Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning and Dr. Andreas Bett Assigned as Provisional Directors of Fraunhofer ISE – Appointment Procedure for Successor Not Yet Finalized

21.12.2016

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.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning und Dr. Andreas Bett
© Photo Fraunhofer ISE

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning (left) and Dr. Andreas Bett (right) have been appointed as provisional institute directors of Fraunhofer ISE as of January 1, 2017. Both have been serving as deputy director of Fraunhofer ISE simultaneously since July 2009.

Since July 2009 Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning has served as Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. He holds a professorship for “Technical Energy Systems” in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Hans-Martin Henning received his doctorate in physics from the University of Oldenburg in 1993 and has been working at Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg since 1994. His key area of research lies in building energy technology. In recent years, Prof. Dr. Henning has played a leading role in developing a simulation model to calculate complex energy systems. This has led to investigations on Germany’s future energy system that consider all relevant conversion technologies and end-user sectors.

Dr. Andreas Bett has also served as Deputy Director of Fraunhofer ISE with Prof. Henning since 2009. He received his doctorate in physics from the University of Constance and has been working at Fraunhofer ISE since 1986. His work of many years has been in the field of concentrator photovoltaics. His division “Materials – Solar Cells and Technology” at Fraunhofer ISE is among the leading research teams worldwide in this field. They presently hold the world record solar cell efficiency of 46% for solar conversion in the concentrator technology.

The outgoing Institute Director Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber will be moving on to assume new responsibilities as Director of the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore BEARS and shall be in charge of intensifying the research cooperation between the National University of Singapore NUS und the University of California, Berkeley.

The BEARS program deals with topics of renewable energy and energy efficiency in particular.

Dr. Andreas Bett ist ebenfalls seit Juli 2009 stellvertretender Leiter des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Solare Energiesysteme ISE. Andreas Bett promovierte 1992 an der Universität Konstanz in Physik und ist seit 1986 am Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg tätig. Er arbeitet seit vielen Jahren auf dem Gebiet der Konzentrator-Photovoltaik. Sein Bereich »Materialien – Solarzellen und Technologie« am Fraunhofer ISE zählt zu den führenden Forscherteams in diesem Bereich und hält mit dem in der Konzentrator-Technologie erreichten Wirkungsgrad von 46% den Weltrekord für die Konversion von Solarenergie in Strom.

Der bisherige Leiter des Fraunhofer ISE Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber wird 2017 eine neue Verantwortung als Leiter der Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore BEARS übernehmen, die intensive Forschungszusammenarbeit zwischen der National University of Singapore NUS und UC Berkeley organisiert. Das BEARS-Programm beschäftigt sich besonders mit Themen der erneuerbaren Energien und Energieeffizienz.