The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) ranks the five most popular EERE Successes articles this year. A U.S. Dept. of Energy SunShot Initiative funded project, the Fraunhofer CSE Plug & Play PV Systems aims to reduce the price of residential solar to $1.50/Watt installed by 2020 by simplifiying the purchase, installation and commissioning of a residential PV system.
www.politico.com/morningenergy, April 23, 2015
Telecommuting reduced U.S. energy consumption in 2013 by “as much as three power plants,” according to a report coming out today from the Consumer Electronics Association. Those savings cut gasoline usage by half a percent, according to the study which referenced a 2009 highway transportation survey to extrapolate certain 2013 figures. Similarly, Kindle and other e-books are believed to have displaced 393 million print books in 2013, diverting about two million metric tons of carbon dioxide (But does that account for the added power plant emissions from increased e-reader use?). The study was conducted by Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems and commissioned by CEA.
ce.org, April 23, 2015
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) commissioned researchers at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE to assess the energy and greenhouse gas emissions impacts of telecommuting and e-commerce. In the newly published study, Fraunhofer CSE‘s researchers took into account the energy and greenhouse gas emissions impacts of all phases of a given product or process, including the energy impact of producing materials as well as distributing the final product.
Energy.Gov, 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.
Fraunhofer CSE Completes First Installation And Commissioning Of Their Plug And Play Solar PV Systems
PR Newswire, November 20, 2014
BOSTON, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) successfully completed the first public installation and interconnection of its Plug and Play PV Systems, a novel residential rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system, at its Plug and Play Demo Day. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot initiative, the Plug and Play System is a holistic approach to residential PV that will dramatically help reduce the total installed costs of solar electricity by 2020, from $4.00/Watt installed to $1.50/Watt. Incorporating innovative technologies with a PV system architecture that simplifies interconnection, permitting and inspection, Fraunhofer CSE developed a system design that addresses all aspects of the solar purchasing and installation process.
TreeHugger, October 17, 2014
Jane Jacobs wrote that new ideas need old buildings; perhaps that's why the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems is housed in a top-to-bottom renovation of a 101 year old warehouse building in Boston's Fort Point Channel district, a really interesting collection of old warehouse buildings being rehabbed into an innovation center. I recently visited the building as a guest of ThyssenKrupp, which donated the elevator. And a very interesting elevator it is.
Forbes, July 29th, 2014
A new report from the Consumer Electronics Association and Fraunhofer USA asserts that the power consumed by home electronics declined from 12% between 2013 and 2010 in the U.S. It’s a positive result, especially when you add in that the number of devices climbed from 2.9 billion to 3.8 billion over that same period.
But what’s really interesting about the report is why power consumption is declining.
MIT Technology Review, July 28th, 2014
Electronic gadgets in U.S. homes are estimated to have used 12 percent less energy in 2013 than they did 2010, even though there were nearly a billion more devices. The decline is due in large part to a significant decrease in electricity used by televisions and computers, according to a new report, which analyzed 46 types of consumer devices commonly used in homes.
The report is the third in a series commissioned by the Consumer Electronics Association and carried out by Fraunhofer USA, a research organization. The first covered 2006 and the second one focused on 2010.
PV Solar Report, July 15th, 2014
Solar costs continue to decline, but little progress has been made to reduce soft costs. Dr. Christian Hoepfner discusses his research to simplify solar installations at this year’s Intersolar North America.
Home Toys, June 23rd, 2014
Despite their significantly higher market penetration in U.S. homes, consumer electronics (CE) now account for a lower percentage of electricity usage per household than they did three years ago, according to new research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The study was produced by the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems to quantify the electricity consumption of CE products in U.S. households in 2013. Devices covered in depth in the study include televisions, game consoles, set-top boxes (cable, satellite, telco and stand-alone), computers and peripherals, computer speakers, monitors, home audio, smart phones, tablets and networking equipment.
Clean Energy Council, June 20th, 2014
On Wednesday June 11, hundreds of clean energy businesses and stakeholders gathered in Boston’s Innovation District at what was once a deteriorating 100-year-old historic building scheduled for demolition to celebrate the long-awaited Grand Opening of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy‘s (CSE) Living Laboratory. For more than two years CSE, a non-profit applied research and development laboratory with the mission to foster economic development through the commercialization of clean energy technologies that benefit society, has been transforming the building into a laboratory and test-bed for innovative products sure to advance the commercialization of building energy and solar technologies.
Renewable Energy World, June 19th, 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.
Power Engineering International, June 19th, 2014
ThyssenKrupp Elevator's vice president of sustainability, Brad Nemeth, joined representatives from the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) to celebrate the opening of the center's Living Laboratory in Boston's Innovation District. The new facility, which features ThyssenKrupp's elevators, is an innovative research center that showcases leading solar and energy efficiency technologies.
Banker & Tradesman, June 12th, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick and other state representatives gathered yesterday to celebrate the opening of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) in South Boston.
Fraunhofer CSE is part of an international research network spearheaded by Germany's Fraunhofer Society, Europe's largest contract research and development organization. The new facility, located in Boston's Innovation District at 5 Channel Center St., has 42 employees and includes a living laboratory to support companies and clean energy technologies.
Boston Business Journal, June 11th, 2014
The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, a nonprofit applied research and development laboratory that's part of German research organization Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, officially opened this week in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood. Fraunhofer performs applied research for federal and state governments, multinational corporations, as well as small to medium-sized companies.
CBS Boston, February 12th, 2014
WBZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher speaks with developers about the ways buildings can adapt to climate changes. Fraunhofer CSE’s Building Technology Showcase, a deep energy retrofit of a 100-year-old building in Boston’s Innovation District, is depicted as one example for innovative building design: CSE’s Director Christian Hoepfner points out the Center’s efficient use of energy, its heating and cooling systems and smart infrastructure components.
As module quality and reliability continue to be top of mind in the industry, organizations facing the greatest impacts of potential product failures are increasing their due diligence...This push to protect their clientele and investments brings more requests for third-party certifications and reviews...CFV is offering a PV Module Durability Initiative which is an integrated test and research initiative developed by Fraunhofer ISE and Fraunhofer CSE.
This feature story from the September issue of trade magazine Plumbing & Mechanical explores the energy-efficient heating and cooling systems of Fraunhofer CSE's Building Technology Showcase.
National Law Review, September 19th, 2013
Mintz Levin's Sahir Surmeli summarizes major takeaways from MassCEC's 2013 Clean Energy Industry report.
MassLive.com, September 17th, 2013
The Republican's Dan Ring reports on MassCEC's 2013 Clean Energy Industry report, which was officially unveiled at Fraunhofer CSE by Governor Deval Patrick.
PBS Nova Next, September 10th, 2013
Phase change materials (PCMs) could offer significant energy savings in buildings. Phil McKenna talks to CSE's Jan Kosny and other industry experts about these novel insulation options.
Smithsonian Magazine, September 3rd, 2013
Fraunhofer CSE's Dr. Geoffrey Kinsey is among the solar experts quoted in this piece on Californian solar start-up QBotix.
Circular Energy, August 22nd, 2013
Solar Design Consultant Miles Whitten takes a comprehensive look at the importance of bankability in the solar industry, with special mention paid to Fraunhofer's Photovoltaic Durability Initiative.
Think Progress, August 9th, 2013
Jeff Spross discusses encouraging developments in the solar industry, with special mention given to Fraunhofer CSE's plug-and-play research.
Forbes, August 7th, 2013
Forbes contributor Peter Kelly-Detwiler takes a closer look at our DOE-funded plug-and-play solar research project.
Renewable Energy World, July 18th, 2013
REW's David Appleyard looks at the first round of testing carried out under Fraunhofer's Photovoltaic Module Durability Initiative (PVDI).
Clean Technica, July 3rd, 2013
Clean Technica reports on the Photovoltaic Module Durability Initiative.
Solar Industry, June 18th, 2013
The SI Staff covers Fraunhofer's first set of PVDI results.
Solar Novus Today, June 18th, 2013
Solar Novus Today reports on the first round of test results from PVDI, the joint testing venture between Fraunhofer CSE and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany.
Renewable Energy World, April 29th, 2013
In the third part of her series, Renewable Energy World's Joyce Laird looks at solar research breakthroughs at Fraunhofer CSE and its German counterpart, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
UBM's Future Cities, April 1st, 2013
Managing Editor Mary Jander spotlights the energy-efficient HVAC used in Fraunhofer CSE's Boston headquarters as an example of how new technologies can support green retrofit projects.
TechHive, March 7th, 2013
TechHive contributor Rachel Martin offers another take on Ubiquitous Energy's ClearView power films.
Popular Science, March 5th, 2013
Popular Science blogger Francie Diep talks about TechBridge portfolio company Ubiquitous Energy.
Greentech Media, February 4th, 2013
Greentech Media's Herman Trabish looks at the ins and outs of solar module testing, spotlighting Fraunhofer CSE's work with the PV Module Durability Initiative (PVDI).
Durability + Design, January 31st, 2013
The Journal of Architectural Coatings offers an overview of the Building Technology Showcase project.
Technology Review, January 21st, 2013
At Technology Review, Martin LaMonica takes a look at some of the features and systems in Fraunhofer CSE's new Building Technology Showcase.
Greentech Media, January 15th, 2013
Greentech Media's Herman Trabish examines the PV Durability Initiative, a joint venture between Fraunhofer CSE and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
GreenBiz.com, January 4th, 2013
Joan Michelson profiles TechBridge portfolio company Cambrian Innovation, looking at the collaborations that helped Cambrian achieve its current successes.