Press Releases - 2011
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
Consumer Electronics Account for Small Share of Residential Energy Consumption
Press Release 12.21.11
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today released a new study, “Energy Consumption of CE in U.S. Homes in 2010,” showing that despite their popularity in American homes, consumer electronics (CE) account for a relatively small share – roughly 13 percent – of the average U.S. home’s electricity consumption. The study was commissioned by CEA and conducted by the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems to quantify the electricity consumption of CE products in U.S. households in 2010.
Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization Opens Utility Technology Challenge for Submissions
Press Release 12.01.11
The Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) today opened the third Utility Technology Challenge (UTC). This year, CTSI and its partner, Fraunhofer TechBridge, are expanding the Challenge to include $100,000 in pilot project awards for promising utility and building energy technologies.
Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization and Fraunhofer TechBridge Announce Third Utility Technology Challenge, $50,000+ in Evaluation Projects for Winners
Press Release 10.27.11
The Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) today announced its third annual Utility Technology Challenge, a technology-matching program that bridges the gap between the laboratory and the marketplace for early stage clean tech ventures. This year, CTSI adds a new partner, Fraunhofer TechBridge; together, the organizations aim to create an award pool of $50,000 specifically allocated to pilot projects for Challenge winners.
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems to Showcase Solar PV Durability Initiative at Solar Power International
Press Release 10.17.11
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) invites attendees of Solar Power International to learn more about the new Photovoltaic Module Durability Initiative (PVDI) at CSE’s exhibit hall booth. This test and research initiative, developed by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and Fraunhofer CSE, addresses market challenges in solar project development and financing due to bankability uncertainties around PV module durability data.
U-Launch Awards Over $80,000 in Funded Services to Cleantech Open Northeast Region Semifinalists
Press Release 10.06.11
U-Launch, a US Department of Energy-funded grant-based award program that provides funded services to promising clean energy start-ups, today announced the recipients of grant awards offered as part of the Cleantech Open Northeast business competition. The grants will be used to assist seven Boston-area companies in validating, developing and deploying innovative cleantech solutions.
Cleantech Open Announces North East Region Competition Winners
Press Release 10.04.11
The Cleantech Open, the world’s largest clean-technology accelerator, has announced the finalist teams that will represent the Cleantech Open’s North East (CTONE) region at the national competition in November. The winning teams—Arctic Sand, Qado Energy, and PK Clean—were selected from an elite group of semifinalist cleantech entrepreneur teams that competed in the North East Region competition.
FirstFuel Software Closes $2.4M Investment from Battery Ventures and Nth Power; Launches Platform for Remote Building Energy Analysis
Press Release 09.22.11
FirstFuel Software, the commercial building energy analytics company, today announced that it secured a $2.4 million initial round of financing led by Battery Ventures and Nth Power, with participation from individual investors. The company, formerly called iblogix, Inc., will use the financing to quickly scale and accelerate adoption of its Rapid Building Assessment (RBA) platform, which provides zero-touch analysis of the energy performance of commercial buildings.
New PV Module Durability Testing Protocol Initiated by Fraunhofer ISE and CSE
Press Release 09.08.11
To further improve testing standards for PV modules, Fraunhofer ISE and Fraunhofer CSE have announced the launch of the PV Module Durability Initiative (PVDI). With the intention to provide additional information for investors, this initiative will offer a more robust testing protocol for a wide range of PV modules, exceeding the demands of IEC standard module certification. It is the first widely available program to generate extensive, quantitative reliability data for modules, relevant for their expected lifetime under different kinds of stress. The tests do not simply use pass/fail criteria but generate quantitative scores enabling the credible ranking of modules based on their likelihood to perform reliably.
Sustainable Energy Arm of International Research and Development Powerhouse Fraunhofer Joins DUNMORE's FastCert Program
Press Release 07.14.11
Fraunhofer CSE, part of one of the world's largest research and development organizations, has joined DUNMORE Corporation's FastCert™ Qualification Program to help solar module manufacturers make their products more reliable and produce them more efficiently. Fraunhofer USA's Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) will consult with DUNMORE's FastCert customers on reducing the cost of producing solar modules by maximizing performance and lowering material and manufacturing costs.
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems Announces Sustainable Energy Research and Building Innovation Center in Boston’s Innovation District
Press Release 05.17.11
The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) today announced that it will develop a sustainable energy research and building innovation center at 5 Channel Center in Boston’s Innovation District. The 50,000-square-foot applied research facility and building technology showcase will serve as a unique factory of innovation in support of established and start-up companies that are developing and demonstrating the next generation of energy efficiency technologies.
Cleantech Open Northeast Announces Collaboration with U-Launch
Press Release 05.02.11
The Cleantech Open, the world’s largest clean technology business competition, today announced that it would collaborate with U-Launch, a clean energy startup acceleration award administered by the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in collaboration with the New England Clean Energy Foundation, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England and an existing Cleantech Open sponsor, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
New CFV Solar Testing Laboratory Opens in Albuquerque to Speed International Certification for Solar Panels
Press Release 04.17.11
To speed entry for solar panel manufacturers into the North American and international markets, a new laboratory opened today in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that offers worldwide certification services from one location.
U-Launch Grants First Awards to New England Clean Energy Start-Ups
Press Release 03.14.11
U-Launch, a grant-based award initiative that provides funded services to promising university-based clean energy start-ups, today announced the first recipients of its 2011 grant awards. The grants will be used to assist two Boston-area companies in validating, developing and deploying innovative cleantech solutions.