Behind the Curtain: Fraunhofer CSE on the Global Cleantech Meet-up Innovation Tour

High-impact networking isn’t the only thing happening at next week’s Global Cleantech Meet-up – attendees will also have an opportunity to embark on the Innovation Tour, a  self-guided walk through the research centers and companies that make Massachusetts one of America’s leading forces for clean energy innovation. For registered Meet-up participants who are interested in getting an inside look at Fraunhofer CSE’s operations, we’re offering two great tour opportunities on October 18th:

10 – 11 AM: Cambridge Facility @ 25 First Street

Fraunhofer CSE opened its Cambridge offices in 2009; since then, we have steadily expanded our capabilities to tackle major projects for clients such as Dow Corning and the US Department of Energy. Our Cambridge facility currently houses lab facilities for our three technical teams, including a thermal testing lab, a sensors and data acquisition lab, and design, fabrication and testing facilities for solar modules and other PV technology. Visitors will get an opportunity to see these capabilities first-hand while learning more about Fraunhofer CSE’s industry-focused research and validation services.

Fraunhofer CSE researchers at work in the Center’s failure analysis lab.

Fraunhofer CSE researchers at work in the Center’s failure analysis lab.


4 – 5 PM: The Building Technology Showcase @ 5 Channel Center

Fraunhofer CSE’s Building Technology Showcase (BTS) project is an ambitious retrofit of a historic 100-year-old warehouse into an LEED-certified, energy-efficient research center and educational exhibit. To date, over 40 companies have donated building materials, systems and services to this project, including technologies like radiant flooring, hydronic cooling, PCM (phase change material) insulation, and a high-efficiency elevator. Once integrated, the performance of these donations will be monitored by CSE’s researchers, giving donors access to valuable real-world data and ultimately paving the way for wider adoption.

Since it was first announced, this “living lab” project has received widespread media attention, including stories in the Boston GlobeMass High Tech, and Renewable Energy World. Construction is currently scheduled for completion in December 2012, with an official opening ceremony following early next year. The BTS tour gives Meet-up attendees an exclusive early look at this unique building.

A radiant heating system being installed at the Building Technology Showcase.

A radiant heating system being installed at the Building Technology Showcase.

As part of this tour passes through a construction site, tour group members will be required to dress accordingly:

  • No open toed shoes or high heels
  • No shorts or dresses
  • Helmets and eye protection provided by Fraunhofer CSE must be worn at all times

A separate poster session will lay out key features of the new building, and identify some of the most innovative technologies driving energy savings and occupant comfort.

Space on both tours is highly limited, so early sign-ups are highly recommended.  And if you haven’t registered for the Global Cleantech Meet-up yet, there’s still a week left to get involved in this can’t-miss event. We’ll see you there!


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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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