Fraunhofer is developing the next generation of batteries. The spectrum includes the whole range of energy storage: from the smallest applications such as button cells, to large stationary systems such as redox-flow batteries.
Digitalization is a phenomenon that increases the industry’s need for data protection, secure data exchange, and sovereignty over proprietary data that represents the economic lifeblood of many companies.
Insects have ingenious survival strategies. The researchers of the Fraunhofer IME project group Bioresources want to make it possible to use these talents in bioeconomy. They're investigating interesting insects such as ladybugs, aphids and burying beetles.
"Energiewende": An energy transition. Over 2000 Fraunhofer staff members are researching the widest possible variety of technologies in order to make sure that in the future more electricity enters power grids from renewable sources. One example is the concentrator solar cell.
Cyber security is the basic prerequisite for digitalization. Whether it is in automotive, production, critical infrastructure or digital services, confidence in the safety of new technologies is indispensable.
Real-time communication: Why the Internet has to become tactile
The Internet of the future will greatly enrich many areas of life: From industry to health care provision, all the way to traffic management and intelligent logistics. The essential foundation for all this will be 5G, the next generation of mobile communications.
In the future, virtual reality (VR) users will be able to interact even more simply, more naturally and in real time between real and virtual worlds. A scene from the real world can be transferred into virtual reality and, from there, feedback can be reflected in turn into the real situation. A new X-reality technology that makes this possible is being displayed by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI at the CeBIT, Booth E78 Hall 27.
Quick identification of multidrug-resistant pathogens
If doctors diagnose a patient with blood poisoning, the patient will immediately be administered a broad-spectrum antibiotic. In many cases, however, the drug is ineffective. Multidrug-resistant pathogens are often the reason why sepsis spreads through the body, ultimately resulting in the patient’s death. As things stand, antibiotic resistance tests can take several days. In the PathoSept project, Fraunhofer researchers and partners are developing an end-to-end modular system that reduces the time needed to identify antibiotic-resistant pathogens to nine hours.
Modular measurement wristband for personalized dementia therapy
Dementia is an age-related disease that is becoming ever more prevalent as demographics change. It affects primarily people over the age of 80, with this group accounting for more than 70 percent of all dementia sufferers. Caring for these patients is an enormous challenge for their families and caregivers, especially since, in most cases, key health data lacks any useful structure and is not available when it is needed. It is hoped that a miniaturized, modular measurement and advisory system being developed in a joint project that includes Fraunhofer researchers will soon ease this situation. The system uses inconspicuous sensors to automatically measure dementia patients’ health and care data and suggests personalized treatment options based on their current condition.