Fraunhofer CSE

CSE is a one of seven centers of Fraunhofer USA, a non-profit subsidiary of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe's largest contract R&D organization.

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Plug and Play PV systems

A pathway to install PV faster, more easily, and safely
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SHINES and SunDial

Grid Integration at the Utility Distribution Level

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CleanTech Notes

A Fraunhofer CSE blog
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Building Technology Showcase

Visit the Living Laboratory
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TechBridge Program

Fraunhofer TechBridge performs customized technical validation work for startups, paving the way for groundbreaking energy companies to attract funding, partnerships, and customers.
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Building tomorrow’s energy future today

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE (Fraunhofer CSE) accelerates the adoption of sustainable energy technologies through scientific research and engineering innovation. Our staff’s expertise in solar photovoltaics, smart energy-efficient buildings, and grid technologies provides a platform for deeply integrating distributed energy resources through collaborative R&D with private companies, government entities, and academic institutions. Fraunhofer CSE is one of seven centers of Fraunhofer USA Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit contract R&D organization. Fraunhofer USA Inc. works closely with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe's largest contract R&D organization.

Project Spotlight

SHINES and SunDial

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 ...
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Recent News

A Way for Cities and Towns to Combat Climate Change.

Boston Globe, July 26, 2018 . In Australia or Italy, homeowners can install solar panels on their roof for less than $2 per watt. In Germany,...

Can America bring low-cost solar panels to every rooftop?.

Hoepfner, C., lowellsun.com, July 17, 2018 . Few energy technologies capture the public's imagination like solar power. The ever-present sun is so powerful, it has...

A low-cost solar panel for every American rooftop?.

Hoepfner, C., berkshireeagle.com, July 6, 2018 . Few energy technologies capture the public's imagination like solar power. The ever-present sun is so powerful, it has...

Upcoming Events

EPRI Electrification 2018.

August 20, 2018 - August 23, 2018. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.
Nick Rancis will attend the Panel on “Big (Startup) Breakthroughs: New Materials, Chemicals, and Industrial Processes.”

Accelerate Energy Summit.

August 20, 2018. New Energy Nexus (Nexus) and IncubateEnergy. Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, CA.
Nick Rancis will attend.

Solar Power International.

September 24, 2018 - September 27, 2018. SEIA, Smart Electric Power Alliance. Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.
Matt Kromer presents. Fraunhofer CSE exhibits at booth 393 (hall A).

Latest Presentations & Publications

Connectivity: Adding Value through Controls and Data Analytics.

Zeifman, M. - August 16, 2018. ACEEE 2018 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. ACEEE. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA.
Michael Zeifman will present on Panel 12 - Smart Buildings, Smart Grid, and the Internet of Things on Aug. 16, Session...

Putting People First: Case Studies in User-Centered Design.

Abreu, J. - August 14, 2018. ACEEE 2018 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. ACEEE. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA.
Joana Abreu will present on Panel 8 - Capturing Savings through Behavior: Science and Practice on Aug 14, Session 1,...

Resilient, Smart, Dynamic.

Abreu, J. - August 14, 2018. ACEEE 2018 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. ACEEE. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA.
Joana Abreu will present on Panel 11 – Resilient Sustainable Communities, on Aug 14, Session 2, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.

A Data-Driven BIRCH Clustering Method for Extracting Typical Load Profiles for Big Data

Fontanini, A., Abreu, J. (2018). In: IEEE Power & Energy General Meeting. Portland: IEEE PES.
In typical load shape analysis, many different clustering methods have been used to segment customers, interpret...