Since 2014 Fraunhofer ISE maintains the Energy Charts portal (www.energy-charts.de) which displays current energy data visually in interactive graphs and diagrams. With just a few clicks, one can view illustrative diagrams that provide information about the share of renewable energies in the power supply in Germany. Prof. Bruno Burger is the initiator and developer of the Energy Charts. We spoke with him about the project and the newest developments. Read more
It is necessary to develop efficient and cost-effective forms of energy storage for the future energy system, so that the final demand for electricity, heat, cooling energy or mechanical energy can be met optimally. Fraunhofer ISE has been active for several decades in many diverse research areas: from chemical storage based on hydrogen and electrochemical storage such as lithium-ion batteries to thermal storage for cold and heat. Dr. Matthias Vetter, head of department Electrical Energy Storage, has given Innovation4E an insight into the above-named research areas.
The VDE institute organizes a series of talks and discussions in the field of Financial Dialogue for Storage Technologies at the conference Energy Storage Europe in Düsseldorf (16.03.2017). Participants amongst others: Matthias Vetter.
A photovoltaic module consists of many interconnected solar cells. One cannot say, however, that the module power is simply the sum of the individual cells. Power losses due to reflection, absorption or electrical losses come about in the integration process. These cell-to-module, or CTM, losses have a large effect on the subsequent module performance and can vary greatly depending on the type of solar cell, material or module design. We at Fraunhofer ISE have created a model based on different material parameters in order to calculate these variations. With SmartCalc.CTM, we have developed a software program that makes PV modules (even) more efficient.
On November 11, 2016 at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE honored Prof. Eicke R. Weber’s achievements at a scientific symposium on the global energy transformation. The talks presented at the Scientific Symposium on Research for the Energy Transformation have been published in two parts. The second part is now available on our blog consisting of talks by Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, Deputy Director Fraunhofer ISE, Dr. Norbert Pralle, Head of Research and Innovation, Ed. Züblin AG, and Thomas Speidel, president German Energy Storage Association (Bundesverband Energiespeicher BVES) and CEO ads-tec GmbH. (All talks are in German.)
On November 11, 2016 at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE honored Prof. Eicke R. Weber’s achievements at a scientific symposium on the global energy transformation. The talks presented at the Scientific Symposium on Research for the Energy Transformation will be published in two parts. This first part, consists talks by Dr. Dirk-Holger Neuhaus, Managing Director, Solar World Innovations GmbH; Prof. Rolf Brendel, Director of the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hameln (ISFH) and Prof. Dr. Lars Samuelson, Co-Director of the Nanometer Structure Consortium, Lund University. (With the exception of Samuelson, all talks are in German.)