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  • interactive power plant map
    © Photo Fraunhofer ISE

    The Energy Charts, compiled by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, are the most detailed database for energy and market data on power generation in Germany and thus an important source for journalists and decision-makers. The interpretation of the data and graphics, however, is to some extent complex. A current project of Fraunhofer ISE is to improve the display of data and graphics in order to make them easier to use for journalists. Other users of the site will also profit from these improvements.

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  • Prof. Frank Dinter
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    Prof. Frank Dinter became the new director of the Fraunhofer Chile Research Center for Solar Energy Technologies CSET in Santiago de Chile on 13th February. For the past four years, Dinter, who has a background in mechanical engineering, served as Professor for Concentrating Solar Thermal Power at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa as well as Director of the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG). Previously he worked for more than 20 years in industry; five of which he was Director of Solar Energy at RWE Energy.

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  • Thermal imaging camera
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    Benjamin Knödler, project manager and employee of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE was in Bolivia on behalf of the GIZ, a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work. Together with Georg Hille, a former employee of Fraunhofer ISE, Knödler gave training courses on photovoltaic (PV) systems within the program “Programas de Energia Renovables.”

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  • EpiWafer production facility
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    NexWafe GmbH is commercializing a technology developed at Fraunhofer ISE for epitaxial fabrication of silicon wafers for photovoltaics. Today the company the completion of Euro 8 million financing. The round was led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) and included Green Gateway Fund 2 (GGF2) advised by Wermuth Asset Management GmbH (WAM) and existing investor Lynwood (Schweiz) AG. Funds will be used for the commissioning of NexWafe’s 5MW wafer production line in Freiburg, and for initial customer qualifications.

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  • multi-junction solar cell
    © Photo Fraunhofer ISE

    This year the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE premiered a multi-junction solar cell made of III-V and silicon semiconductor materials. The novel solar cell converts a record 31.3 percent of sunlight into electricity. To compare, the best silicon solar cell has an efficiency of 26.7 %. As of today, the project is in the race for the GreenTec Award 2018.

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  • Blue Inductive
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    In this year’s business plan competition “CyberOne Hightech Award Baden-Wuerttemberg 2017,” the Freiburg start-up Blue Inductive was awarded first prize in the area of industrial technology. The prize is endowed with 10,000 euros. Founded in 2016 as a spin-off company of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, the start-up develops wireless charging systems for batteries in mobile transport systems.

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  • SmartCalc.CTM
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    The software SmartCalc.CTM, developed by Fraunhofer ISE to efficiently optimize photovoltaic modules, is now available as a free demo version. The software analyzes the cell-to-module losses (CTM) based on the material parameters and measurement data.

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  • Kumar Abhishek
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    Since the beginning of November, Kumar Abhishek is working as a guest scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE as a German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, the mentor of the young energy process engineer from India, met Kumar several years ago during a research project in India. “Kumar Abhishek worked both in an Indian company that cooperates with Fraunhofer as well as in the Indian Ministry for Renewable Energy. His fellowship is not only a chance for him personally but also for Fraunhofer ISE. He is a perfect candidate for strengthening the existing contacts and working relationships of the Institute with Indian partners,” explains Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, Group Leader of Group Leader of Smart Energy Cities, Quarter Concepts and Heat Grids at Fraunhofer ISE.

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  • Green Talents Awards
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    Leading young scientists from 21 countries visited the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg on October 17. The 25 winners of the "Green Talents Award" were informed about the research interests of Fraunhofer ISE and the Institute for Sustainable Technical Systems at the University of Freiburg. The group visited laboratories and the university campus, and met with Fraunhofer ISE scientists.

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  • Rok Kimovec
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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems won two awards as part of the 33rd European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), the world’s largest conference dedicated to the topic of photovoltaics.

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  • Erneuerbare Wärme entlang der Donau ist Thema des Projekts »DanubeHEAT«.
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    In June 2017 a kick-off event was held at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems to establish a network of countries bordering the Danube. The initiated project, called “DanubeHEAT” and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), aims to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency in the heat sector in the Danube region. The project themes will be promoted with the support of small and medium companies (SMEs), universities, schools, research institutes and city administrations from the partner countries. In November 2017, all partners will be meeting at workshops held in Croatia and Romania. To complete the network, Fraunhofer ISE is searching for a German industry partner.

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  • Photovoltaic power plant
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    The growth of solar energy has been grossly underestimated in the results of the models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Costs have dropped and infrastructures expanded much faster than even the most optimistic models had assumed.

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  • BC-BJ solar cell
    © Photo Fraunhofer ISE/Bernd Lammel

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is collaborating with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) to organize the 8th Back Contact Workshop, which will be held in Freiburg from November 21–22, 2017. The workshop focuses on back contact technology for solar cells and modules. This technology involves fitting the contacts entirely on the rear side of the solar cells in order to improve sunlight absorption on the front side.

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  • © Photo University of Freiburg/srp.

    The part-time and online study program provides a great opportunity to gain insights into the science and technology of solar energy. The program, which replaced the successful "Master Online Photovoltaics" last year is now running in its second year and offers a wide variety of subjects from solar cell technologies, photovoltaic systems and grids to solar thermal systems.

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  • membrane distillation
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    To secure water availability on an economic and ecological level, the importance of reusing community and industrial wastewater and process fluids is becoming more and more evident. The cooperative project “Treatment of Concentrates from Wastewater Recycling Processes,” or HighCon for short, aims to develop innovative, multi-step selective processes that allow the generated concentrates to be almost fully reused.

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