The SEE team got together for breakfast to celebrate many things: colleague weddings, the arrival of babies, and of course, the program’s future!Read More
Intersolar Europe 2021 took place from 6-8 October in a great atmosphere. The Solar Energy Engineering team shared a booth with Fraunhofer ISE.Read More
She studied biology at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf and received her doctorate at the Institute for Zoophysiology from the same institution.Read More
“Climate Justice Now!” chants echoed in the lively streets of Freiburg on 24 September 2021 at the big climate strike where people of all ages were present.Read More
We’ll present our research before an audience at least once – if not multiple times. Read this article to learn how to convey your research topic effectively.Read More
Aline Kirsten Vidal de Oliveira and Kathlen Schneider are two of the co-founders of MESol. We talked about their careers and how they promote gender equality.Read More
Today, solar farms are mostly more than just solar farms - some are also a life source for bees. Read more to learn about this relatively young application!Read More
The University's detailed report shows the University of Freiburg's greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, waste, water management. And more!Read More
Becoming a solar energy professional is good for you and the planet. At any point in your life, you can turn to solar. But what can a solar career do for you?Read More
The senior project manager at Lightsource bp, Noemie, shares her renewable energy journey, spanning many time zones and three languages.Read More
Smart cities and a sustainable future require smart and sustainable solutions! Platio produces “walkable solar tiles mounted on recycled plastic paving slabs”.Read More
As education becomes more global and virtual, Penn State and Freiburg universities start a pilot virtual classroom project.Read More
After the last several busy months in the SEE’s team, another project came to life. Our new recording studio is running!Read More
The new laboratory building, namely, the “Center for High Efficiency Solar Cells”, is open as of April 2021. Find the brand new film portrait in the post!Read More
We move towards a climate-neutral future, which changes the way we source and use energy. Pirjo Jantunen talks about how city energy is implemented in Helsinki.Read More
David Jung works in Fraunhofer Chile at the Center for Solar Energy Technologies. He is currently running several field projects on agrivoltaics near Santiago.Read More
This week is a big deal for us! The last time our traditional Campus Phase took place in Freiburg was in Autumn 2019. Since then, our events have been online.Read More
Community-owned renewable energy gains popularity. For many communities, self-ownership of energy means independence, empowerment, and reliability of energy.Read More
Get your place in the sun and read this insightful interview we had with Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia from Brazil, the CEO of ABSOLAR.Read More
The first year of the decade began with the hopes of change, a change for better environment, climate policies, and justice.Read More
Apart from her BE, MBA, LLM degrees and holding a PhD title, perhaps “Batterywali of India” is the one that defines Dr Rashi Gupta the most clearly and fondly.Read More
Nick Harder is a PhD Student who studied Petroleum Engineering in his bachelor. Now he is working on Grid Integration at INATECH at the University of Freiburg.Read More
Solar Boat Twente wants to contribute to a sustainable future by designing and building an innovative solar boat and joining solar boat races.Read More
Country’s first private solar energy grid brings hope to a local community and wins acclaimed international Ashden Awards for Humanitarian Energy.Read More
We welcomed our new students from all over the world! The map shows their locations; we are thrilled to have such an international student profile.Read More
Electric vehicles are a key technology to reduce air pollution in densely populated areas and a promising option to contribute to energy diversification.Read More
In the second article of the series, Mr Wissenz dwells on how solar thermal energy brings many mitigation benefits as well as education opportunities.Read More
Solar Fire Concentration’s CEO, Eerik Wissenz, discusses the importance of innovative and ambitious business models related to new uses of solar energy.Read More
There are various methods to detect failures and defects in a PV system. This article explores the positive and negative aspects of these methods.Read More
Prepare for stories of light, power, and difference. This is a show about people, pride of place, centering voices from the margins in fun stories of light.Read More
PV Magazine has a new agenda: the UP initiative. Through the UP initiative, PV Magazine plans to discuss issues of sustainability in the PV world. #UPrisingRead More
Undoubtedly 2020 will go down in history as the year of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In this situation, how do we tackle a pandemic and ongoing climate crisis?Read More
Online or offline, distant, or close whichever exam you are preparing for, here are some quick tips that can help you prepare for an exam efficiently.Read More
If you are in academia, you probably want your research to generate positive impressions and have an influence on other researchers and possibly on the world.Read More
Back in June, Global Solar Council had a webinar about how to "build back better" with the contribution of solar energy in the post-COVID-19 world.Read More
"Of all integrated PV approaches, agricultural PV technology has the most significant potential," says FraunhoferISE Agrivoltaic project manager Mr. Steinhüser.Read More
We welcome Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich to our team. We are excited about sharing her vision and passion for sustainable energy!Read More
A woman of many talents, Filagot Tesfaye, was so kind as to answer our questions. She is a consultant, an engineer and example of working for one's community!Read More
The SEE department has just welcomed Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich as the co-director! She took over the position from Prof. Dr Leonhard Reindl after his retirement.Read More
Have you ever wondered where do solar panels go at the end of their useful life? To landfills, if it were not for pioneers like We Recycle Solar.Read More
A woman who has inspired many for more than 40 years, Monica is strongly influencing the energy transition as a maverick researcher and a tireless advocate.Read More
During a time when online training becomes more popular, here are five misconceptions you might have about online education and how to address them.Read More
In this short article, I present the highlights from three different reports about gender equity and representation in renewable energy sectors.Read More
Fraunhofer ISE’s report encompasses a great variety of solar engineering subjects which are all very important to the energy transition towards renewables.Read More
Whether it is to widen their range of skills or to specialize on a subject, or to get promoted, more and more professionals go back to studying.Read More
By complete coincidence, I watched a travel documentary by Turkish journalist Coşkun Aral. It was called “The Utopia of Clean Energy: Freiburg”. I was hooked!Read More
Ethical norms are so ubiquitous that one might be tempted to regard them as simple common sense; however, there are guidelines for responsible research.Read More
PV module manufacturers compete to increase the power generated per PV module under STC conditions; this is not only to meet the demand.Read More
In the solar energy sector, AI is now being used to help push solar PV toward grid parity in markets throughout the world through two complementary approaches.Read More
This interview is, however, a bit more personal. Philipp tells how he started to work in this industry; from its challenges and to rewarding experiences.Read More
Identifying failures and defects is the first step to keep a PV system in high-performance condition as a part of an Operation and Maintenance strategy.Read More
Our Graduation Ceremony took place in a wonderful atmosphere. Accomplishment, pride, comradeship, and joy were in the air.Read More
We are hosting our first Online Campus Phase due to the pandemic. Talks, conferences and time management workshops are just some of the activities.Read More
Interactive, real-time seminar on solar energy and other renewables courses at the German universities. The seminar is aimed at Chinese students.Read More
Spring has come, so has the opportunity to reunite with our fellow students, lecturers, and tutors. This week is packed with lectures, workshops and networking.Read More
For the 10th year of our program, expect a special edition of our Autumn Campus Phase. Keep an eye on this page and save the date!Read More
The event is offered to the students of the Online Master in Solar Energy Engineering during the Campus Phase in Freiburg.Read More
Finally, it is time for students, alumni, and Lecturers to get together again! A week full of presentations, lab visits, conferences, workshops and more.Read More
Africa’s Sahara desert is a prime location, some say, to build arrays of solar panels and wind turbines. But scientists are aware that building these structures can potentially have large-scale effects on the surrounding environment that are worth studying first.
The distance from an energy source to energy need is about to get a lot bigger. And the US is going to need more high-voltage transmission lines. A lot more. As soon as possible. While solar plants can be built relatively fast, high-voltage transmission projects can take up to 10 years. So experts say we need to start proactively building them, right now.
Lessons learned, and pathways needed to be explored & Bringing it All Together - An ISES Roadmap for the Next 50 Years. Speakers of the session: Dave Renné, Larry Kazmerski, Charlie Gay, Christine Lins, Lawrence Jones, Mike Eckhart and Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes.
Session 5 reviewed landmark changes in public support, policy development and financial markets that have advanced solar adoption and discusses future steps needed to enable 100% renewable energy world.
Session 4 provided overviews of solar thermal and other technologies to meet the heating requirements of industry and the heating and cooling requirements of communities and buildings.
Session 3 discussed policy, regulation and market tools required to efficiently accelerate a transition to a low emission, low cost and reliable highly electrified energy sector in developed and developing countries. It included a review of the tools and technologies required to manage future grids with high penetration VRE. How these grids will sector couple traditional electricity needs with those of transport and industrial processes and the role that hydrogen might play was also discussed. Speakers of the session: Monica Oliphant, Lawrence Jones, Rashi Gupta, Geoff Stapleton, Ed Smeloff and Mike Davidson.
Perspectives from research and industry provide an overview of the Technology Innovations that have spawned the energy transformation and explore what current and future RE technologies are likely to enable us to reach 100% as soon as possible. Speakers of the session: Eicke Weber, Fred Morse, Stefan Gsänger, Werner Weiss and Charlie Gay.
Perovskite solar cells are a remarkably cheap solar cell technology and have achieved remarkable growth since their inception a decade ago. They have the potential to revolutionize the energy harvesting market, with cheap, high-efficiency solar energy in the near future.
The International Solar Energy Society hosted it's SW 50 Conference and we want to share this great event with you. Session 1 highlighted major advancements and future visions and launched the SWC 50 virtual ISES Solar Energy Museum and the SWC50 celebratory booklet " The Century of Solar - Stories and Visions of Renewable Energy". Speakers of the session: Geoff Stapleton, Larry Kazmerski, Yogi Goswami, Klaus Vajen, Dave Renné, Gauri Singh, Paulo Frankl, Anna Skowron - all copyrights to ISES.org.
Solar energy in Morocco is transforming the renewable energy scene. One of the world’s biggest solar power plants is situated in Morocco. Watch this under-30-minute documentary to see how solar energy changes people's lives. The Morrocan entrepreneur Jaouad Ait Rebah installs solar panel's in the High Atlas Mountains - in the area’s picturesque, but remote villages.
Scientists are working not only to increase the efficiency of the solar panels, but they also work on inventing various ways that solar energy can be incorporated in various and easier uses. This video highlights five interesting and promising inventions that show the future of solar energy. Catch up with the latest solar innovations here!
The past year has had some really interesting advancements with perovskite and multijunction solar cells, which are going to have a big impact. Plus, the video explores how it might be possible to harvest power from shadows. Watch for interesting insights!
Wind turbines spinning in a field, solar panels on a rooftop...Creating a renewables-based energy future requires time, resources, and commitment. This video highlights the benefits and challenges facing a renewable energy system in the USA context.
The values of efficiency have been taken from NREL charts. The technologies covered include Dye sensitized, Thin -Film, Poly crystalline Silicon, Mono crystalline Silicon and Multijunction Solar cells. In addition to these, Perovskite and organic solar cell efficiencies have also been listed.
The sun delivers more energy to earth in one hour than all of humanity uses in an entire year. How can we make this power more accessible to everyone, everywhere? Solar designer Marjan van Aubel shows how she's turning everyday objects like tabletops and stained glass windows into elegant solar cells -- and shares her vision to make every surface a power station. (Thumbnail image by Mitch Payne)
Transforming buildings from energy consumers to energy suppliers? That is the vision of FraunhoferISE. Scientists and researchers explain how this can be achieved in this short yet informative video using the municipality building in Freiburg im Breisgau as an example.
The Earth intercepts a lot of solar power: 173,000 terawatts. That’s 10,000 times more power than the planet’s population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy? Richard Komp examines how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy.
The digital transformation is something that is happening to us, whether we like it or not. It brings with it a combination of technical and communication-related challenges, and must be implemented in an inclusive and sustainable manner. In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Barber, an engineer, leader and pioneer based in Switzerland, gives unique insights into the challenges related to a successful digital transformation of wind energy. Not only that, she also discusses some examples of innovative solutions being developed at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences and the Swiss Wind Energy R&D Network.
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Don’t miss out: 19th of July 2021 | 6:00 p.m. CEST | 1:00 p.m. (Sao Paulo) | 9.30 p.m. (New Delhi)
The European Union Delegation to the State of Kuwait, the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) are organizing a series of two virtual workshops on the net-zero energy buildings concepts. The aim of these workshops is to exchange relevant best practices, information and lessons learned and advance regional initiatives on the ZNE buildings principles in the context of energy transitions and climate change mitigation. More information and registration here.
Utility scale renewable energy sources (RES) are now connected to most power transmission grids in the world. As further decarbonisation goals are adopted, leading to increased RE generation, the impact on the steady-state behaviour of these networks becomes more challenging due to the operating characteristics of such generation. This online event discusses the challenges arising from intermittent and non-synchronous RE generation in maintaining transmission network stability and grid balancing. More information and registration here.
EAIF is a well-established political exchange and business event organised by ARE with local and regional partners - aimed at assisting the private and public sector to get up to speed on the latest developments in the off-grid sector and do business. More information here.
Happy Women's History Month! Let's celebrate women by taking a look back at our Women in Solar Energy (WISE) forum from SOLAR 20/20: Renewable Energy Vision.
The purpose of the WISE forum is to inspire women to become more technically involved in solar, not just peripheral to it. It’s easy for us to talk about what we do, but this isn’t a forum to just talk about our jobs, but about how we got where we are and the obstacles and barriers that we’ve come up against and broke through or just moved out of the way to continue on our path. Registration here.
Utility-scale PV in Europe is set for rapid growth in 2021. But with opportunities come challenges, and new large scale solar markets are emerging in new regions and countries. This geographical expansion can mean complications when it comes to grid connection requirements, supply chain management, and system design and construction. Join this special pv magazine Webinar to hear from market analysts, technologists, and project financiers, to learn how the new generation of solar project components can unlock 2021’s market opportunities. More information and registration here.
The renewable landscape in the Middle East and Africa is rapidly evolving, with investment increasing and several countries in the region becoming global front runners in renewable energy development. Over the course of the MEA Renewable Summit, experts from UL and industry-leading renewable energy organizations in the MEA region will explore how developers can tap into the potential of renewable energy and how stakeholders can mitigate risk as they work towards their sustainable energy targets. Detail and registration here.
In this pv magazine Webinar, we’ll take a closer look at Sungrow’s SG3125HV-30 central inverter, its ability to connect storage on the DC-side and, together with the Inaccess PPC/EMS, the litany of grid ancillary services – like voltage control, power frequency control, fault management and integration on weak grid algorithms. More information about speakers and registration here.
Fraunhofer IEE & ISE, the Universities of Kassel and Freiburg, together with Fraunhofer Academy, bring to you expertes in Agrivoltaics from Fraunhofer Chile to share with you their latest finds in this insightful webinar. More information and registration here.
This webinar will gather public and private sector stakeholders to discuss key opportunities and challenges faced by companies setting and implementing corporate renewable energy heating and cooling targets, including how policies can be designed to effectively encourage the use of renewable heating and cooling in industry. Discussions will highlight successful examples of companies that are transitioning to 100% renewable energy and have set ambitious renewable energy targets for their heating and cooling operations. More information and registration here.
The sessions in the Products Track will focus on energy efficiency in building-related products, specifically addressing the efficiency of appliances. Find more information and registration page here.
Utility scale solar developers are increasingly factoring in very long project lifetimes in their financial models. Given this, expectations for the durability of the components have never been higher. The mounting structure is literally the component on which the weight of these expectations rest – whether fixed tilt or single-axis tracker. But is the material from which the mounting structure is constructed built to last 25, 30 or even more years in the field?
The event will take place in a virtual setting from 18 to 21 January 2021. The sessions will be live-streamed on the IRENA Assembly Live webpage.
The speakers will reassess long-standing assumptions, perceived barriers and default decisions, and discuss the energy transition as an investment in our collective future. Details can be found here.
The webinar will provide a summary of the EU Market Outlook for Solar Power 2020-2024 with emphasis on:
Time: 11:00am CET, Duration: ca. 60 minutes, Free of charge - limited participation
More information and registration here.
The January Session of the VEF Virtual Series (12-13 January 2021) will focus on the importance of empowering women and youth to accelerate the clean energy transition. Registration and details can be found here.
The event will feature women and youth leaders who have broken through barriers and become actors of change in the road towards a clean and inclusive energy transition.
In this webinar, SolarPower Europe in collaboration with GET.invest – a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria – invite you to explore the opportunities and barriers for corporate sourcing of renewable electricity in Africa. We will bring together European and African experts to discuss how corporate PPAs in Africa could be supported on the regulatory, technical, and financial level. Registration and more information here.
This webinar is about how IT and business leaders, from companies of all sizes, can collaborate to dramatically shift the culture towards digital transformation from the bottom up. See speakers and register here.