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Plug and Play Kicks Off Hydrogen-Focused Startup Accelerators

Plug and Play is a global innovation platform that aims to build an ecosystem where game-changing startups meet the world’s leading corporations

13-Jun-2022

Plug and Play Tech Center announced a new initiative focused on hydrogen by launching the H2 Startup Accelerator program. It’s one of the world’s first hydrogen-centric startup accelerator programs that will initially be operated out of Hamburg with support of Fraunhofer ISE and Fraunhofer ...

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Mobile test stand for high-resolution Power-to-X kinetic analysis

Time and spatially resolved insight into the reactor

23-Mar-2022

The conversion of renewable power into chemical energy sources through so-called Power-to-X processes is taking on an increasingly important role in Germany’s energy transition. As long-term, easy-to-transport, high-capacity energy sources, PtX maximize the potential of renewable energy and ...

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PERC Solar Cells from 100 Percent Recycled Silicon

10-Feb-2022

Around ten thousand tons of silicon in discarded photovoltaic modules end up on the recycling market annually in Germany. This figure will rise to several hundred thousand tons per year by 2029. Currently, the aluminum, glass and copper of the discarded modules are reprocessed, however, the ...

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New Record Efficiency for Tandem Solar Cell Technology

12-Aug-2020

In the field of photovoltaics, intensive research is being carried out to continually improve solar cell efficiency. Increasingly, the focus is on tandem photovoltaics, in which high-performance solar cell materials are brought together in various combinations in order to use the solar spectrum ...

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A Glimpse into Real-Time Methanol Synthesis

Dynamic Operation of a Miniplant at Fraunhofer ISE

11-May-2020

Methanol will gain importance as a chemical energy carrier in the course of the energy transformation. As part of the "Power-to-Methanol – Green Methanol" project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE successfully commissioned a miniplant for methanol synthesis –the production of ...

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Two Records for the Efficiency of Silicon-Based Monolithic Triple-Junction Solar Cells

02-Sep-2019

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have once again succeeded in raising the efficiency value of monolithic triple-junction solar cells made of silicon and III-V semiconductor materials. Using a combination of multiple absorber materials, these multi-junction ...

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Tandem Solar Cells – Record Efficiency for Silicon-based Multi-junction Solar Cell

09-Jan-2019

Silicon solar cells dominate the photovoltaic market today but the technology approaches the theoretical maximum efficiency that can be achieved with silicon as the only absorber material. Tandem solar cells, on the other hand, combine several absorber materials, enabling a better energetic use ...

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Concentrator Photovoltaics Shows Peak Performance – Module Efficiency Reaches 41.4 %

26-Nov-2018

Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) has by far achieved the highest efficiency for the conversion of sunlight into electricity. The basis for this latest achievement lies in the special multi-junction solar cells as well as the perfect interplay between the cell and the module optics. In the ...

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New record: Multi-junction solar cell converts one-third of the sunlight into electricity

06-Apr-2018

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with the company EV Group (EVG) have developed a new silicon-based multi-junction solar cell, which can convert exactly one-third of the incident sunlight into useful electricity. Silicon solar cells dominate the ...

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Photovoltaics and Photosynthesis

Pilot plant at Lake Constance combines electricity and crop production

21-Sep-2016

In 1981, an article by Prof. Adolf Goetzberger titled "Potatoes under the Collector" was published in the German magazine “Sonnenenergie”. The article proposed a particularly favorable setup for solar energy systems in combination with agricultural land use. After smoldering on the backburner for ...

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