Energy

Silicon layers produced by HWCVD for a heterostructure solar cell.
© Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg
Silicon layers produced by HWCVD for a heterostructure solar cell.

Efficient technologies are the key to a successful energy transition

The de-fossilisation of society and the economy requires a consistent transition towards the integration of renewable energy technologies. However, this can only succeed by developing innovative technologies for energy generation, conversion and storage that are even more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Digitalization is supporting this transition by making it possible to intelligently network complex systems, such as producer networks, energy grids or industrial and private energy consumers

From photovoltaics to batteries to hydrogen - Fraunhofer IST develops innovative solutions for the energy sector

At Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST), we actively collaborate in order to advance energy research in a wide range of areas. Our main focus is on the development of innovative and sustainable battery technologies based on solid electrolytes (All-Solid-State Batteries - ASSB) and recyclable raw materials. In addition to battery production, we also focus on the development of efficient recycling techniques in order to close the material loop. In the field of photovoltaics, we ensure ever greater efficiency of solar cells with the development of functional coatings and s layer systems produced by means of new and industrially established processes. We are also involved in developing hydrogen technologies that are market-ready by optimizing coating systems for components such as electrolysers, fuel cells or hydrogen tanks. Furthermore, we solve systemic problems such as industrial hydrogen supply and the implementation of sector coupling. Together with strong partners from industry and science; the Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems (ZESS), the Battery LabFactory Braunschweig (BLB), the Hydrogen Campus Salzgitter and the Open Hybrid LabFactory (OHLF), we drive energy research forward. Jointly we find solutions and we would be happy to advise you!

Our main focuses and expertise

 

Expertise

Process and production engineering for sustainable energy storage

 

Expertise

Nanomaterials for the energy revolution

Further information

 

From research

Sustainable hydrogen from sunlight

 

From research

Hydrogen separation membrane