Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI
Dr. Kurt Roth leads Energy Systems applied R&D at Fraunhofer USA. The team collaborates with industry on applied research to develop, analyze, test, demonstrate, and evaluate building technologies and technologies that enable integration of large quantities of renewable power with the electric grid. He has served as a co-PI on several multi-year DOE technology development and demonstration projects, including: 1) Using communicating thermostat data to perform remote home performance assessments; 2) Optimizing dispatch of MW-scale PV, energy storage, and facility load management to enable the electric grid to reliably integrate high levels of PV; 3) Developing a boiler performance assessment tool; and 4) Developing an integrated process to reduce the cost of and time to deliver high-performance exterior wall retrofits. Dr. Roth has also led several studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of building technologies, including HVAC, building controls and diagnostics, and information (IT) technologies, as well as studies to characterize building energy consumption by different end uses. He has presented at numerous conferences and meetings and authored more than sixty ASHRAE Journal "Emerging Technology" articles. Dr. Roth received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in mechanical engineering. He is a member of ASHRAE, NESEA, and Sigma Xi, and serves on the WPI Architectural Engineering Advisory Board and the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee.