Press Releases 2019

  • Prof. Eicke R. Weber receives the Visionary Influencers Lifetime Achievement Award
    © Solar Business Club

    Freiburg/Abu Dhabi (January 16, 2019) Prof. Eicke R. Weber, former director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Vice President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) has been awarded the SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY Visionary Influencer Award 2019 in the category Yearly Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Prof. Weber during the 3rd Black-Tie Gala Abu Dhabi on the occasion of the 3rd SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY World Annual Forum in Abu Dhabi last night, on January 15, 2019.

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  • Press Release #3 / 2019

    Fraunhofer ISE at the BAU 2019 in Munich


    Colored samples of BIPV
    © Fraunhofer ISE

    Digitalization, climate change, resource scarcity and housing shortages are top challenges requiring innovative and sustainable solutions, also from the building industry. The member institutes of the Fraunhofer Building Alliance are performing visionary research to find interdisciplinary solutions and systems for the living spaces of the future. With a special show at the BAU 2019 (14-19 January 2019 in Munich), the Fraunhofer Alliance is presenting innovative products and system solutions from their building research. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE will display innovative and sustainable solutions at a special show in Hall C2, Booth 528.

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  • Pilot process to apply an electrically conductive adhesive to shingled cells
    © Fraunhofer ISE

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg has developed a special adhesive process to interconnect silicon solar cells for the industrial production of shingle modules. The market demand for shingle modules is rising rapidly due to their high efficiency and pleasing aesthetics. The cell stringer at Fraunhofer ISE is unique in Germany. It offers a wide range of possibilities for the prototype production of this highly efficient module.

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  • Solar cell made of silicon and III-V semiconductor materials
    © Fraunhofer ISE/ A. Wekkeli

    Silicon solar cells dominate the photovoltaic market today but the technology approaches the theoretical maximum efficiency that can be achieved with silicon as the only absorber material. Tandem solar cells, on the other hand, combine several absorber materials, enabling a better energetic use of the solar irradiance spectrum. Due to their higher efficiency potential, tandem solar cells have a promising future. After intensive research, scientists at Fraunhofer ISE in cooperation with partners have achieved a new efficiency record of 22.3 percent for a multi-junction solar cell made of silicon and III-V semiconductor materials. The outstanding achievement is that the III-V layers were directly grown on the silicon.

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