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

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...

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...

Upcoming Events

IVIS Paris 2017, 13th International Vacuum Insulation Symposium.

September 20, 2017 - September 21, 2017. CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du B‰timent). French Building Research Institute, Paris, France.
The 13th International Vacuum Insulation Symposium (IVIS 2017) is held in Paris, France from September 20 to 21st,...

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

Latest Presentations & Publications

Consumer Electronics in U.S. Homes Energy Use in 2017.

Urban, B. - September 13, 2017. 9th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting – EEDAL’17. University of California - Irvine. Irvine, CA.
Bryan Urban presented.

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...

Trucking in the Sun.

Honeker, C. - August 24, 2017. Great American Trucking Show (GATS). Randall-Reilly. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Dallas, TX.
Booth 6015

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