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

Fraunhofer CSE Hosts Inaugural Meeting of Phase Change Materials Industry Association.

Williams, A.,, November 13, 2017. On October 5th 2017, Fraunhofer CSE hosted the inaugural meeting of the Phase Change Materials Industry Association of...

Fraunhofer CSE Develops New PIR-based Aerogel Insulation with DOE Funding.

Williams, A.,, November 13, 2017. Buildings account for 40% of the energy consumption in the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy's Building...

BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Products for 2018.

Ehrlich, B.,, November 9, 2017 . For the past 16 years, BuildingGreen has selected ten green building products that significantly improve upon standard...

Upcoming Events

4th Atlas/NIST Workshop on Photovoltaic Materials Durability.

December 5, 2017 - December 6, 2017. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.

Solar Power Northeast.

February 5, 2018 - February 6, 2018. SEIA, Smart Electric Power Alliance. Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA.

BuildingEnergy Boston.

March 8, 2018 - March 9, 2018. NESEA Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA.

Latest Presentations & Publications

An innovative practical battery thermal management system based on phase change materials: Numerical and experimental investigations

Lazrak, A., Fourmigué, J., Robin, J. (2018). In: Applied Thermal Engineering. 128 : Elsevier, pp. 20-32.

Estimation of Physical Buildings Parameters Using Interval Thermostat Data.

Lazrak, A., Zeifman, M. - November 9, 2017. 4th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys 2017) . ACM. Aula Conference Centre, Delft, Netherlands.
Amine Lazrak presented.

Thermal performance analysis of residential attics containing high performance aerogel-based radiant barriers

Kosny, J., Fontanini, A., Shukla, N., Fallahi, A., Watts, A., Trifu, R., et al. (2017). Boston: Elsevier B.V..
This paper is focused on a new, easy to install, extremely light weight, and high R-value radiant barrier that shows...

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.