Fraunhofer Energy Alliance

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The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance is the portal to the research program and service offer of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the fields of energy technology and energy industry.

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The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance is the portal to the research program and service offer of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the fields of energy technology and energy industry.

In order to develop products for its customers which have particularly high investment security, future-orientation and competitive strength, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has pooled its competencies in the field of energy. More than 2,000 employees combine their expert knowledge at the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance, one of the largest energy research organizations in Europe.

Fields of research include digitization of the energy world, renewable energy sources, energy systems analyses and energy storage technologies as well as energy efficiency technologies and components for buildings, districts and cities.

With the specialized knowledge and expertise of the 18 member institutes in Germany and the USA, the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance globally offers comprehensive services from one source.

Small and medium-sized companies as well as general industry and the energy industry are given access to a wide spectrum of research and development possibilities in order to be successful with innovative products and to acquire new markets. The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance also provides this expertise in its function as a consultant to political and societal players and institutions.

All our activities focus on the objective of achieving sustainable, secure, economical and socially responsible energy supplies.


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News from our member institutes can be found in the press releases and latest news. Annual reports and brochures are also available to download.


Smart buildings through innovative membrane roofs and façades

The Cooperative Research Project FLEX-G under the coordination of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP started on June 1, 2017 under the federal construction technology initiative named ENERGIEWENDEBAUEN funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi, funding reference 03ET1470A). The main goal of the research project is to investigate technologies for the manufacturing of translucent and transparent membrane roof and façade elements with integrated optoelectronic components. The focus lies on a switchable total energy transmittance (often referred to as the solar factor or solar heat gain, and “g-value” in Europe) and on flexible solar cell integration to significantly contribute to both energy saving and power generation in buildings.

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Virtual technology center for efficient solar cells

Linking up systems to a virtual network in order to make solar cell production in Baden Württemberg more efficient – this was the aim of the “InES” research project. With a cloud infrastructure developed by Fraunhofer IPA and both mobile and browser-based applications, the consortium is now able to share the use of machines at different sites. Remote monitoring of processes and automated test data transfers were also implemented.

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Electric mobility: Opportunities for the business location Germany

Against the background of the debate about the future of the combustion engine in Germany and the proposed ban on conventional cars in France and Britain the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI publishes an analysis of possible economic impacts of the change towards electric mobility. While the most recently published study of the Munich based ifo Institute for Economic Research points out the potential negative economic consequences of cars with a combustion engine the experts of Fraunhofer ISI definitely see opportunities and potential for positive impacts for jobs and value added for the business location Germany in the transition from conventional cars to electric vehicles. However, for this to happen the change must be implemented actively.

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The Most Energy-Efficient Utilities Are in Massachusetts

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has published its first energy efficiency scorecard for utilities and has found “striking regional differences” across the U.S. Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts top the list with the same score, followed by Pacific Gas & Electric (2nd place), Baltimore Gas & Electric (3rd), and Eversource Connecticut (4th).

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Our members regularly present their research results at trade fairs, conferences, symposia and in workshops. Learn more about our activities...



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