About Fraunhofer

Building tomorrow’s energy future today

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) is an applied research and development laboratory dedicated to building tomorrow’s energy future today. 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.

Fraunhofer CSE's Impact

Fraunhofer USA

Fraunhofer USA, Inc., performs applied research under contract to government and industry with customers such as federal and state governments, multinational corporations as well as small to medium-sized companies. Fraunhofer USA is a subsidiary of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, a world leading applied R&D organization which has numerous institutes and independent research units throughout Germany.

Each Fraunhofer USA research center is closely affiliated with at least one of the institutes in Germany. They also cooperate closely with major research universities in the USA; University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Maryland, University of Delaware, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Connecticut.

Fraunhofer USA


Fraunhofer ISE

Fraunhofer CSE operates in close collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany.

Fraunhofer ISE creates the technological foundations for supplying energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialized, threshold and developing countries. With its research focusing on energy conversion, energy efficiency, energy distribution and energy storage, it contributes to the broad application of new technology.

Fraunhofer ISE develops materials, components, systems and processes in five business areas. In addition to its R&D, the institute offers testing and certification procedures. Furthermore, it features an excellent laboratory infrastructure and is certified according to the quality management standard, DIN EN ISO 9001:2008. Founded in 1981, Fraunhofer ISE, with a staff of approximately 1100, is the largest solar research institute in Europe.

Fraunhofer ISE


Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

For sixty years, Germany's Fraunhofer Gesellschaft has played a vital role in the research and commercialization of new technologies in Europe. Today, Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization, comprised of more than 80 institutes and centers around the world. The majority are located in Germany, with additional centers and representative offices in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the US. In total, Fraunhofer employs 22,000 people worldwide, most of which are qualified engineers and scientists.

Its research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by their researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives.

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft's motto:
We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas. In short, we forge the future.