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  • ILA 2016: More robust and more accurate measurement technology / 2016

    Measure greenhouse gases from space

    Press Release / 19.6.2016

    Directly bonded fused silica GRISM (Prism + Grating) with grating at the inner surface.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IAO

    Directly bonded fused silica GRISM (Prism + Grating) with grating at the inner surface.

    Space agencies examine the extent of greenhouse gases in the air via prisms and gratings in satellites. New technology now makes it possible to connect both components with each other so that they are suitable for space thus achieving a new level of quality for spectral resolution.

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  • Industry 4.0 approaches can improve the development and manufacture of glass optics.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPT

    Industry 4.0 approaches can improve the development and manufacture of glass optics.

    When manufacturing optical lenses, every detail counts. In order to stabilize and optimize the manufacturing process, Fraunhofer researchers are using digitalized processes. At the Optatec trade fair in Frankfurt from June 7 to 9, Fraunhofer experts will be showing how Industry 4.0 approaches can improve the development and manufacture of glass optics (hall 3.0, booth D50).

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  • EWeLiNE project launches new forecasting platform / 2016

    Better Forecasting For Solar And Wind Power Generation

    Research News / 1.6.2016

    The new demonstration platform „EnergyForecaster“ depicts forecasts for the feed of renewable energies in general (left) and for photovoltaics and wind energy in particular (right). Over all, more than 20 different warnings and forecasts can be displayed.
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    The new demonstration platform „EnergyForecaster“ depicts forecasts for the feed of renewable energies in general (left) and for photovoltaics and wind energy in particular (right). Over all, more than 20 different warnings and forecasts can be displayed.

    The sun does not shine and the wind does not blow with constant intensity. This is a problem for the power grid, where the power supply must always match the power demand. In the EWeLiNE project, Fraunhofer and the German Weather Service have been working to develop better models for forecasting the generation of renewable electricity. Now they have launched a platform for transmission system operators to test the new models live.

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  • New process for eco-friendly phosphorus recovery / 2016

    IFAT 2016: Fertilizer from wastewater

    Research News / 1.6.2016

    The electrolysis cell ePhos® extracts nitrogen and phosphorus purely electrochemical. The process is very straightforward and doesn’t require to stock chemicals.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGB

    The electrolysis cell ePhos® extracts nitrogen and phosphorus purely electrochemical. The process is very straightforward and doesn’t require to stock chemicals.

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed a market-ready system that can be used to obtain fertilizer from wastewater for direct use in agriculture. A licensee is already marketing this patented technology in North America and the process itself is particularly eco-friendly. The scientists showcase it on IFAT, world‘s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management from May 30 to June 3, 2016 in Munich (hall A5, booth 217/316).

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  • Dank eines neuen Sensors ist es künftig möglich, den Herstellungsprozess von Wandfarben und Lacken direkt und in Echtzeit im Reaktionsbehälter zu untersuchen.
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    Dank eines neuen Sensors ist es künftig möglich, den Herstellungsprozess von Wandfarben und Lacken direkt und in Echtzeit im Reaktionsbehälter zu untersuchen.

    Developing wall paints and varnishes presents a big challenge for manufacturers. One reason is that samples merely enable them to estimate what the dispersion behavior in the reaction container will be. By teaming up with PDW Analytics GmbH, Fraunhofer researchers are now for the first time able to monitor the production of paints, varnishes and adhesives continuously and in real time – allowing them to design more efficient processes.

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  • The fight against plastic waste / 2016

    Sorting black plastics according to type

    Research News / 1.6.2016

    Sorting machine with conveyor belt, which transports the shredded plastic waste.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IOSB

    Sorting machine with conveyor belt, which transports the shredded plastic waste.

    Recycling black plastics, such as those found in car instrument panels, used to be impossible because their absorption properties made them simply invisible to typical optical analysis systems. But Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new technology that can sort black plastics according to type – and at affordable prices.

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  • Mobile, reliable, direct and secure / 2016

    Satellite communication of the future

    Research News / 1.6.2016

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    At the »Facility for Over-the-Air Research and Testing (FORTE)« the algorithms of the KASYMOSA antenna will be tested with different movement profiles.

    In disasters, rescuers usually communicate via satellite if phone and mobile telecommunication is out. But that has drawbacks: Once the data lines are overloaded, the connection disconnects. In addition, there barely are systems available yet for moving vehicles. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new antenna system which reliably transmits data via satellite with a high-bandwidth and which is suitable for mobile use.

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  • The characters of LAIKA’s films. On LAIKA’s fifth film they will be utilizing the powerful universal print driver Cuttlefish from Fraunhofer IGD
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    The characters of LAIKA’s films. On LAIKA’s fifth film they will be utilizing the powerful universal print driver Cuttlefish from Fraunhofer IGD

    The features of 3D printing are significant for the movie industry. The US animation studio LAIKA, relies on using the cutting edge software and 3D printing hardware to make its films. A new collaboration with Fraunhofer and Stratasys now adds the ability to print thousands of precise colors and subtle gradients in plastic, achieving color accuracy unseen in the past.

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  • IFAT 2016: Sustainable water infrastructure concept / 2016

    Rigid water pipes, fit for the future

    Press Release / 23.5.2016

    Rain and gray water, which is not recycled by the household, flows into the “energy alley“ – a green strip with plants that thrive on moisture. They stand with their roots in the water, absorb the remaining nutrients and even have ideal growing conditions.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ISI

    Rain and gray water, which is not recycled by the household, flows into the “energy alley“ – a green strip with plants that thrive on moisture. They stand with their roots in the water, absorb the remaining nutrients and even have ideal growing conditions.

    At IFAT 2016 Fraunhofer presents a modern, intelligent and sustainable water energy transition concept for urban areas. It will be implemented during the next three years in the city of Lünen, Westphalia. Visitors of the booth will be able to experience the project results via a digital game platform. At May 31 and June 2, 2016 the presentation of the results and the serious game will take place at 4.00 p.m. at the booth (hall A5, booth 217/316).

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  • ILA 2016: Blisk manufacturing for aircraft engines / 2016

    Significant cost saving potential in Blisk manufacturing

    Press Release / 19.5.2016

    A new study compares different process chains in Blisk manufacturing from an economic and technological point of view.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPT

    A new study compares different process chains in Blisk manufacturing from an economic and technological point of view.

    Fraunhofer researchers have analyzed different process chains for Blisk manufacturing and identified significant cost saving potential in a benchmarking study – a strong motivation to increase effort for the development of advanced manufacturing processes for serial production.

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