Fraunhofer CSE - About Us

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

A selection of images from the Fraunhofer CSE lab teams.

Applied Contract Research in Sustainable Technologies

Based in Boston, MA, the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) is an applied research and development laboratory dedicated to the commercialization of clean energy technologies. CSE engages in collaborative research and development with private companies, government entities, and academic institutions, performing research that broadly benefits firms, industries, and society.


Our partnerships take a wide variety of forms, including confidential co-development programs, third-party technology validation, technology commercialization assistance for early-stage cleantech companies, and targeted research initiatives to promote the profitability and technical leadership of US industry. (See case studies for examples of each.)


Founded in 2008 and supported by the Massachusetts state government, the CSE is part of an international research network spearheaded by Germany's Fraunhofer Society, Europe's largest contract R&D organization. In Germany, the Fraunhofer CSE is closely partnered with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) in Stuttgart.


Research Areas

The Fraunhofer Society

For sixty years, Germany's Fraunhofer Society (FhG) has played a vital role in the research and commercialization of new technologies in Europe. Today, Fraunhofer is comprised of 80 institutes and centers spread across the world. The majority are located in Germany, with additional centers and representative offices in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the US. In total, Fraunhofer employs 20,000 people worldwide, most of which are qualified engineers and scientists.


Under the "Fraunhofer Model", each center strives for excellence in one particular area of applied sciences, allowing the center to offer clients deep, focused research in a variety of fields. Contract research makes up the majority of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's €1.5 billion annual research budget, with the remainder being paid for by state and federal funding.


Fraunhofer USA

US flag.Fraunhofer USA is a 501(c)3 company incorporated in the State of Rhode Island. Fraunhofer USA performs applied research under contract to government and industry with customers such as federal and state governments, multinational corporations as well as small to medium-sized companies. Fraunhofer's research benefits society in many ways. Each Fraunhofer USA research center is closely affiliated with at least one of the 60 Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany.




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