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  • EpiWafer production facility
    © Photo NexWafe

    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
    © Photo Fraunhofer ISE

    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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