Fraunhofer USA-CMI Welcomes New Energy Systems Team

In the past year, Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation had the exciting opportunity to unite with the Fraunhofer USA - Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, and expand our core competencies  into the realms of building technologies and grid integration of distributed energy resources. 

 Fraunhofer’s Energy Systems team works to accelerate the development and adoption of sustainable energy technologies through collaborative technology development and field testing and evaluation projects with companies, government entities, and academic institutions.

 Expertise in Sustainable Energy Systems includes:

  • Energy-efficient buildings and building technologies
  • Building control and performance assessment algorithms
  • Solar PV
  • Energy Storage
  • Microgrids
  • eMobility
  • Interoperability, codes, and standards

The new team at Fraunhofer USA CMI is led by Dr. Kurt Roth, a veteran in the field of Building Energy Systems.  He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and Sigma Xi, has presented at numerous conferences and meetings, and authored more than sixty ASHRAE Journal "Emerging Technology" articles. Additionally, he is Co-Principal Investigator for the DOE Solar Energy Technology Office SHINES project. 

SHINES project
This is a four-year research project to design, develop, and demonstrate an integrated and optimally controlled system of solar photovoltaic (PV), energy storage, and facility load management at the utility distribution scale in Massachusetts. Fraunhofer is working together with National Grid, IPKeys, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to address the two greatest issues currently facing solar power - the intermittency of energy generation and the mismatch between a fluctuating supply with a more steady demand. For more information on the SHINES Project, check out 

We are anticipating fantastic future collaborations between Fraunhofer USA CMI’s Automation and Custom Machine Development team and the Building Technologies and Grid Integration R&D teams to help achieve a sustainable energy future.  You can learn more about our energy work at:

To learn more about Fraunhofer USA CMI or to discuss your application, do not hesitate to contact us:

Bill Mosolgo; Business Development