The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (FHISE) is Europe's biggest solar energy research institution and part of the Fraunhofer society, a nonprofit organization for applied research. The Institute is located in Freiburg, Germany. Fraunhofer ISE has a total number of approx. 1100 workers. The Institute develops components, materials and processes in the areas of the thermal use of solar energy, solar building, solar cells, electrical power supplies, chemical energy conversion, energy storage and the rational use of energy.
Fraunhofer ISE is certified according to DIN EN ISO9001:2000. Building and construction and residential applications represent major markets for the future from both an ecological and economic perspective. In close co-operation with manufacturers, Fraunhofer ISE develops new materials and procedures as well as integrated energy concepts for buildings. The work at the Institute ranges from the investigation of scientific and technological fundamentals for solar energy applications, the development of production technology and prototypes, to the construction of demonstration systems. The Institute plans, advises and provides knowhow and technical facilities and services. In the field of building concepts, simulations and building energy monitoring, Fraunhofer ISE develop customized alternatives and solutions, thus paving the way for "lean buildings". The institute offers both simple as well as complex calculating procedures. Its strengths are lighting simulation, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning analyses, detailed modelling of complex energy supply systems as well as the development of new tools and methods to optimize the building energy efficiency during its operation phase. The institute is continually working on the further development of our software to maintain a state-of-the-art status. Fraunhofer ISE is strongly committed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, to develop methods for the evaluation of buildings and to implement ambitious energy performance targets on a broad scale.
The Fraunhofer ISE has many years of experience in the field of building energy simulation and building monitoring. The Building Performance Optimization group developed several tools and methods as leader of European and German research projects like BuildingEQ, CASCADE, MODBEN or MODQS:
- to assess the impact of uncertain parameters on buildings energy performance simulations
- to optimize the operation of energy systems by identifying the most influential parameters
- to support the practical implementation of building monitoring with a customized data analysis framework allowing data processing and storage from different sensors/meters and enabling advanced visualizations and automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics of building services.
- to support the operation of complex buildings energy systems by the use of models
- to support Operation & Maintenance tasks through early Fault Detection and Diagnostics of common building energy systems
The Smart Cities group is developing modelling approaches for the simulation of energy scenarios at the district, city, regional and country level.