Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

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Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Organisation Introduction

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany is the largest solar research institute in Europe. With a staff of about 1400, we are committed to promoting a sustainable, economic, secure and socially just energy supply system based on renewable energy sources. We contribute to this through our main research areas of energy provision, energy distribution, energy storage and energy utilization. Through outstanding research results, successful industrial projects, spin-off companies and global collaborations, we are shaping the sustainable transformation of the energy system. For this purpose, we have an excellent laboratory infrastructure at our disposal. In addition, we perform analyses, carry out studies, provide consultations and offer our clients testing and certification procedures. Fraunhofer ISE is certified according to the quality management standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2015.


The Pilatus project allows us to use our expertise in the field of renewable energy, and specifically photovoltaic module design and reliability testing, to partner up with experts from all over Europe to develop sustainable solutions for energy generation. The interdisciplinary collaboration and fruitful scientific exchange will thereby be invaluable both to assure to reach the project goals as well as to deepen our understanding of the future technologies that will be developed in the project.

What in PILATUS?

Fraunhofer ISE will contribute to the development in two ways:

  1. By improving the shading resistance developed roof-tiles with integrated bypass diodes.
  2. By demonstrating the maturity and reliability of the developed PV modules in standardized reliability tests for certification.
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“The PILATUS project allows us to continually deliver excellence and durability of next-gen technologies developed in cooperation with our partners from academia and industry.”

Project progress

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Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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