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European Trio Working On Solar Canopy For Highways

September 5th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

A trio of technology leaders in Europe — the Austrian Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer ISE in Germany, and Forster Industrietechnik in Switzerland — is working to develop a solar canopy system for highways in order to tap into the vast, under-utilized road network for clean electricity generation

Some Plug-In Hybrids Can Cut Emissions As Much As Pure Electrics

December 11th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

A joint study by the highly respected Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research finds that plug-in hybrid cars with at least 36 miles of electric-only range (think Chevy Volt) are just as good at keeping carbon emissions out of the atmosphere as pure battery electric cars (think Chevy Bolt)

Fraunhofer Breaks World Record For Multicrystalline Silicon Cells

October 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

With its newest solar cell, German research organization Fraunhofer has managed to exceed the world record for multicrystalline silicon cells. The new cells convert an impressive 22.3% of incident solar energy into electricity, and the researchers think that the limits have not yet been reached.

How Efficient Will Solar PV Be In The Future? 10-Year Predictions For The Industry

August 15th, 2017 | by Ricky Dunbar

If you were to walk into a solar store and purchase some of their best-selling PV panels, it is likely that their solar irradiance-to-electricity conversion efficiency would be around 17%. This is the typical efficiency (Fraunhofer ISE Photovoltaics Report, 2017) of the top-selling PV product, a multi-crystalline silicon panel. This means that for a typical panel, 17% of all incident solar energy is converted directly to usable electricity. This is quite impressive for a device that has no moving parts and can generate power at the location where the electricity is required (no transmission losses). It is no wonder that PV is already one of the cheapest power technologies available

Ceramic Battery From Fraunhofer Shows Promise For Increasing EV Range … Maybe

May 5th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems in Dresden, Germany, says it has developed new technology in the lab that could increase electric car range to 1,000 kilometers or more. The secret? More batteries in the same space. Ceramics play a large part in the process. In a conventional battery pack, the individual battery cells are surrounded by a separate outer casing. All those casings take up half of the space inside each battery pack. The connections to each cell are points where electrical resistance is high, reducing available power

Fraunhofer Experiments With Simple Hydro Energy Storage Concept

November 23rd, 2016 | by Guest Contributor

Fraunhofer has started an experiment with a new idea. According to Georg Küffner writing at FAZ, they built a sphere with concrete, diameter of three meters. Then they immersed that into the Bodensee lake. The idea is to have a large sphere at the bottom of some lake or ocean and use that as the lower reservoir of pumped storage

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