The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) announced the appointment of Dr. Christian Hoepfner to Center Director.
The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) has announced the appointment of Dr. Christian Hoepfner, the Center’s current Scientific Director, to Center Director. Dr. Hoepfner brings a diverse set of research and business skills as well as an established track record of business success to the Center Director role. In his previous position as Fraunhofer CSE’s Scientific Director, Dr. Hoepfner oversaw the Photovoltaic Technologies, Building Energy Technology, and Distributed Electrical Energy Systems research groups as well as Fraunhofer CSE’s TechBridge Program, a commercialization model that leverages the worldwide Fraunhofer research network to support early-stage energy startups.
Before joining Fraunhofer CSE, Dr. Hoepfner worked for 10 years at various start-up companies in the Boston area, most recently as Vice President of Product Marketing and Management at Luminus Devices, where he was responsible for the successful commercialization of Luminus' high power light emitting diodes into the consumer electronics industry, and for introducing energy-efficient lighting products into energy savings markets. He received his PhD from the Free University Berlin, Germany, for work in thin film photovoltaics.
Over the past five years, Fraunhofer CSE has grown from a small start-up into a national leader in sustainable energy systems research and development serving a wide range of industrial clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms. In 2013, Fraunhofer CSE moved into a state-of-the-art facility – known as the Building Technology Showcase (BTS) – in Boston’s Innovation District. To bring the BTS from vision to reality, the Center enlisted the support of dozens of manufacturers and other partners from the buildings and construction industries, who donated energy-efficient services, systems, and materials to the effort.
In 2012, Fraunhofer CSE was awarded a 5-year, $11.7 million project award from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative, a collaborative national effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade. The Center’s research project focuses on the development of “plug and play” solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that can be purchased, installed, and connected by homeowners without the need to engage outside consultants or contractors. This project is part of a larger $21 million DOE investment aimed at developing technology solutions that reduce the “soft” costs of residential solar PV systems – the non-module hardware costs that now account for a majority of the total cost of residential systems, and represent a significant barrier to wider adoption of solar power in the United States.
For more information: http://cse.fraunhofer.org/press-releases/fraunhofer-cses-announces-leadership-changes/
Online-survey: What would you like to see in the hotel of the future?
Vibrating beds, perhaps, or smartphone check-in and LED lighting? As part of the FutureHotel project, Fraunhofer IAO is asking guests to tell them what features are desired for tomorrow’s hotels. The results of the online survey will go on to form the basis of IAO's research as they continue to work on shaping the hotel of the future.
To the survey http://www.eresult.de/umfragen/futurehotel_2013_usa/
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