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  • Space research / 2022

    Fraunhofer technology provides environmental satellites with vision

    Research News / August 01, 2022

    Doppelspaltbaugruppe während der Präzisionsmontage in der Koordinatenmessmaschine.
    © Fraunhofer IMM/Tobias Hang

    Pieces of plastic in the sea, chlorophyll content in bodies of water, the degree of drought in fields – since April 2022, the German environmental satellite EnMAP has been orbiting our Earth and will be collecting myriad data during its five-year mission. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems IMM and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF have developed various core components for the optical system of the hyperspectral satellite.

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  • Copper mining in Chile / 2022

    German-Chilean consortium investigates new ways of reducing arsenic in copper concentrates

    Research News / August 01, 2022

    Rohkupferschmelze in einem Hochofen.
    © Fraunhofer IWKS

    As the world's largest copper exporter, Chile is encountering a growing number of sulfur-based ore layers containing toxic arsenic in its copper mines. Conventional strategies for separating and landfilling arsenic are proving limited in this area. The German-Chilean project team, led on the German side by the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS, is working towards optimizing and advancing copper production processes so that Chile is able to tackle the problem of arsenic in the most effec-tive, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly way going forward.

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  • © Fraunhofer ISIT / Eric Shambroom, Fraunhofer / Wolf Heider-Sawall, Dr. Sandra Krey

    On May 19, 2022, the Fraunhofer senate elected the three executive vice presidents to the new executive units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Today, on August 1, they are taking up their respective posts. The executive board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is thus now complete and reflects the transformation of Fraunhofer’s organizational structure. Prof. Axel Müller-Groeling is taking over the Research Infrastructures and Digital Transformation executive unit. Elisabeth Ewen is heading up Human Resources, Corporate Culture and Legal Affairs, and Dr. Sandra Krey is leading Finances and Controlling.

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  • Applied neuroscience / 2022

    Technology that responds sensitively to people

    Research News / August 01, 2022

    Mathias Vukelic bereitet eine EEG-Messung vor und stellt mithilfe von Gel eine bessere Leitfähigkeit der Elektroden her.
    © AUDI AG

    How does work affect our daily lives and how does it affect our mental and physical health? How do technical solutions change people and how can devices be made more human-centric? A five-person team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO is investigating these issues. In the NeuroLab, a laboratory for neuroergonomics, scientists are researching concepts and methods for developing intelligent interfaces between technology and humans.

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  • Innovative drying technology / 2022

    FastDry® wall-drying technology is quick, quiet and energy-efficient

    Research News / August 01, 2022

    Die Wärmebildkamera zeigt: Im Segment rechts oben unmittelbar nach der Abnahme des FastDry®-Moduls, entweicht die Wärme aus der Wand. Die anderen Segmente mit FastDry® halten die Wärme in der Wand und benötigen daher deutlich weniger Strom.
    © Fraunhofer

    Until now, noisy and power-guzzling building dryers have normally been the only way of repairing water damage to apartments from leaking pipes or following heavy rain and flooding. The “FastDry”® technology developed by Fraunhofer researchers requires significantly less energy and works at least as quickly as conventional systems. The idea that underpins the technology is incredibly simple.

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  • Fraunhofer technology for respiratory patients / 2022

    High-tech vest monitors lung function

    Research News / August 01, 2022

    Die visuelle Darstellung zeigt die unterschiedlichen Bereiche der Lunge und ihre Belüftungssituation. Rot steht für schlechter belüftete Bereiche.
    © Fraunhofer IKTS

    Patients with severe respiratory or lung diseases require intensive treatment and their lung function needs to be monitored on a continuous basis. As part of the Pneumo.Vest project, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a technology whereby noises in the lungs are recorded using a textile vest with integrated acoustic sensors. The signals are then converted and displayed visually using software. In this way, patients outside of intensive care units can still be monitored continuously. The technology increases the options for diagnosis and improves the patient’s quality of life.

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  • Intuitive sound personalisation in vehicles / 2022

    Fraunhofer IDMT’s audio software enables an individual listening experience

    July 07, 2022

    Cockpit in einem Mercedes.
    © Mercedes-Benz Group

    Everyone hears differently – this applies inside a vehicle too. That is why Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg has developed a technological concept for fast and individual sound adaptation, which has been integrated into the multimedia system of vehicles from the Mercedes-Benz Group AG. At the heart of the development is an algorithm that easily adjusts the sound of music according to passengers’ wishes. Once set, the sound is optimally adapted to listening preferences.

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  • New tumor diagnostic method / 2022

    Quick and gentle breast cancer diagnosis

    Research News / July 01, 2022

    Biokonjugierte Quantenpunkte für Multiplex-Bioimaging und -sensorik für die Krebsforschung.
    © Dr. Holzapfel und Dr. Mutas/Fraunhofer-Zentrum für Angewandte Nanotechnologie CAN in Hamburg

    If breast cancer is suspected, doctors carry out a biopsy. However, this is invasive, painful and costly. It also takes several days to get the results. In the future, diagnosis could be made via a liquid biopsy of a patient’s blood — a gentle, cost-effective method that would deliver the results within just a few hours. A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP is working alongside partners on this innovative method.

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  • Fraunhofer spin-off for transport and logistics / 2022

    Tracking software for pallets, containers & much more

    Research News / July 01, 2022

    Using barcodes and the smartphone app, the current location of a load carrier is fed into Logistikbude’s system.
    © Logistikbude

    Load carriers such as pallets, crates or tanks are indispensable for transporting all kinds of products, but hardly ever get any of the limelight themselves. Fraunhofer researchers have devoted themselves to this topic and have now developed a software to track and make visible the paths of the load carriers. This gives the logistics sector enormous opportunities to improve efficiency. With Logistikbude, the Fraunhofer researchers have even founded their own spin-off.

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  • Fraunhofer accelerates the energy transition / 2022

    Green hydrogen from plant residue

    Research News / July 01, 2022

    Aus Holzabfällen sollen im Projekt H2Wood – BlackForest Biowasserstoff und biobasierte Koppelprodukte entstehen.
    © Leins Aktenvernichtungs GmbH / Jochen Weiblen

    Until now, the most common way to dispose of green waste and sewage sludge has been to compost or incinerate it. However, using these materials to produce the valuable energy source hydrogen would make far more sense. A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA is working towards this very goal. CO2 capture is key to this development: The CO2 that is generated during the production of hydrogen from waste is separated and then used as a raw material in the chemical industry, for example. In this way, the research team can produce carbon-negative hydrogen from organic waste using a variety of processes, which consequently remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

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