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The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance is the portal to the research and service activities of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the fields of energy technology and the energy economy.

Together with industry, we strive to further expand the technological lead that Germany holds in the efficient use of energy and in the development of renewable energy sources. Through the Fraunhofer Alliance Energy, small and medium-sized companies, but also policy makers and the solar industry gain an easier access to the qualifications and expertise of the Fraunhofer Institutes.

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Fraunhofer ISE: “Virtual Lab” Specializes in Ultra-High Efficiency Solar Cells from Europe CEA Tech and Fraunhofer ISE Strengthen their Cooperation
Jun 24, 2015

Germany and France are European leaders in the fields of semiconductor technology and solar cell research. In order to strengthen the already existing collaboration between the CEA’s technological research unit, CEA Tech in Grenoble and Chambery, France and the German Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, the two partners have concluded a collaboration agreement to create a common “Virtual Lab”. With this lab, Fraunhofer ISE and CEA Tech intend to combine forces in near-industry research to further develop high efficiency multi-junction solar cells, educate young scientists and work together to develop prototypes of next generation ultra-high efficiency solar cells. The launch of the joint lab officially began in May 2015 with the signing of the collaboration agreement.

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Fraunhofer ISE: Towards the Sun – Solar Energy Research Center Officially Opened in Santiago de Chile
May 29, 2015

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is investing in a new solar research center in South America. The aim of the new Fraunhofer Center for Solar Energy Technologies, founded by the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation and located in Santiago de Chile, is to better exploit the solar energy potential in the sun-rich country, thereby reducing the dependence on fossil fuels. With particular emphasis on regional implementation, the focus shall be on the further development of solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies and applications with partners from research and industry. Scientists from the Fraunhofer Chile Research Center for Solar Energy Technologies (FCR-CSET), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile will together perform research on electricity and heat production using solar energy. Now the new research center for solar energy was inaugurated in the presence of the Chilean undersecretary of Energy Jimena Jara.

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Press Releases
Fraunhofer ISE: Fit for the Energy System of the Future – European Grid Project Team Presents Planning Tool for the Distribution Grid
Press Release
Jun 23, 2015

Due to the rising penetration of photovoltaics, heat pumps and electric vehicles (EV) in the power distribution grid, the requirements for grid flexibility and stability are increasing. Just how existing power grids can be made fit for the future was the topic of a cooperative German, Danish and Dutch project in which the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE was involved. Over a period of three years, the project partners from research and industry took well-proven techno-economic modelling and optimization tools and implemented them into the new NEMO tool suite. This forward-looking tool prepares the distribution grid for the energy system of the future, by predicting the interaction between decentralized suppliers and consumers in realistic future scenarios. After the test phase was successfully completed in all three countries, a workshop was held to present the capabilities and advantages of this new tool to distribution and transmission grid operators as well as associations, grid service providers and system operators.

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Fraunhofer ISE: TestLab Power Eletronics at Fraunhofer ISE Accredited by DAkkS – Certified Testing Services Offered in Accordance with International Guidelines
Press Release
Jun 03, 2015

As the capacity of renewable energy continues to expand, controls for public grids need to adapt and become more dynamic. This also increases the requirements on the electrical properties of the power electronics connected to the grid. To ensure the reliability of power electronics in this context, Fraunhofer ISE has been carrying out tests in accordance with different standards and guidelines for many years. Since the end of April, the TestLab Power Electronics is accredited by Germany’s national accreditation body (DAkkS) and now offers an even wider range of testing services to its customers than before. With the accreditation, Fraunhofer ISE expands its strong international reputation as one of the leading power electronics laboratories worldwide.

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Fraunhofer IGB: Simple Method of Binding Pollutants in Water
Press Release
Mar 24, 2015

New types of membrane adsorbers remove unwanted particles from water and also, at the same time, dissolved substances such as the hormonally active bis-phenol A or toxic lead. To do this, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB imbed selective adsorber particles in filtration membranes. From 24th to 27th March 2015, the IGB presents the membrane adsorbers and other innovative technologies for water treatment at the “Wasser Berlin International” Trade Fair and Congress. The Fraunhofer IGB is in Hall 2.2, Booth 422.

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