Fraunhofer USA Inc.'s Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) has opened its first laboratory, a PV module innovation facility, in Cambridge, Mass.
The new PV module laboratory enables research, development, testing and evaluation of new materials and production processes for photovoltaic solar modules with the aim to increase module energy yield, reduce cost and extend module durability, the CSE says.
The center's photovoltaic expertise is complemented by the CSE Building Energy Efficiency Group, which performs work related to energy-efficient buildings and components. Areas of focus include deep energy retrofits, residential energy management and building-integrated photovoltaics. To support these activities, an additional laboratory is currently under development, incorporating indoor as well as field-testing capabilities.
SOURCE: Fraunhofer USA Inc.