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

SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II Winners Announced by DSM, Fraunhofer TechBridge and Greentown Labs.

Dillon, L., cleantechnotes.org, June 28, 2017. Four early-stage companies are announced as the winners of the SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II, which was designed to...

SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II winners crafted innovative monitoring, O&M solutions.

Misbrener, K., Solarpowerworldonline.com, June 28, 2017 . Four early-stage companies are announced as the winners of the SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II, which was designed to...

Second SunRISE TechBridge Challenge solar start-up's selected.

Osborne, M., pv-tech.org, June 28, 2017 . Organised by Fraunhofer CSE in partnership with Royal DSM and Greentown Labs, the SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II had...

Upcoming Events

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

Solar Power International.

September 10, 2017 - September 13, 2017. SEIA, Smart Electric Power Alliance. Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.
Booth 555

Latest Presentations & Publications

Panel: Human Behavior and Energy Use in Buildings.

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

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.