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  • Changes to the Fraunhofer Executive Board: departure of Prof. Verl

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Verl

    Prof. Verl, Executive Vice President Technology Marketing and Business Models for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V., is stepping down for personal reasons and by mutual agreement, effective September 1, 2015.

  • Pulses for better posture

    In an effort to find a better treatment for spinal curvature in children and young people, the EU’s “StimulAIS” project is focused on electrostimulation of muscles. Fraunhofer scientists worked with partners from industry and research to develop a prototype implant that would do the job.

  • Gas sensors sound the smoldering fire alarm

    Smoke detectors are everywhere, but still thousands of people die in fires annually. Fire gas detectors, which detect carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, identify fires at an early stage. Thanks to a new measurement principle developed by Fraunhofer researchers, these costly sensors will soon be inexpensive and ready for the mass market.

  • Wastewater to irrigate, fertilize and generate energy

    To meet the requirements of Asian cities, researchers are adapting an idea they have already applied in Germany for comprehensive water management: They are developing a concept for reducing water use, treating wastewater and extracting fertilizer for a strip of coastline in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang.

  • Making effective use of voluntary help

    In crisis situations, aid organizations have to manage the great numbers of volunteers who spontaneously appear wanting to help. In the INKA project, Fraunhofer researchers have taken a look at how to better recruit, retain and make effective use of volunteers in disaster control.

  • IAA 2015

    Efficient heating for electric cars

    If you don‘t want to freeze in your electric car, you have to make a few concessions, because heating devours a substantial portion of power supply. Fraunhofer researchers will exhibit the demo model of a highly energy-efficient heating system for electric cars at the IAA: a coated film that produces a broad, radiant heat.

  • Recycling permanent magnets in one go

    Electric motors or wind turbines are driven by powerful permanent magnets. The most powerful ones are based on the rare earth elements neodymium and dysprosium. In future, a new process route realized by Fraunhofer researchers will enable the fast and cost-effective recycling of these crucial materials.

  • IAA 2015

    Wireless charging and discharging for electric vehicles

    In the future, a wireless charging system will allow electric cars not only to charge their batteries, but also to feed energy back into the power grid, helping to stabilize it. The cost-effective charging system achieves high levels of efficiency across the whole power range, from 400 watts to 3.6 kilowatts, while the car and the charging coil can be up to 20 centimeters apart. Fraunhofer researchers are presenting their prototype from September 15 to 18, 2015 at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt (Hall 4, Booth D33).

  • Space probes: sterile launch into outer space

    Components used on a space mission must be cleaned meticulously. Fraunhofer researchers designed a cleanroom for the ESA (European Space Agency) in which the most infinitesimal contaminants can be removed. These experts, together with partners, are sterilizing ESA’s “ExoMars” Mars rover, scheduled for launch in 2018.

  • Smart driver seat that responds to gestures

    A multitude of professional drivers suffer from back problems. One cause: driver seats that are inadequately adjusted to each driver‘s ergonomic needs. Fraunhofer‘s researchers, in joint collaboration with Isringhausen GmbH & Co. KG, engineered a driver‘s seat whose shape and position can be adjusted by using simple hand gestures.

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