Grid Integration
Projects and Publications

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

CSE researchers monitoring power output of a solar installation.

Selected Smart Grid Projects

Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) award

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 (PV), energy storage, and facility load management at the utility distribution scale in Massachusetts. Fraunhofer CSE, with National Grid, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and other industry partners, will match the award, contributing $3.5M towards the project.

Plug-and-Play PV for American Homes

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) is currently leading a multi-year research and development project funded by the DOE SunShot Initiative focusing on the development of plug-and-play solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that can be purchased, installed, and connected by homeowners without the need to engage outside consultants or contractors.

Fraunhofer Experimental Microgrid Testbed

The Distributed Electrical Energy Systems group is developing an experimental microgrid testbed in Albuquerque, New Mexico that integrates solar PV, energy storage, controllable loads, and a highly configurable control platform.  It is used to evaluate innovative hardware, system topologies, and control strategies.

Selected Publications

"Advanced photovoltaic inverter functionality verification using 500kW Power Hardware-in-Loop (PHIL) complete system laboratory testing"

Mather, B, Kromer, M, and Casey, L.  

Submitted for publication in the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, Feb 2013.

"Grid Integration of Electronic Devices & Systems at Medium Voltage."

Casey, L, Levi, M, Nichols, S, Kromer, M, Mossoba, J, Huang, J, Hunt, G, Perkinson J, and Borowy, B. 

Powercon 2012.  Auckland, NZ

Oct 2012

"Analysis of solar irradiance intermittency mitigation using constant DC voltage PV and EV battery storage

Mossoba, J, Kromer, M, Faill, P, Katz, S, Borowy, B, Nichols, S, Casey, L, Maksimovic, D, Traube, J, Lu, F.

Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), 2012.  IEEE, Pp 1-6.