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Visualizing Value: Game-Changing Solar Technologies for Homeowners, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, July 29, 2016

Flying cars, house-cleaning robots, and 3D-printed food may have seemed like part of the distant future when “The Jetsons” first aired, but less than a century later we have Roombas, driverless cars, and 3D printers making edible prints. Some clean energy analysts thought that solar would be a part of our distant future, but now that it’s powering more than 1 million solar installations and employing 209,000 people and counting, it’s clear that solar is here and now.


Fraunhofer CSE unveils Plug and Play PV systems, June 21, 2016

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has demonstrated two installations of its Plug and Play solar photovoltaic (PV) systems as part of its “2016 Demo Day” in Boston. The organization’s Plug and Play PV project has a goal to make the installation of PV systems as easy and safe as the installation of a home appliance.


Fraunhofer CSE Showcases 2 Commercial-Ready Plug & Play Solar PV Systems At 2016 Demo Day, June 21, 2016

Two new, commercial-ready plug-and-play home solar photovoltaic systems were recently demonstrated by the Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at the organization’s “2016 Demo Day,” according to a new press release. The new plug-and-play solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are, according to Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, simple to install, easy to inspect for code compliance, and compatible with electronic Permitting, Inspection and Interconnection (ePI&I) processes.

Fraunhofer CSE demos ‘plug and play’ PV, June 16, 2016

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) has demonstrated two plug and play solar systems at its 2016 Demo Day, the next stop in the technology's route to commercialisation. The project is funded by the US department of energy’s Sunshot Initiative that is looking to reduce the installed cost of residential solar to US$1.50/W by 2020. As part of the demo, a string inverter based system was installed in under 75 minutes. A micro inverter install was also demonstrated. Further pilots systems will be rolled out in various parts of the US through 2017. The project partners include National Grid, SunPower and lightweight module manufacturer Lumeta.


EERE Success Story—Plug and Play: Purchase, Install, and Connect Residential Solar Power in Hours, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, March 16, 2015

Consumers may soon have the option of purchasing a do-it-yourself rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system at their local home improvement store that can be installed and connected to the grid in less than a day. Thanks to SunShot Initiative awardee Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE), a novel residential Plug and Play PV system may soon be commercially available.


Plug-and-Play Solar Systems: Automating the Permitting, Inspection and Interconnection Processes

Renewable Energy World, June 19, 2014

In December 2012, the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) was awarded US $11.7 million over a three-year period to develop plug-and-play solar systems through the DOE SunShot initiative. The Center has partnered with a multidisciplinary team of equipment manufacturers, utilities, local governments, universities, and research institutions to develop standards for plug-and-play residential rooftop solar systems, which are “as easy as buying and installing a washer/dryer combo,” said Christian Hoepfner, Director at the Fraunhofer Center and Principal Investigator for the Plug and Play PV project.


"Plug-And-Play Residential Solar In Five Years? Fraunhofer USA And Partners Are Working To Make This A Reality"

Forbes, August 7, 2013

Forbes contributor Peter Kelly-Detwiler takes a closer look at our DOE-funded plug-and-play solar research project.

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