TIGI partners with Fraunhofer CSE, APR 2012

Apr-2012

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) announced 37 industry partners who are participating in the Center’s Building Technology Showcase, a first-of-its-kind research and demonstration building for sustainable technologies in the City of Boston’s Innovation District.

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) announced 37 industry partners who are participating in the Center’s Building Technology Showcase, a first-of-its-kind research and demonstration building for sustainable technologies in the City of Boston’s Innovation District. These partners are contributing a combined total of $2.7 million in advanced energy technologies and services for the building, and commit to working with Fraunhofer CSE on research projects to be deployed and integrated into the new “living laboratory.”

Fraunhofer CSE is performing a deep energy retrofit and renovation of the historic, 100-year-old building at 5 Channel Center in Boston to transform it into a sustainable energy R&D facility. The Center’s goal is for the Building Technology Showcase to play an important role in accelerating the adoption and acceptance of cutting-edge building energy technologies in Massachusetts and the United States. The building will be Fraunhofer CSE’s new headquarters, housing its advanced research labs and staff.

TIGI, an Israel based technology company, is the maker of the Honeycomb Collector, a Solar-Thermal collector for hot water generation.  The TIGI Honeycomb collector uses a highly innovative technology and design to insulate the collector from a colder environment.  The collector is currently undergoing certification for Europe and is expected to greatly improve economies in solar-thermal projects thanks to superior efficiencies, especially in colder regions as in the American Northeast.

“Fraunhofer CSE’s diverse list of participants shows that companies from around the world are drawn to Massachusetts’ vibrant and growing clean energy sector,” said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Chief Executive Officer Patrick Cloney. “We are thrilled to see three companies—Pythagoras Solar, Oree and TIGI—who have either participated in the Governor’s trade mission to Israel or in MassCEC’s Global Clean Energy Week, sign on to use this facility because they see the value of doing business in Massachusetts.”

“Our participation in this project is consistent with our belief in the significant potential for solar heating, both for sanitary water and space heating, in North America, especially in large scale industrial and commercial applications” said TIGI’s CEO Zvika Klier. “Solar heating represents a tremendous market need that could be finally
addressed with viable economies through the launch of TIGI’s honeycomb collectors.”

“Developing sustainable technologies will improve energy efficiency and create jobs,” Congressman Stephen F. Lynch said. “I commend Fraunhofer CSE for bringing together such a diverse group of partners to take this project beyond a research lab, developing it as a learning environment for the next generation of clean energy leaders.”

“We are committed to making the building a venue where everyone—from seasoned architects and construction executives to students still deciding their future career paths—can visualize the performance and potential of the technologies incorporated into the building,” said Nolan Browne, Managing Director of Fraunhofer CSE. “Our goal is to present the information in innovative ways that engage visitors and create demand for these energy-saving systems and sustainable products in the market.”

About Fraunhofer CSE: The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) is an applied research and development laboratory conducting R&D for industry and government clients in the areas of Solar Photovoltaics, Building Technologies and Technology Commercialization for early-stage cleantech companies. Fraunhofer CSE’s mission is to foster economic development through the commercialization of clean energy technologies for the benefit of society.

For more information on the Building Technology Showcase at 5 Channel Center in Boston, visit http://cse.fraunhofer.org/bts.

For more information on TIGI and the Honeycomb collector, visit www.tigi.co.il

For more information about Fraunhofer, visit http://cse.fraunhofer.org/