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

What materials are future buildings made of?.

Fraunhofer USA,, December 5, 2018. Fire, cold, heat, water, ice - building materials have to withstand a variety of different conditions while also...

Urban landmarks find a new purpose with adaptive reuse architecture., 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...

Upcoming Events

NSF CRISP/RIPS Grantees Workshop .

December 5, 2018 - December 6, 2018. Arlington, VA.
Joana Abreu will attend. This workshop is an awardee-only event.

BAU 2019.

January 14, 2019 - January 19, 2019. Messe München GmbH. Messe München, Munich, Germany.
Fraunhofer CSE and its partners in the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance exhibit in Hall C2, Booth 528.

Solar Power Northeast.

February 5, 2019 - February 6, 2019. SEIA, Smart Electric Power Alliance. Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA.
Fraunhofer CSE presents its research at Booth 1.

Latest Presentations & Publications

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...

Session: C16.21 TG on C1340 Standard Practice for Estimation of Heat Gain or Loss Through Ceilings Under Attics Containing Radiant Barriers by Use of a Computer Program .

Shukla, N. - October 23, 2018. ASTM International: C16 Thermal Insulation. ASTM International. Washington Hilton, International Ballroom East, Table 4, Washington, D.C..
Nitin Shukla is session chair.

The Next Frontier of Intelligent Workplaces - Employees and Smartphones.

Roth, K. - October 16, 2018. CoreNet Global Summit Conference 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...

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...