and urban quarters at the Berlin ENERGY DAYS on April 12, 2016. Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, deputy director of Fraunhofer ISE, will give a talk demonstrating how building mass and technical storage help to smooth out the fluctuations from renewable energy. This presentation is part of a workshop, organized by Fraunhofer ISE, Fraunhofer IBP and RWTH Aachen. More information about the workshop can be found under the following link: www.energietage.de/details/va/2016-504.html

Sixth SOPHIA PV Module Reliability Workshop to be Held in Vienna – Focus on Material Innovation and Building Integration
Apr 05, 2016

Press Release 06/16, April, 5, 2016

From April 28-29, 2016, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE will hold the sixth SOPHIA PV Module Reliability Workshop hosted by the Austrian Institute of Technology AIT in Vienna, Austria. International experts from research and industry will speak about innovations in materials, module reliability on the system level and PV module integration in buildings, among other topics. After the talks, time for questions and profound discussions will round off the presentations. Registrations for the workshop are being accepted up to April 20 at the following address: https://www.conftool.net/pv-module-reliability-workshop-2016/

Photovoltaic Pioneer Celebrates Birthday – Professor Dr. Joachim Luther Turns 75
Mar 31, 2016

Prof. Dr. Joachim Luther, director of Fraunhofer ISE from 1993 to 2006, celebrates his 75th birthday on March 31, 2016. For decades, his commitment to the field of solar energy has been impressive. In 1993 he took over as director of Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg upon the retirement of its founder Prof. Dr. Adolf Goetzberger. For twelve years, Prof. Luther headed Fraunhofer ISE, the largest institute for applied solar energy research in Europe. He led the Institute during a decisive phase in its history. Under his leadership, the number of employees doubled, reaching 450 employees in 2006. Today the staff totals about 1100.

Global gathering addresses PV role in energy prosperity and climate change mitigation and announces transition to a new stage that will carry PV to the terawatt range
Mar 30, 2016

The “Global Alliance for Solar Energy Research Institutes (GA-SERI)” convened a worldwide gathering of experts from Germany, Japan, the USA and beyond to discuss the future of photovoltaics (PV). With annual global PV installations reaching 60 GW in 2015, approaching global production capacity, 50 participants gathered in Freiburg Germany for the initial “GA-SERI Terawatt Workshop” which was supported by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU). Representatives from research institutes, industry and funding and financial organizations discussed the contributions of photovoltaics to energy security, prosperity and climate change mitigation and announced the transition to a new stage that will carry PV to the terawatt scale.