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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.

News | Media Coverage
Fraunhofer IWES: Weather Data-Based Offshore Planning Improves Rentability
Mar 05, 2015

Offshore activities entail many different planning chal-lenges – high weather risks, for example can hamper access to the construction site or prevent it altogether. Project delays due to spells of bad weather can quickly give rise to high additional costs that may put the financial viability of the project at risk. Taking the local weather and other relevant conditions into account is therefore a key factor for reliable cost, schedule and quality planning. Together with its partners Bugsier, DWD, HOCHTIEF, Munich RE and Wind MW, Fraunhofer IWES has developed the software tool “COAST” which correlates planned activities and weather data to estimate the probable realization. It is easily integrated into everyday´s routine.

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October 2014: Research in Focus – My energy consumption, my electricity bill, my urban lab
Oct 01, 2014

Our cities are currently undergoing rapid change, and in recent years, global trends such as shifts in climate or local structures have drastically altered urban design and planning. Germany in particular is making an intensive effort to whip all kinds of energy-inefficient buildings into shape. But now the focus is increasingly shifting away from the single residential or office building, school or museum and moving toward the energy efficiency and sustainability of the city as a whole. Politicians, researchers, and businesses plus the entire construction and real estate sector are all calling for the creation of sustainable urban districts.

The monthly rubric "Research in Focus" gives insights into the research of Fraunhofer IBP. In October Fraunhofer IBP takes a closer look at energy concepts for more sustainable cities and neighbourhoods.

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Press Releases
Fraunhofer ISE: Flexible and Functional – Prefabricated Façade Elements Simplify Building Renovation
Press Release
Mar 04, 2015

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have developed façade elements where the building’s heating, ventilation and sanitation systems are integrated into the thermal insulation panels of the building envelope. The multi-functional insulation boards and window elements can be implemented in new buildings as well as buildings undergoing renovation. The type of materials used and the integration technique can be combined according to the customer’s wishes. The prefabricated façade and window elements are the first results stemming from several research projects in which Fraunhofer ISE is involved. It has been shown that the use of these elements increases the building’s energy efficiency.

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Fraunhofer ISE: A+++ to G: Introduction of Energy Efficiency Label for Heating Systems and Thermal Storage Devices – Fraunhofer ISE Supports Companies with the Introduction of the EU Energy Label
Press Release
Mar 04, 2015

As of September 26, 2015, heating systems will have to bear an European Union energy label. The label, which already applies to refrigerators and washing machines, will now also be compulsory for heat pumps and heating systems with solar components. Before a product’s efficiency class can be determined, however, specific technical information is required. Although testing methods and guidelines for classifying appliances already exist, they do not apply to the entire spectrum of heating systems. This is because, in future, it is not only standard components that will be tested and compared, but also complex systems. Such testing methods can be implemented at the TestLab Solar Thermal Systems run by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. The laboratory also works within committees to create relevant standards for implementing the energy label in future.

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Fraunhofer ISE: Fraunhofer ISE Launches Platform elinkSOLUTIONS – New Web Service Offers Software Products in the Field of Energy Management
Press Release
Mar 04, 2015

On the new web platform elinkSOLUTIONS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems offers standardized software to assist clients in developing solutions for an efficient energy management of buildings and urban quarters. The first product available is called “schedSOL”. This program is used specifically to optimize the operational management of thermal-electric systems, e. g. co-generation plants with storage. Soon the program synPRO will be available online. This product allows the client to generate individualized load profiles for electricity and heat with high time resolution. The web service elinkSOLUTIONS is designed to assist energy suppliers, public utilities, grid and system operators as well as energy system developers. The product offer on the web platform is constantly being expanded.

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