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  • Offshore wind farms – measuring buoy reduces costs

    Building and operating offshore wind farms is an expensive business. To be able to estimate the profitability of the plants, first the wind potential must be determined. Fraunhofer researchers have now created a wind measurement buoy with sophisticated, precise measurement technology that supplies the necessary data.

  • Growing stem cells faster on seaweed

    Alginate forms a kind of supporting skeleton in the cell walls of certain kinds of algae. Fraunhofer scientists use the gel-like mass from Chilean seaweed as the substrate for stem cells. They can flexibly adjust the pore size and elasticity of the alginate, and it transports active ingredients and has better optical characteristics than plastic materials.

  • Meat and bone meal as a source of phosphorus

    Slaughterhouse waste is processed into meat and bone meal and subsequently fed to livestock or incinerated. This meal could be put to better use, though. It contains phosphorus, a scarce mineral used as fertilizer. A new system burns meal, producing ash that could be used as the raw material for phosphorus fertilizer.

  • Electric cars: batteries with brains

    The battery is the heart of the electric car. Fraunhofer researchers have developed an energy storage device which is significantly more cost-effective over the entire life cycle in comparison with previous models. If one of the more than one hundred battery cells is defective, it can be replaced easily. Until now, the entire battery had to be replaced.

  • Door manufacturer benefits from simulation tools

    Building burglary-resistent doors with thermal insulation is a challenge for manufacturers. Their complex structure provides holes for the flow of air. With scientific simulation methods, Fraunhofer researchers have designed an insulating construction on the computer – without expensive prototypes having to be built.

  • The Self-Catering Houseboat

    A life away from traffic noise and exhaust fumes – more and more people are drawn to water. Energy self-sufficient floating homes not only fulfill the criterion for this new lifestyle, they can also boost economy. Medium-sized companies, manufacturers, universities as well as two Fraunhofer Institutes work hand-in-hand on the autartec® project.

  • Fraunhofer and the University of Auckland to co-develop a bionic elbow joint

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the University of Auckland in New Zealand will work hand in hand for the next three years on a project to develop a novel arm orthosis for elbows – the “Bionic Joint”. The kick-off meeting for the international project was held on December 1 at the Fraunhofer-Forum Berlin. It was attended by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Professor Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and Dr Urs Schneider, project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart, who together presented the research collabo-ration.

  • Urban Futures Conference

    Innovative, Sustainable and livable cities of tomorrow

    Fraunhofer’s Urban Futures Conference, which takes place in Berlin on November 25 and 26, 2015, will offer participants a glimpse of the urban future. Scientists, engineers, politicians and economists will present new concepts for intelligent and sustainable urban innovation. The aim is to help transform our cities into clean and vibrant places to live and work.

  • Compamed 2015

    Robotic worm for head surgery can cut around corners

    Removing tumors from within the inner ear is a very delicate matter that typically requires surgeons to remove the entire mastoid bone. However, in the future, all doctors will need to do is cut a tunnel of 5 mm in diameter through the bone using a miniature robot named NiLiBoRo. The system is capable of adjusting its path while drilling through bone to steer around sensitive tissue such as blood vessels and nerves. Researchers will be displaying the new technology at the Compamed exhibition from November 16-19 in Düsseldorf (Hall 08a, Booth K38).

  • MEDICA 2015

    Fighting head lice effectively with plasma

    Once head lice have attached themselves to hair follicles, they can deftly evade detection and are therefore hard to kill. Infestations of these bloodsucking parasites are commonly dealt with using chemicals and a specialized nit comb. Fraunhofer researchers are developing a technological comb that can reliably eliminate head lice using plasma with no biocide agents or chemicals. They will present a working prototype at the MEDICA exhibition (Hall 10, Booth G05) in Düsseldorf.


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