Fraunhofer USA Centers and Offices

Our US Research Centers advance the fields of Advanced Manufacturing, Molecular Biotechnology, Sustainable Energy, Laser Technologies, Coatings and Diamond Electronics, Experimental Software Engineering and Energy Innovation in the US and strengthen Transatlantic Collaboration in Education, Applied Research and Innovation.  

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Continuous Wafer Synthesis for Solar Cell Production: A custom-designed automated system for uninterrupted crystal-to-wafer growth.

Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation

The Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI), the oldest Fraunhofer USA center, is located on the campus of Boston University. The Center conducts advanced R&D and engineers custom automation solutions and instrumentation for a broad range of industries, including biotechnology, photonics, manufacturing and renewable energy.

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The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE is developing Plug and Play PV Systems to dramatically reduce the soft costs of residential PV installations.

Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) research areas cover energy generation, efficiency, and distribution technologies, with a special focus on building energy efficiency, distribution grid technologies, and solar photovoltaics. R&D activities utilize capabilities such as energy systems design, materials and systems testing in the laboratory and field, code and standards assessments, behavioral and usability impact studies, and analysis of energy technologies on the national scale.


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Fraunhofer USA Center for Laser Application- Additive manufacturing of aerospace component

Fraunhofer USA Center for Laser Applications

The Fraunhofer Center for Laser Applications (CLA) carries out research and development in the field of laser applications for materials processing. The Center has a wide range of expertise in laser processing technology, including welding, cutting, heat treatment, process control, cladding and additive manufacturing.

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3 brillant cut single crystal diamonds

Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies

The Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies (CCD) offers expertise in PVD: Carbon based and Ceramic Coatings and CVD: Diamond Synthesis, Microwave Material Processing and Characterization, Plasma Machine Development, Micor and Nano Structuring and Manufacturing.

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Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering

The Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering (CESE),founded over 15 years ago, is partnered with the University of Maryland. Their scientists are experts in the advancement of software development.

The Center offers innovative, effective, and scalable approachesto software and systems engineering,powerful testing and verification strategies and tools, and state-of-the-art measurement and analysis methods.

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Developing glass compositions

Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation

The Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation (CEI) at the University of Connecticut engineers technologies to address emerging fields of energy storage, fuel cells, in-stream hydro, power management and distribution. 

The center offers research and development in batteries and energy storage, fuel cells and electrolyzers, microgrid engineering and environmental technology.

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Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology 9 Innovation Way, Newark, DE

Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnolgy

The Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biotechnonolgy (CMB) was established in 2001 as a partnership with the State of Delaware.




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Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies

Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies (DMT) promotes and supports the products of Fraunhofer IIS in the United States. When it comes to advanced audio technologies for the rapidly evolving media world, Fraunhofer IIS is unsurpassed. For more than 25 years, digital audio technology has been the principal focus of the Audio and Multimedia division of Fraunhofer IIS. From the creation of mp3 and the co-development of AAC to the future of audio entertainment, Fraunhofer IIS brings innovations in sound to reality.

Today, technologies such as Fraunhofer Cingo® for immersive sound for VR, Fraunhofer Symphoria® for automotive 3D audio, AAC-ELD and EVS for telephone calls with CD-like audio quality, and MPEG-H Audio that allows television viewers to adjust dialogue volume to suit their personal preferences are among the division’s most compelling new developments.

Fraunhofer USA Headquarters

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Fraunhofer USA HQ located in the Spinnaker Office Building

Fraunhofer USA Headquarters, located in Plymouth Michigan, serves as the centralized HR and administrative office for Fraunhofer USA.