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

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

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...

A Standardized Test Protocol for Evaluating Residential Energy Storage Systems.

Yip, T., Kromer, M., Lu, Y. - September 25, 2018. Solar Power International. SEIA, Smart Electric Power Alliance. Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.
Tsz Yip presents; Hall D, Poster Showcase Area.

Sundial: Enabling High Penetration Solar through Integrated Energy Storage and Demand Management. Session: Smart Energy Management Systems..

Kromer, M. - September 25, 2018. Solar Power International. SEIA, Smart Electric Power Alliance. Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.
Matt Kromer presents at 12 PM in the session Smart Energy Management Systems, location 203AB. Fraunhofer CSE exhibits...

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


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

Our Partners


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