Fraunhofer in the USA

Fraunhofer USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and presently comprises seven research and development units, the Fraunhofer Centers.

Fraunhofer Center for Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation CEI

(Affiliate of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS)

Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation CEI at the University of Connecticut was established on July 25, 2013. The mission of the Center is to develop advanced technologies related to energy storage, fuel cells, in-stream hydro, power management and distribution through contract research.

Fraunhofer and UConn will cooperate in several areas. In order to develop highly efficient and cost-effective energy conversion and storage systems, the research will concentrate on modern functional materials such as metals, ceramics, micro- and nanostructures, as components for fuel cells and electrolyzers. On the UConn campus, components and subsystems are validated and integrated into flexible microgrid architectures. New methods of membrane and catalyst preparation will be developed, particularly for energy-efficient biofuel production.

Core areas:

  • Batteries and Energy Storage
  • Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers
  • Microgrid Engineering
  • Environmental Technology


In all these areas, the partners have comprehensive expertise, from raw materials to testing under realistic conditions. CEI offers solutions for small jobs as well as the complete product development for our customers.