Germany, Fukushima in PV link

Germany’s renowned Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute and the prefecture of Fukushima have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote close co-operation after the opening in April of the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute.

At the core of the co-operation between the Freiburg-based institute and Fukushima will be scientific exchanges as well as joint workshops and symposiums.

“Applied research is a key factor in the technological development of companies, especially in the field of renewable energy,” says Fukushima vice governor Fumio Murata.

“It will assist in revitalizing and enhancing the industrial competitiveness in the Fukushima area.”

Fraunhofer ISE director Eicke Weber stressed that solar technologies will be a main pillar of the future energy system, which will be sustainable and carbon-free.

“To this end, we must cooperate in research at an international level,“ Weber said.

Two years ago, Fraunhofer ISE had already formed the Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes GA-SERI with the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology AIST and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL.