Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) was pleased to participate in the recent ARPA-E (Advanced Research Products Agency-Energy) Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C., with several staff members, and a booth at the technology exhibition.

The event, now in its eighth year, and hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and ARPA-E, showcases the nation’s leading transformational energy technologies with the goal of bringing them to market. It also provides a forum for America’s energy industry community to address challenges and opportunities through invention and collaboration.

Currently, Fraunhofer CSE is working on two ARPA-E Single-Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Design (SHIELD) projects. Fraunhofer is working with Triton Systems on developing a multilayered coating for manufactured windowpanes that could improve the efficiency of single-pane window units. In another project, Fraunhofer CSE is working with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) to develop an affordable and highly insulating aerogel windowpane technology for retrofit applications. The Summit offered opportunities for CSE’s project lead Dr. Nitin Shukla to discuss commercialization opportunities and possible avenues for future collaboration.

At Fraunhofer CSE’s booth, the SunDial project was showcased; a three-year public-private project to design, develop, and demonstrate an integrated system of solar photovoltaic (PV), energy storage, and facility load management at the utility distribution scale in Massachusetts. The project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office with Fraunhofer CSE, National Grid, IPKeys, and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) contributing matching funds, will create a control system that optimally manages facility loads and energy storage charging and discharging to mitigate potential problems due to intermittency and large ramps in PV power generation.

Also on display at the booth were several exciting energy-saving building envelope materials developed with our global academic and industry partners. The display was very well-attended, as there is much interest in the next generation of sustainable, energy efficient thermal insulation materials.

Throughout the 3-day Summit, Fraunhofer CSE’s TechBridge Program Lead, Nick Rancis, was extensively involved in networking and building relationships with international energy incubators and accelerators, startups interested in Fraunhofer CSE’s services, and corporate innovation and venture capital representatives who were interested to learn how the TechBridge Program works.

Lastly, the Summit brought together representatives from other Fraunhofer USA centers, including the Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies (CCD) in East Lansing, Michigan and the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation (CEI) in Storrs, Connecticut.

We thank the U.S. Department of Energy for the opportunity to share our work with the community and engage with innovative thought leaders and experts in our field.

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