Fraunhofer CSE

Fraunhofer CSE is a one of seven centers of Fraunhofer USA, who works closely with 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 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

Urban landmarks find a new purpose with adaptive reuse architecture.

Staff, UrbanHub.com, October 10, 2018. When an older building is modernized, people often assume it is an act of historic restoration. But frequently, older...

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,...

Upcoming Events

CoreNet Global Summit Conference 2018.

October 14, 2018 - October 17, 2018. CoreNet Global. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA.
Kurt Roth is a panelist on “The Next Frontier of Intelligent Workplaces - Employees and Smartphones,” on Tuesday...

NECEC's 11th Annual Green Tie Gala.

October 25, 2018. NECEC. Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA.
Fraunhofer TechBridge was nominated for Startup Supporter of the Year.

MRS Fall Meeting: iMatSci Innovation Showcase.

November 27, 2018 - November 28, 2018. Materials Research Society (MRS). Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Boston, MA.
Fraunhofer CSE will exhibit with partners Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Missouri University of Science and...

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.

Thermal impact of adhesive-mounted rooftop PV on underlying roof shingles

Shukla, N., Watts, A., Honeker, C., Hill, M., Kosny, J. (2018). In: Solar Energy. 174 : Elsevier Ltd., pp. 957-966.
Adhesive mounting of residential rooftop photovoltaics (PV) is an alternative to traditional rack mounting that reduces...

The German Perspective on Clean Energy Solutions: The Fraunhofer CSE TechBridge Program.

Rancis, N. - October 11, 2018. Horizon18. World Climate Ltd., NECEC, & MassCEC. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA.
Nick Rancis will speak during the German American Chambers of Commerce side event and workshop: The German Perspective...

User Testing to Improve User Experience & Utility Program Delivery.

Abreu, J. - October 9, 2018. Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (BECC). ACEEE, CIEE, and PEEC at Stanford University. Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C..
Joana presents on Tuesday, October 9th during the Digital Media for Energy Savings Session 4B in Regency D, 10:30am –...