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Link: Bild zum Herunterladen For the second time in history a research organization is rewarded with the EARTO Innovation Prize. The prize honors research that has a high potential for future applications in economy and society. This year a team developing new solar cells receives the award.

»We are honored by the reward given to Fraunhofer,« states Prof. Ulrich Buller, member of the Fraunhofer Executive Board, who took the prize during the ceremony in Brussels. Currently 350 Research and Technology Organizations throughout Europe are members of the EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations.

The awarded research was done by a team of scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg. Dr. Andreas Bett and his colleagues developed concentrator solar cells with almost double the efficiency levels of conventional silicon-based cells. This was possible by stacking three different solar cells monolithically on top of each other, thus using almost the entire solar spectrum for energy production. The unique cells have established a new benchmark.

To read the full, original article click on this link: Fraunhofer is rewarded with the European Innovation Prize - Press Release 26.10.2010 – Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft