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  • ACHEMA 2015

    Automated ion analyzer for space missions

    The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is scheduled to launch its Eu:CROPIS research satellite into orbit in early 2017. Its purpose is to test a biological life-support system for future human space missions. The satellite’s payload includes an ion analyzer developed by Fraunhofer. This compact device will automatically monitor all of the system’s internal processes. The scientists will present the analyzer at ACHEMA 2015 from June 15 to 19 (Hall 9.2, Booth D64).

  • ACHEMA 2015

    Microalgae – produced on a commercial scale

    Many products, including food supplements, cosmetics and biodiesel, are made from substances derived from microalgae. A fully automated pilot plant operated by Fraunhofer in Leuna is capable of producing microalgae on pilot scale. The concentration of algae in its reactors is five times higher than in conventional closed reactors. The researchers who designed the plant will be exhibiting it at the ACHEMA 2015 show in Frankfurt am Main from June 15 to 19 (Hall 9.2, Booth D64).

  • BIO 2015

    Merlin – the digital lab notebook

    Merlin, the digital lab notebook

    Scientists have to clearly document their experiments in a reproducible way, but depending on time pressure and the workflow in the lab, that is often adifficult task. “Merlin”, a digital lab notebook developed by he Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, aims to make scientific documentation easier in the futue.

  • Diamond-like coatings save fuel

    Coating engine components with hard carbon reduces friction to almost zero – a development that could save billions of liters of fuel worldwide every year. Now researchers have developed a new laser method to apply the coating on the production line.

  • Natural rubber from dandelions

    Dandelions are modest plants that are an excellent alternative source for a raw material of high demand: natural rubber, the fundamental ingredient in rubber products. Fraunhofer researchers have established the basis for the large-scale production of high quality rubber with Russian dandelion.

  • A concert hall for on the move

    Researchers have developed new audio software that creates a natural three-dimensional sound. Whether you‘re listening on your smartphone or in the car, it feels like you’re right there in the concert hall.

  • Plasma makes wounds heal quicker

    Many people suffer from skin disorders. Open wounds are a particularly acute problem, especially among the elderly. PlasmaDerm, a new medical technology solution, uses plasma to facilitate faster healing of wounds.

  • To understand every word

    Hearing-impaired people face a challenge at the theater or cinema. Fraunhofer technology promises a remedy integrated into two apps made by Sennheiser Streaming Technologies GmbH. They allow the hearing impaired to adjust the sound to match their individual needs – allowing them to follow the story through their headphones.

  • Fast charging electric bus does overtime

    Electric buses are an eco-friendly alternative to diesel. With several project partners, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a concept to swiftly recharge buses while they operate routes. System testing in Dresden has been underway since November last year.

  • Banknote check with ultra-fast line scan sensor

    Speed and accurate image reproduction are the alpha and omega of quality inspection in security printing. Conventional image sensors are limited in this regard. Fraunhofer researchers have developed an ultrafast line scan sensor that delivers high-quality images and identifies banknotes with faulty safety features.


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