The ISFH budget broken down into funding sources.
The structure of personnel and number of employees at ISFH.
The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) is a non-profit organization whose sole proprietor is the state of Lower Saxony. Institutional funding comes from the budget of the Ministry for Science and Culture and makes up 35 % of the total budget (income in 2017) of € 10.15 million for the reporting year.
In addition to this institutional support from the State Government of Lower Saxony, the Institute receives so-called third-party funding from public research sponsors such as the Federal Government, the State Government of Lower Saxony or the European Union (EU). The income from public research projects was € 6.2 million in the reporting year, the majority of which was joint research with the solar industry. In addition, third-party funding also comes from services and contract research amounting to € 0.33 million.
At the end of 2017 the ISFH had 145 employees. The majority of the staff consist of scientific and technical personnel and Ph.D. students employed on a temporary basis to undertake research projects. The students involved comprise undergraduates from universities or technical colleges employed at the ISFH as part of their scientific training. 43 staff are permanently employed guaranteeing the continuity of the scientific work and maintenance of the infrastructure.
The Institute for Solar Energy Research GmbH site on the Ohrberg comprises an area of 32,000m2. Currently there are four research buildings on it with a total floor space of 7,500m2. In addition, in the unbuilt areas or on the roofs there is the possibility to carry out outdoor tests on currently 2,000m2 of test area.