Fraunhofer Chile Research

Fraunhofer Chile Research (FCR) was established in Chile in 2010, as the first of the research institutions of Corfo's Programme for the Attraction of International Centres of Excellence. Since January 2021, it has been under the auspices of the National Agency for Research and Development (ANID).    

Its Center for Solar Energy Technologies (FCR CSET) is part of the 15 independent international affiliated centres of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany), the largest applied science organisation in Europe.  

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Germany, is the world's leading application-oriented research organisation. With its focus on future-relevant key technologies and the utilisation of the results in business and industry, it plays a central role in the innovation process. As a guide and source of inspiration for innovative developments and scientific excellence, it helps shape our society and our future. Founded in 1949, the organisation currently operates 76 institutes and research facilities in Germany. More than 30,000 employees, mostly science or engineering graduates, work on the annual research volume of 2.9 billion euros. Of this, €2.5 billion is contract research.



Center for Solar Energy Technologies - Business Areas


Photovoltaic Systems

We provide services for the photovoltaic industry to anticipate problems in time, with certified state-of-the-art technology and specialized professionals.


Solar Thermal Systems

We focus our research on the use of engineering for the development of innovative technology in the installation and management of pilot plants in solar thermal systems.


Hydrogen & New Technologies

For a more efficient, competitive and sustainable industry

News and Press Releases


Fraunhofer Chile's Green Hydrogen Explorer shows first results

  • Mix of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaics would be an ideal complement to produce hydrogen in areas with low 

CSP is the most cost-effective large-scale 24/7 technology

[Revista Electricidad] Article by Frank Dinter, Executive Director of Fraunhofer Chile and Chairman of the Board of ACSP - Page 42, December 2022 edition


Fraunhofer Chile presents the new Solar Hydrogen Explorer developed with CORFO support

The tool identifies 57 strategic locations in northern Chile for free, determining the generation of electricity to supply an electrolysis plant up to the storage and transportation 


German climate delegate Jennifer Morgan visited the Fraunhofer PV Floating project in Chile

On the road to finding solutions to protect water and benefit smallholder communities...


Green Hydrogen: Contribution to global decarbonization from solar energy in Northern Chile

In this article Marco Vaccarezza from Fraunhofer Chile illustrates the enormous potential for green hydrogen production in Chile.


Fraunhofer launches English and Spanish version of atlas showing global Power-to-X potential also in Chile

In a joint event organised by the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy Systems Technology, Fraunhofer IEE, Fraunhofer Chile and the Energy Centre of the University of Chile, the Spanish version of the "Global PtX Atlas" was launched. 


Fraunhofer Chile will create the first open-access platform to evaluate the production of Solar Hydrogen

  • Thanks to the Fund “Crea y Valida I+D+i Empresarial Reactívate” from CORFO (21CVID2-183857), a team of researchers is working on a web platform to provide valuable information to estimate production and development costs of Green Hydrogen projects in northern Chile using solar energy.

German technologies for Green Hydrogen to be presented by Fraunhofer Chile at Exponor 2022

As part of the Germany Pavilion and under the slogan "Made in Germany", a delegation from Fraunhofer Chile, headed by its General Manager Dr. Frank Dinter, will participate in this new version of Exponor 2022, an international event organised by the Antofagasta Industrial Association (AIA), which will feature more than 700 exhibitors from all over the world.


Fraunhofer Chile highlighted the contribution of applied science to the country at the inauguration of the new UNAB Laboratory

Culminating a successful period of transfer of resources and projects in Biotechnology to Universidad Andrés Bello, the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation - represented by the President of its Board of Directors, Dr. Feckl and the General Manager of Fraunhofer Chile, Frank Dinter - accompanied the authorities of this house of studies in the opening ceremony of the new Systems Biology Laboratory of UNAB.


Fraunhofer Chile Research focuses on sustainable energy projects

·       The Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation from now on will mainly focus on applied R&D in the area of solar energy. Therefore, it is contributing its recognized scientific experience in the field of renewable energies via its Center for Solar Energy Technologies CSET.


Prof. Dr. Frank Dinter takes over as new General Manager of Fraunhofer Chile

-          The leading German expert - who until now served as Director of the Center for Solar Energy Technologies CSET - assumes this Monday, October 18, as General Manager.


Press release / 24.8.2021

Fraunhofer Chile will transfer its Center for Systems Biotechnology and strengthen its focus on solar technologies

As part of the process, the Center for Systems Biotechnology is seeking alliances with national institutions to transfer the created capacities, while the Center for Solar Energy Technologies will continue to contribute R&D in the field of solar technologies.


Actors in the agro-industry know solar technological solutions to improve the sustainability of the sector

The conference was organized by the Fraunhofer Chile Center for Solar Energy Technologies and DMC Consultants, with the participation and support of the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, who stressed that "agriculture must be sustainable" and announced a working group to advance in public-private collaboration on this issue.


Solar Energy Technology Center defines its strategic guidelines for 2020

 A day of participatory work culminated in the preparation of strategic definitions for 2020, with which this center of excellence of CORFO and Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation seeks to advance its goal of promoting sustainable development in Chile and Latin America.


New area leaders have been appointed at the Fraunhofer Solar Energy Center Chile

As leader of the Solar Thermal Systems Group, the researcher María Teresa Cerda took over, while in the Photovoltaic Systems Group, the engineer and expert in solar resources and renewable energies, Aloïs Salmon, was appointed. Both professionals are part of the Center's research team, and have a vast and successful professional career.

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