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With a staff of 1150, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe. Fraunhofer ISE is committed to promoting sustainable, economic, safe and socially just energy supply systems based on renewable energies. Its research provides the technological foundations for supplying energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialized, threshold and developing countries throughout the world. Focusing on energy efficiency, energy conversion, energy distribution and energy storage, the Institute develops materials, components, systems and processes in five business areas and offers accredited testing facilities and other expert lab services to clients. The Institute is a member of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe's largest application-oriented research organization.
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26 Nov

Record-breaking solar cells get ready for mass production

Sandwiching an oxygen-rich layer of silicon between a solar cell and its metal contact has allowed researchers in Europe to break performance records for the efficiency with which silicon solar cells convert sunlight into electricity. But the challenge now is how to make these so-called passivating contacts suitable for mass production.
26 Jun

Heliatek GmbH

17 May

Fraunhofer ISE

Update from the IDTechEx Show! Berlin 2018.
17 May

Increasing silicon photovoltaic efficiency

At ICREN Barcelona, April 2018, Dr Wilhelm Warta (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE) noted that reducing the cost of electricity from PV calls for increasing the conversion efficiency of solar cells.
12 Apr

Silicon/Graphite Composite Materials As Anode For 3D Printed Lithium-ion Microbatteries

Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
17 Apr

Imec and Solliance's perovskite PV modules achieve 12.4%

The module efficiency was measured under long-term maximum power point tracking, testifying to its exceptional stability.
11 Mar

Seven patents to develop cheaper lighting and flexible solar cells

n November 2012, the TREASORES project (Transparent Electrodes for Large Area Large Scale Production of Organic Optoelectronic Devices) started with the aim of developing technologies to dramatically reduce the production costs of organic electronic devices such as solar cells and LED lighting panels.
22 Sep

New world record for both sides-contacted silicon solar cells

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has set a new efficiency record for silicon solar cells.
20 Jul

Global electricity storage market for renewables

International and national assessments of the global electricity storage market have been hindered by uncertainty about which technologies and market segments to include. A central question for this roadmap is whether storage is used to support the integration of renewables or for other purposes.
26 May

Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1%

Researchers have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1% on nanostructured silicon solar cells.
31 Oct

Collaboration in roll to roll production of large area flexible PVs

Flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells over 6m long and 50cm wide have been produced by a recent pan European collaborative research and development project named "FabriGen".
13 Oct

Printable electronics material for PV cells

Teijin Limited has announced that it has developed the world's first printable electronics material, named NanoGram® Si paste, and related processing technologies, for the local back surface field photovoltaic cell capable of high conversion efficiency.
3 Jun


13 May

PERC silicon solar cells achieve world record efficiency

The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) increases the conversion efficiency of industrial p-type silicon solar cells with screen-printed metal contacts from today's typical 17.5% to 19.5% to a record value of 21.2%.
26 Sep

World record solar cell with 44.7% efficiency

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin jointly announced having achieved a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells.
10 Apr

Record efficiency for black silicon solar cells

Scientists at Aalto University, Finland and Fraunhofer ISE, Germany report an efficiency of 18.7% for black silicon solar cells, the highest efficiency reported so far for a black silicon solar cell.
12 Jul

Imec's industrial-level silicon solar cells exceed 20% efficiency

Imec's proprietary PERC process maximizes the conversion efficiency of the cell through structure and material optimizations while maintaining cost effective device concepts and processing.
13 Jun

Imec and Kaneka achieve breakthrough

Kaneka and imec report a large area (6 inch semi-square) heterojunction silicon solar cell with a certified power conversion efficiency of 22.68%(*) with an electroplated copper contact grid on top of the transparent conductive oxide layer.
15 Mar

Running cars on sun and water

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems inaugurated a solar hydrogen filling station.
21 Feb

Organic Photovoltaics Progress at Heliatek

Heliatek GmbH is the only company in the photovoltaics sector producing modules based on vacuum-deposited small molecules.