Fraunhofer CSE

CSE is a division of Fraunhofer USA, a non-profit subsidiary of the Fraunhofer Society, a world-leading applied R&D organization.

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Plug and Play PV systems

A pathway to install PV faster, more easily, and safely
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SHINES and SunDial

Grid Integration at the Utility Distribution Level

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CleanTech Notes

A Fraunhofer CSE blog
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Building Technology Showcase

Visit the Living Laboratory
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TechBridge Program

Fraunhofer TechBridge performs customized technical validation work for startups, paving the way for groundbreaking energy companies to attract funding, partnerships, and customers.
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Building tomorrow’s energy future today

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) accelerates the adoption of sustainable energy technologies through scientific research and engineering innovation. Our staff’s expertise in solar photovoltaics, smart energy-efficient buildings, and grid technologies provides a platform for deeply integrating distributed energy resources through collaborative R&D with private companies, government entities, and academic institutions. Fraunhofer CSE is one of seven centers of Fraunhofer USA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit contract R&D organization, a subsidiary of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe's largest contract R&D organization.

Project Spotlight

SHINES and SunDial

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected a Fraunhofer CSE-led team to carry out a $3.5M, three-year research project to design, develop, and demonstrate an integrated system of solar photovoltaic ...
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Recent News

The Most Energy-Efficient Utilities Are in Massachusetts.

Williams, A.,, June 19, 2017. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has published its first energy efficiency scorecard for...

Truck Rooftop Solar Study Results on Cabot Creamery Cheese Trucks in the U.S.

Dillon, L.,, May 22, 2017. A three-month study phase has ended for solar photovoltaic (PV) integrated reefer truck rooftops in the United States....

Better Buildings Summit.

May 15, 2017 - May 17, 2017. U.S. Department of EnergyWashington, DC.

Upcoming Events

2017 EIA Energy Conference.

June 26, 2017 - June 27, 2017. U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Information Administration. Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC.
Panelists: Erin Boedecker, Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Kurt Roth, Marina Sofos

Intersolar North America.

July 10, 2017 - July 13, 2017. Solar Promotion GmbH, FMMI. Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA.
Booth 9238, Level 3

Great American Trucking Show (GATS).

August 24, 2017 - August 26, 2017. Randall-Reilly. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Dallas, TX.
Booth 6015

Latest Presentations & Publications

Building Integrated Solar - Pathways to Ubiquitous Power Generation.

Hoepfner, C. - May 16, 2017. 2017 TechConnect World Innovation Conference. TechConnect & Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI). Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Potomac 6, Oxon Hill, MD.

Integrated System to Enable High-Penetration Feeder-Level PV: Preliminary Design and Simulation Results.

Kromer, M. - April 25, 2017. 8th Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies - ISGT 2017. IEEE. Cyrstal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, VA.

Ten questions concerning future buildings beyond zero energy and carbon neutrality

Wang, N., Roth, K., Phelan, P., Gonzalez, J., Harris, C., Henze, G., et al. (2017). In: Building and Environment. 119 : Elsevier Ltd., 169-182.