The Photovoltaics (PV) Techologies group's mission is to accelerate the growth of solar energy generation by conducting applied research on innovative photovoltaic modules, new materials and components, and systems integration.

We help to reduce cost, increase efficiency, and enhance durability of PV technologies in support of our clients’ commercialization efforts. An experienced team of scientists and engineers, supported by a world-class network of research partners, focuses on areas with the greatest need for innovation.

We support development from proof-of-concept to pilot production, and full production. Our expertise includes optical and thermal design, process development, and durability assessment of PV modules and systems. In addition, we develop safe and efficient mounting methods and systems for photovoltaics.

Recent PV News

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

O'Brien, K.J., bizjournals.com, 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., greentechmedia.com, July 13, 2017 . The Department of Energy may be facing potentially massive budget cuts and interference in how it gives out green...

Upcoming Events

Solar Power Northeast.

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

Latest Presentations & Publications

Hydrothermal Impact of Adhesive-Applied Rooftop Photovoltaic System

Shukla, N., Watts, A., Honeker, C., Kośny, J. (2017). In: Advances in Hygrothermal Performance of Building Envelopes STP 1599. West Conshohocken: ASTM International, Selected Technical Papers, PP. 69-82.

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

Temperature and Power Study of Adhered and Racked Double Glass Photovoltaic Modules.

Beutner, V., Singh, R., Stark, C. - June 28, 2017. 2017 IEEE PVSC-44. Washington, D.C..

Lab and Testing Facilities

The Photovoltaic Technologies Group has indoor prototyping and testing capabilities in the Center headquarters in Boston and also takes advantage of the outdoor testing capabilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Revere, Massachusetts.

Our Research Facilities


Fraunhofer CSE partners with a wide-array of leading governmental, industry, academic and research institutions around the world.

Our Partners


Cordula Schmid, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Photovoltaic Technologies
Office +1 (617) 714-6515