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

MA State House Representatives Solomon Goldstein-Rose (first row, 2nd from right) and Jon Hecht (4th from right) look on as Dr. Cordula Schmid explains adhesive mounting of solar modules in our DOE projects Plug & Play PV and PVRD2.

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Last month, Fraunhofer CSE was honored to host Massachusetts State House Representatives Jon Hecht (29th Middlesex District) and Solomon Goldstein-Rose (3rd Hampshire District) as they toured our Living Lab in South Boston.

We were excited to provide Representatives Hecht and Goldstein-Rose with a first-hand look at Fraunhofer CSE's research, development, and demonstration of cleantech and clean energy technologies in Massachusetts. During the visit, Fraunhofer CSE staff and Representatives Goldstein-Rose and Hecht discussed numerous Fraunhofer CSE projects in the Commonwealth, including new bio-based insulating foams, the newly opened Energy Storage Integration Lab, and the SHINES SunDial project. This Fraunhofer CSE-led project with partners National Grid and IPKeys integrates solar photovoltaic (PV), energy storage, and facility load management at the distribution scale in Shirley, MA. The $7 million project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy with $3.5 million, with the remainder coming from the project partners and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

Of the many things demonstrated and discussed at the meeting, most important was Fraunhofer CSE's and the legislators' joint mission to keep Massachusetts at the forefront of energy innovation. Representatives Hecht and Goldstein-Rose expressed sincere interest in Fraunhofer CSE’s investment and contributions to exploring the technologies and commercialization pathways Massachusetts needs to achieve its clean energy and climate goals.

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