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.)
In our series “An Espresso with …” we regularly carry out interviews with engaging people from the field of renewable energy. In this first episode, we met with Christian Honeker, Ph. D., Senior Technical Staff, PV Technologies at Fraunhofer CSE. The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE is the daughter institute of Fraunhofer ISE and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. In the context of the recent US elections, it is interesting to hear what Dr. Honeker would do if he were the US Secretary of Energy or why “Plug and Play” was the most exciting project of his career up to now …
The interview was conducted by: Simone Ringelstein | Redaktion: Innovation4E | Fraunhofer ISE
Just after the end of the summer holidays, many people have happy memories of their beach holiday. For the local population, however, seawater unfortunately often doesn’t mean enough water. At least not water that is suitable for use by people. Salt, pollutants and wastewater make this raw material that is essential to life impure. Researchers at Fraunhofer ISE – including myself – have been working for many years to develop innovative methods for solar water treatment.