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Perspectives H2 – how to stay mobile

The coronavirus pandemic has shown how quickly traffic patterns can change. Is this the beginning of the age of hydrogen?

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Bioeconomy

The bioeconomy is driving the change towards a sustainable and climate-neutral economy. It offers the potential for sustainable so-lutions that conserve resources and create prosperity at the same time.

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Toward a more resilient society

After months of lockdown and anxiety, there’s growing optimism that the world’s current vulnerability might develop into a new source of strength. In our connected world, it no longer suffices merely to overcome a crisis. We must also learn to grow from the experience.

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Fraunhofer vs. Corona

Working at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic, Fraunhofer experts are supporting the efforts of industry and society to cope with the immediate effects and the consequences to come.

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Health Research in 4D

Drugs, diagnostics, devices and data are the four major areas of medical science.

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Hydrogen Technologies

Fraunhofer’s expertise includes materials and systems and their production and use in the energy sector, in industry and in mobility as well as in interdisciplinary topics such as security and service life.

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Green gains

Sustainability – the tie that binds ecology and the economy closer together.

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Leaps and bounds in quantum technologies

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and IBM are bringing the first quantum computer to Germany – with other quantum technologies in the pipeline.

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Safeguarding critical infrastructure

Energy, water, food, fuel, information, transportation – ensuring a supply of these essential services and commodities is vital for a properly functioning society and economy. Fraunhofer is devising solutions and strategies to safeguard our critical infrastructure.

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How a digital twin can save lives

Diagnostic hypotheses and personalized therapies: artificial intelligence has begun to revolutionize the fight against cancer.

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Mobile communications technology 5G

The extremely powerful mobile communications technology is what makes Industrie 4.0, autonomous driving and so much more possible.

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Preserving cultural heritage – through research and high-tech

How can cultural heritage be protected and preserved? The Executive Board Project ‘Cultural Heritage’ involves Fraunhofer researchers developing the technologies required.

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Biological Transformation

Materials, structures and principles of nature enable mankind to operate sustainably.

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Defense against drones – the danger on the radar screen

Drones are useful, but they can also be dangerous if misused for terrorism. Fraunhofer is developing technology designed to serve as a defense against unmanned aerial systems.

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Blockchain – A technology with great potential

Blockchain technology could make business transactions significantly more secure and easier, for example, for the global trade in goods.

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Batteries of the future

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.

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Cognitive Machines

Screwing, drilling, welding or bonding: ANNIE, the mobile assistive robot developed at Fraunhofer IFF, allows direct human-machine cooperation.

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Smart Data – The stuff innovations are made of

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.

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Natural Products for Biotechnology

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.

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News

Fraunhofer IAO

The changing face of the automotive industry – employment prospects in 2030

Study by Fraunhofer IAO examined future employment and skills requirements at Volkswagen.

Würzburg / 1.12.2020

Project launch KERES

Protecting cultural heritage in Germany from extreme climate events.

Press release / September 09, 2020

EUV developers from TRUMPF, ZEISS and Fraunhofer nominated

Press release / September 03, 2020

Prof. Harald Kuhn takes over the management of Fraunhofer ENAS and a professorship at Chemnitz University of Technology

 

Fraunhofer magazine 3.2020

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The »Fraunhofer Attract« grant is the excellence stipend programme of Fraunhofer. »Fraunhofer Attract« invites outstanding researchers to develop their ideas towards innovations at Fraunhofer.

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12.1.2021

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Thum has joined Fraunhofer ITEM as institute director

On January 1, 2021, Prof. Thomas Thum joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM in Hannover as new institute director. He will hence-forth manage the institute together with Prof. Norbert Krug, who has been director of Fraunhofer ITEM for the past four years. In addition, Prof. Thum has accepted the call to a full professorship in “Translational validation of innovative therapeutics” at the nearby Hannover Medical School (MHH), a position that is linked to the Fraunhofer Institute directorship.
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11.1.2021

Solar technology with the beauty of butterfly wings

Photovoltaic and solar thermal systems are not always considered aesthetically enhancing to a building. The coloured modules, however, being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE are refreshingly challenging this perspective. Inspired by the phenomen that causes the shimmerings shades of blue or green of the wings of the morpho butterfly, the underlying mechanism of spectrally selective reflectance allows the finished modules to be a homogenously uniform colour. Whether you want gorgeous bright tones or more subdued greys it is possible to design the solar module colour to enhance or blend with the building to which the module will be mounted. These colourful modules will be exhibited at the next BAU trade fair.
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11.1.2021

A flow of fresh air protects against coronavirus

People who are required to serve a large number of customers at a checkout or counter are at a particularly high risk of exposure to COVID-19. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, a type of air lock was therefore developed to shield work stations from the surrounding air using constant ventilation. This “protective canopy” will be unveiled to the public from January 13 to 15, 2021, at the online BAU trade fair.
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11.1.2021

Digital assistant for building owners

Estimating the cost of a major construction project is complicated and time-consuming. That is why a Fraunhofer team developed a tool that makes the planning process and cost estimates in particular significantly easier – digital interior specifications, which will be exhibited at the online BAU 2021 trade show from January 13 to 15, 2021. It is especially suited for recording the specifications of complex research facilities that do not come off-the-shelf.
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