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

Federal SunShot program funds $5.5M in Mass. solar projects.

O'Brien, K.J.,, July 20, 2017 . The program has funded about $65 million worth of solar projects in the state since 2010, but it's under threat from...

DOE’s SunShot Awards $46M for Solar Tech-to-Market Research.

St. John, J.,, July 13, 2017 . The Department of Energy may be facing potentially massive budget cuts and interference in how it gives out green...

Energy Efficiency Success Story: TV Energy Consumption Shrinks as Screen Size and Performance Grow, Finds New CTA Study.

Santa, I.,, July 12, 2017 . Today's televisions are consuming less energy and saving consumers more money - even as TVs increase in size and...

Upcoming Events

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

9th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting – EEDAL’17.

September 13, 2017 - September 15, 2017. University of California - Irvine. UC - Irvine, Irvine, CA.
Bryan Urban will present.

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.

LCD Television Power Draw Trends from 2003 to 2015

Urban, B., Roth, K. (2017). In: . Boston: