Joseph Kennedy Tours the Building Technology Showcase

Joseph Kennedy (right) discusses technology policy with CSE Managing Director Nolan Browne (center) and Geoffrey Kinsey, CSE’s Director of PV Technologies (left).

Joseph Kennedy (right) discusses technology policy with CSE Managing Director Nolan Browne (center) and Geoffrey Kinsey, CSE’s Director of PV Technologies (left).

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting former Massachusetts Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, II at our new headquarters in Boston. As the son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy belongs to one of America’s most celebrated political dynasties; these days, however, he is best known for the work carried out through his non-profit organization, Citizens Energy.

To Massachusetts residents, Citizens is almost synonymous with its Oil Heat Program, which distributes free heating oil to needy households in 25 cold-weather states. But those JOE-4-OIL ads you see on the  TV and radio every winter represent only a small fraction of Citizens’ overall portfolio;  the organization also works extensively in renewables, including ventures into solar power, utility-scale wind energy, energy-efficient building, carbon offsets, and the transmission and distribution of clean energy. Most recently, Citizens launched the Solar Homes Program, which provides rooftop solar collectors to low-income homes in California’s Imperial Valley.

While at CSE, Kennedy met with senior members of our technical team, touching on a range of topics that included solar technology, innovative clean energy concepts, building up the Commonwealth’s cleantech cluster, and restoring America’s competitiveness in manufacturing. The discussion concluded with tour of our new labs and a brief overview of the Building Technology Showcase exhibit space.

Joseph Kennedy and CSE Managing Director Nolan Browne look at a Fraunhofer-developed phase change material.

Joseph Kennedy and CSE Managing Director Nolan Browne look at a Fraunhofer-developed phase change material.

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I'm Fraunhofer CSE's former Marketing Specialist, having worked at the Center from its founding in 2008 until 2013. In late 2013, I left the clean energy industry to pursue a career in enterprise software.
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