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Christian Hoepfner, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Expertise:
  • 12 years Industry Experience
  • Strategy and Business Models
  • Product Marketing and Management
  • Engineering Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Wide Range of Technology Expertise

Dr. Christian Hoepfner is the Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems. He is responsible for all strategic, financial and contractual aspects of this applied contract research center.

Christian’s personal research interests are based on the question how new technologies can be used to advance both the energy efficiency of our economy as well as the share of renewable energy generation, under consideration of our regulatory framework, political system, and consumer attitudes. An example of this work is the Fraunhofer Plug and Play PV systems project, which he leads as Principal Investigator.

Before joining Fraunhofer CSE, Christian was Vice President of Product Marketing and Management at Luminus Devices, which grew from an MIT start-up company to a world leader for specialty LED products. There, he was responsible for the successful commercialization of Luminus' high power light emitting diodes into the consumer electronics industry, and for introducing energy-efficient lighting products into energy savings markets.

Prior to this, he worked at LNL Technologies, Bandwidth Semiconductor, and Spire in a wide range of roles and technology areas, including lasers, photo detectors, III-V semiconductor device design and processing, planar light guides, and chemical vapor deposition. Christian received his PhD from the Free University Berlin, Germany, for work in thin film photovoltaics.

Recent Presentations and Publications

Hoepfner, C. (2018).
Few energy technologies capture the public's imagination like solar power. The ever-present sun is so powerful, it has...
Hoepfner, C. (2018).
Few energy technologies capture the public's imagination like solar power. The ever-present sun is so powerful, it has...
Hoepfner, C. (2018).
Few energy technologies capture the public’s imagination like solar power. The ever-present sun is so powerful, it has...
Hoepfner, C., Nouel, C. (2018).
In Massachusetts and across much of the country, the push is on for “grid modernization.” The “grid” is at a critical...
Singh, R., Hoepfner, C. (2017).
Being a clean-tech startup amidst today’s uncertain political priorities and tightening R&D budgets is like being on a...
Hoepfner, C. - May 16, 2017
Building Integrated Solar - Pathways to Ubiquitous Power Generation. 2017 TechConnect World Innovation Conference, TechConnect & Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI). Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Potomac 6, Oxon Hill, MD.
Hoepfner, C. - March 23, 2017
Photovoltaics - the Path to Ubiquity. Meeting of the ASM Boston Chapter, ASM Boston Chapter. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge, MA.
Hoepfner, C. - February 11, 2017
Panel: Creative Financing & Entrepreneurship for a Better Energy Future. Tufts Energy Conference, Tufts University. Tufts University ASEAN Auditorium, Medford, MA.
Hoepfner, C. - November 2, 2016
Panel: Current State of Smart Grid Technology and Standards. FOCUS: 2016 Smart Grid, German Center for Research and Innovation. German House, New York, NY.
Kromer, M., Hoepfner, C., Ashmore, J. (2016).
Reducing the Cost of Residential-Scale PV Through 'Plug & Play PV' Systems and Standardized Electronic Workflows. In: 2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC). Portland: IEEE, pp. 3481-3486.
Hoepfner, C. - April 25, 2016
Kromer, M., Hoepfner, C., Ashmore, J. (2016).
Hoepfner, C. - October 31, 2015
Panel: Energy Policies - The Balance Sheet. German American Conference at Harvard, Harvard University. Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Kromer, M., Hoepfner, C., Ashmore, J. (2015).
Making Plug & Play PV Systems a Reality: A framework for driving down the cost of residential solar installations in the United States. In: White Paper sponsored by DOE. .

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Christian Hoepfner, Ph.D.
Executive Director
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