With a staff of 1,300, Fraunhofer ISE is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe. The work at the institute ranges from the investigation of scientific and technological fundamentals for solar energy applications, through the development of production technology and prototypes, to the construction of demonstration systems.
Furthermore, it conducts research on the technology needed to supply energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialised, threshold and developing countries. To this purpose, staff is committed in the following business areas: Energy-Efficient Buildings, Applied Optics and Functional Surfaces, Silicon Photovoltaics, Alternative Photovoltaic Technology, Renewable Power Generation, Hydrogen Technology and Solar Thermal Technology.
Therefore, Fraunhofer ISE works hand in hand with other institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, collaborating in groups and alliances or pooling different skills in flexible structures as and when needed. In this context, Fraunhofer ISE is the headquarter of Fraunhofer Energy Alliance, an association of 18 Fraunhofer Institutes collaborating in the research for wide-spread sustainable energy supply. Another example is the project "Morgenstadt" where a carbon neutral city of the future is developed.