Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

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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Fraunhofer at IMTS 2018

Manufacturing the future – the evolution of Industrie 4.0 (Chicago, USA / September 10-15, 2018)

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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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Biological Transformation

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

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Fraunhofer Awards 2018

The Fraunhofer research awards ceremony take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 under the motto "#CognitiveSystems: Human and Artificial Intelligence shape the Future".

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Production of the future

Rigid factory streets are becoming modular and efficient systems, conserving resources. The human being is supported by assistance systems, new forms of human-technology interaction arise.

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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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The New Worlds of Work

How do the innovations of today shape the world of work in 2025?

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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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Technologies for the Energy Transition

"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.

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News

Fraunhofer opens new project center for lightweight automotive construction at the Opole University of Technology in Poland

Fraunhofer IDMT / 31.8.2018

Small enclosure, big sound, clear speech

Audio technology developed by the Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg used in Deutsche Telekom’s smart speaker.

Berlin / 22.6.2018

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award

CultLab3D: Automated scanning technology for 3D digitization by the Fraunhofer IGD is one of the winners of the prize.

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, Aachen / June 14, 2018

Environmentally friendly steel coatings: Fraunhofer ILT wins Steel Innovation Award

 

Substitution, efficiency, recycling: Fraunhofer presents solutions for optimised use of rare earths.

 

»Fraunhofer Attract«

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

 

Annual Report 2017

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft continues its successful course

2017 was another successful year for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and its institutes.

 

Andreas Meuer is appointed executive vice president for controlling and digital business processes

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

 

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Latest News

6.9.2018

Fraunhofer opens new project center for lightweight automotive construction at the Opole University of Technology in Poland

On September 6, 2018, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft opened its inaugural project center at the Opole University of Technology in Poland. The newly established research platform goes by the name of Fraunhofer Project Center for Advanced Lightweight Technologies (ALighT) and is the fruit of a partnership between the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU and the Opole University of Technology. This project center unites both partners’ expertise in the development of production processes, new design ideas and pricing strategies for the manufacture of lightweight hybrid components, in particular for the automotive industry.
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3.9.2018

The beginning of a revolution in packaging

Humankind has already produced more than eight billion tons of plastic. Every year, we add another 80 million tons of plastic packaging to the total, only half of which is recycled. The rest ends up in a garbage incinerator or as trash that pollutes forests, meadows, lakes and oceans. Dr. Sabine Amberg-Schwab from the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Wurzburg is on to something that could solve the problem – a new class of material called bioORMOCER®s.
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3.9.2018

New wood-metal hybrid for lightweight construction

Wood foam and metal sponge – can they be combined? That was the question that experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI delved into in a project entitled “HoMe Foam” – with HoMe being a German acronym for wood-metal – together with scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM. As a result, the contrasting materials come together in perfect harmony. The innovative new material mix boasts excellent insulating properties and has a low bending strength.
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3.9.2018

Pandemic prevention at airports

Global air travel isn’t restricted to people and goods – infectious agents, too, can make their way on board as unwelcome passengers and travel great distances within a matter of hours. In the air, the germs can spread unchecked. The HyFly joint research project aims to establish the scientific foundation for breaking chains of infection and, if possible, prevent pandemics. One way they hope to achieve this is by using a non-invasive method to identify infected individuals based on components in their breath.
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