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The Photovoltaics (PV) Techologies group's mission is to accelerate the growth of solar energy generation by conducting applied research on innovative photovoltaic modules, new materials and components, and systems integration.

We help to reduce cost, increase efficiency, and enhance durability of PV technologies in support of our clients’ commercialization efforts. An experienced team of scientists and engineers, supported by a world-class network of research partners, focuses on areas with the greatest need for innovation.

We support development from proof-of-concept to pilot production, and full production. Our expertise includes optical and thermal design, process development, and durability assessment of PV modules and systems. In addition, we develop safe and efficient mounting methods and systems for photovoltaics.

Recent PV News

Solar Power Northeast 2018.

Fraunhofer CSE, cleantechnotes.org, February 26, 2018. The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) was pleased to participate in this month's Solar Power...

Massachusetts State Reps Visit Fraunhofer CSE’s Living Lab in South Boston.

Fraunhofer CSE, cleantechnotes.org, February 15, 2018. Last month, Fraunhofer CSE was honored to host Massachusetts State House Representatives Jon Hecht (29th Middlesex...

Upcoming Events

Massachusetts Clean Energy Day.

May 24, 2018. NECEC. Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Day will showcase the growing vitality of the clean energy industry and the importance of...

Solar Power International.

September 24, 2018 - September 27, 2018. SEIA, Smart Electric Power Alliance. Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.
Fraunhofer CSE presents its research in solar PV, storage, and grid integration at booth 393 (hall A).

Latest Presentations & Publications

Poster Session: Durability Challenges for the Adhesive Mounting of Conventional PV Modules for Residential Solar.

Honeker, C., Watts, A., Lloyd, A., Schmid, C., Booth, D., H.B. Fuller, Inc. - February 27, 2018. PV Reliability Workshop. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Lakewood West Sheraton, Denver, CO.
Christian Honeker presents.

Poster Session: Adhesive Mounting of Conventional PV Modules for Residential Solar.

Honeker, C., Watts, A., Lloyd, A., Schmid, C. - February 12, 2018. U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office Portfolio Review. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Wardman Park Marriott, Washington, DC.
Christian Honeker presents.

Poster Session: SunDial - An Integrated SHINES System to Enable High-penetration Feeder-level PV.

Roth, K., Kromer, M. - February 12, 2018. U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office Portfolio Review. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Wardman Park Marriott, Washington, DC.
Kurt Roth and Matt Kromer presents.

Lab and Testing Facilities

The Photovoltaic Technologies Group has indoor prototyping and testing capabilities in the Center headquarters in Boston and also takes advantage of the outdoor testing capabilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Revere, Massachusetts.

Our Research Facilities

Partnerships

Fraunhofer CSE partners with a wide-array of leading governmental, industry, academic and research institutions around the world.

Our Partners

Contact

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Cordula Schmid, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Photovoltaic Technologies
Office +1 (617) 714-6515
Email