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  • Juan Francisco Martínez Sánchez, a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, received the Gips-Schüle Young Scientist Award this week for combining concentrator PV technology with a conventional silicon photovoltaic (PV) module. The decisive innovation is that the hybrid PV module uses not only direct sunlight, which is concentrated by lenses onto miniature concentrator solar cells no bigger than several millimeters in size, but also diffuse, or scatttered, sunlight thanks to silicon solar cells. With this innovative concept, a bifacial PV module was able to achieve a power output of 350 watts per square meter for the first time worldwide.

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  • Prototype of a liquid-cooled battery, for which PCM emulsions could be used
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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is co-signatory of an open letter regarding the REPowerEU plan to European policy makers and the media. Internationally active energy storage system associations and companies as well as international research institutions demand higher speed in the deployment of electrical energy storage.

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  • At the 14th International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (held May 23-25, Valencia, Spain and online), Özde Seyma Kabakli, doctoral student from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg was awarded a prize for the best poster. The conference chair honored her poster on the “Optimization of Serial Co-sputtered Indium-Zinc Oxide (IZO) Films for Perovskite Silicon Tandem Solar Cells”.

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  • The 40th edition of the International Energy Workshop (IEW), a leading conference for the international energy system modeling community, took place May 25 - 27, 2022 in Freiburg, Germany. It was hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. The experts discussed the challenges of the global, national and local transformation of the energy system and the contribution that energy modeling can make to its successful implementation.

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  • Representatives from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA), the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan), and other leading solar research institutes around the world, as well as international participants from academia and industry, discussed the implications of the multi-terawatt photovoltaics (PV) market at the 3rd Terawatt Workshop of the Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes (GA-SERI. Over 60 PV experts, along with experts from related R&D areas gathered from 12 countries in Freiburg, Germany on May 16–17, 2022.

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  • The transformation of the global energy system towards renewable energy is the key priority of our generation and enables independence from fossil energy carriers. Hydrogen and its derivatives such as methanol and ammonia will play a key role in this transformation process. The workshop “Perspectives on Power to Liquids (PtL) and Power to Chemicals” will bring together internationally reknowned stakeholders from politics, academia and industry. They will discuss, advance and highlight synergies between renewable power generation, H2 production and CO2 utilization, targeting at the production and utilization of sustainable energy carriers, fuels and chemicals. One focus will be on the development and applications of technologies and their products with respect to their relevance in different sectors and industries. Other important topics are the scale-up of PtX processes, the ramp-up of production and security of the energy supply. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE hosts the event in Freiburg, Germany on May 10th and 11th.

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  • The matrix shingle concept developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE arranges shingled solar cells offset from each other, like bricks in a masonry wall. As part of a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, the company M10 Industries AG and the research institute Fraunhofer ISE have developed a stringer system for interconnecting such modules, which is now entering series production. Visitors to Intersolar Europe can view the matrix shingle modules manufactured on this system at the booths of Fraunhofer ISE (A1.540) and of M10 Solar Equipment GmbH (A3.260).

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  • In a world of environmental and economic constraints, energy modeling is an increasingly important tool for addressing the complexity of energy planning and policy making. The 40th edition of the International Energy Workshop (IEW), a leading conference for the international energy modeling community, will take place from May 25 to 27, 2022 in Freiburg, Germany. It will be hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. Early Bird tickets can be purchased until April 15.

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