Fraunhofer Energy Alliance

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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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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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Fraunhofer ISE: "Sustainability Summit" in Freiburg from October 13-14, 2014 – Former Solar Energy Conference Expands its Horizon
Sep 18, 2014

In terms of sustainability, the City of Freiburg in Breisgau holds a leading role internationally. Also within Freiburg’s research scene, sustainability topics form a connective link between the research at the five local Fraunhofer institutes, with over 2000 employees, and between their work with the University of Freiburg, with whom they cooperate. Sustainability in Freiburg involves both the sciences and social sciences and emphasizes that the transformation to a sustainable lifestyle not only requires technological solutions but also public acceptance and suitable legal and economic boundary conditions.

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Press Releases
Fraunhofer IKTS: 250 kW Fuel Cell Power Plant Supplies Federal Ministry of Education and Research With Power
Press Release
Dec 04, 2014

The new building captivates particularly through its innovative energy concept. Thanks to a fuel cell power plant as the heart of modern energy supply provided by the Dresden company FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH approximately 100.000 kWh of electrical power will be generated per year. Due to its sustainability and its efficiency, the newly constructed building complex of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research earned the highest reward level ‘gold’.

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Fraunhofer ISI: Energy Storage for Electric Mobility – Is Germany on its Way to Becoming a Lead Market and Lead Supplier?
Press Release
Nov 19, 2014

In a recent study, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI examined whether and to what extent Germany is on its way to becoming a lead market and lead supplier in the field of energy storage for electric mobility. According to the study, which was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany has narrowed the gap to the leading nations Japan and Korea, especially with regard to knowledge building in research organizations and industrial companies in the field of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. However, Germany has not yet succeeded in turning this knowledge into domestic battery cell production on a larger scale.

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Fraunhofer ISE: Solar Cell Contacts From Tubes – Innovative Fine Line Metallization Technology Promises Higher Efficiency Values
Press Release
Oct 16, 2014

Together with industrial partners MERCK, HERAEUS and ASYS, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have developed innovative new materials and contactless techniques for applying ultrafine, homogeneous contact fingers to solar cells. This ‘dispensing’ technology can be easily integrated into conventional silicon solar cell production lines where it replaces screen printing as the method of applying front side metallization: Consequently material usage is reduced, contact fingers are thinner and more of the semiconductor surface area is exposed to sunlight, which results in increased current collection and relative improvements in efficiency of around two percent. The new technology can also be used to optimize further production steps in solar cell manufacture.

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