Fraunhofer CSE

CSE is a one of seven centers of Fraunhofer USA, a non-profit subsidiary of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe's largest contract 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

Sustainable Buildings Are Key To Ensuring A Greener Future.

Schierenbeck, A., Huffington Post, September 26, 2017 . With current efforts around the Paris Climate Agreement, sustainability goals are at the top of most governments’...

Meet Christian Hoepfner of Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in South Boston.

Staff, BostonVoyager, September 25, 2017 . Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Hoepfner. Christian, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how...

Department of Energy Announces Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Awards.

EERE,, August 2, 2017 . Fraunhofer CSE (Boston, Massachusetts) will develop a novel polyisocyanurate-based aerogel insulation through novel...

Upcoming Events

21st Century Energy Transition Symposium.

October 30, 2017 - October 31, 2017. Energy Institute and The School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
Joana Abreu will be presenting in Session 2: Behavioral and Human Dimensions on October 31, 2017 at 9:20am.

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

November 8, 2017 - November 10, 2017. Informa Exhibitions & U.S. Construction and Real Estate. Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), Boston, MA.
Booth 121, Hall A-B, Intelligent Building & Connected Home

PLMA Peak Load Management 36th Conference.

November 13, 2017 - November 15, 2017. Peak Load Management Alliance. Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Cambridge, MA.
Joana Abreu will be presenting.

Latest Presentations & Publications

Evaluating the impact of the edge thermal bridging on the overall thermal performance of vacuum insulation panel (VIP) assemblies.

Castro Aguilar, J.L., Shukla, N., Kosny, J. - September 20, 2017. IVIS Paris 2017, 13th International Vacuum Insulation Symposium. CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du B‰timent). French Building Research Institute, Paris, France.

Hydrothermal Impact of Adhesive-Applied Rooftop Photovoltaic System

Shukla, N., Watts, A., Honeker, C., Kośny, J. (2017). In: Advances in Hygrothermal Performance of Building Envelopes STP 1599. West Conshohocken: ASTM International, Selected Technical Papers, PP. 69-82.

How Innovative Startups Can Flourish In A Changing Cleantech Landscape

Singh, R., Hoepfner, C. (2017). Boston:
Being a clean-tech startup amidst today’s uncertain political priorities and tightening R&D budgets is like being on a...