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

Energy Storage Networks: The Executive Director of Fraunhofer CSE talks research, renewables & energy storage.

Froese, M., Hoepfner, C., WTWH Media, August 31, 2018 . In this episode of Energy Works we speak with Dr. Christian Hoepfner, the Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Center...

A Smart Grid Today podcast with Christian Hoepfner .

Spencer, S., Hoepfner, C., Smart Grid Today, August 22, 2018 . Let me start out with (…) SHINES SunDial. The idea is two-fold: How can we reduce the size of the electrical battery,...

Fraunhofer develops platform to enable transactive energy.

Smart Grid Today,, August 22, 2018 . The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is developing a platform for energy management it hopes will help...

Upcoming Events

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 661 (hall A).

2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild.

September 26, 2018 - September 28, 2018. Co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA. Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Amine Lazrak will present “Smart Thermostat Data-Based Residential Buildings Remote Energy Assessments: You Are...

HUBweek Boston.

October 8, 2018 - October 14, 2018. Boston Globe, Harvard, MGH, & MIT. City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA.
Where art, science, and technology collide.

Latest Presentations & Publications

A study about the willingness to shift household routines for multiple grid conditions.

Abreu, J., Roth, K. - November 7, 2018. DOE Building Technologies Office Lunchtime Brown Bag Session. Building Technologies Office, Washington D.C..
Joana Abreu and Kurt Roth represent Fraunhofer CSE at DOE BTO in Washington D.C.

Panel: Big (Startup) Breakthroughs: New Materials, Chemicals, and Industrial Processes..

Rancis, N. - August 23, 2018. EPRI Electrification 2018. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.
Nick Rancis is a panelist on “Big (Startup) Breakthroughs: New Materials, Chemicals, and Industrial Processes.”

Characteristics and Energy Use of Volume Servers in the U.S.

Fuchs, H., Shehabi, A., Ganeshalingam, M., Desroches, L.B., Lim, B., Roth, K., et al. (2018). In: 2018 ACEEE Summer Study Proceedings. Washington D.C.: ACEEE, 3-1 to 3-12.
As data centers proliferate t o meet the demand of Internet-of-T hings services, their energy intensity deserves clo se...

Customer centric recommendations for the design of residential direct load control (DLC) demand response (DR) utility Programs

Abreu, J., Voge, J., Roth, K. (2018). In: 2018 ACEEE Summer Study Proceedings. Washington D.C.: ACEEE, 8-1 to 8-15.
Outdoor temperature drives the peak demand of summer-peaking el ectric utilities and their grid infrastructure.