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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe Preview 2024 / 2024

    ReMatBuilt: How residual materials become high-performance construction products

    Press Release / February 21, 2024

    Betonbaustein aus rezyklierten Zuschlagstoffen und Reishülsenasche mit einer Reisstroh-Dämmung
    © Fraunhofer WKI

    When it comes to sustainable development, the construction industry faces great challenges. In the ReMatBuilt project, experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI and their partners are proving that the tasks associated with this can be solved with high-performance construction materials made of recycled and waste materials. They will be presenting their solutions to specialist audiences at the Hannover Messe Preview on February 21, 2024.

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe Preview 2024 / 2024

    Total versatility: flexible test station with cobot

    Research News / February 21, 2024

    Die KI-gestützte Bildauswertung ist direkt im Kameramodul des Roboterarms integriert. Wenn die Analysesoftware Mängel entdeckt, benachrichtigt das System die Mitarbeitenden, die den Fehler beheben können.
    © Fraunhofer IEM / Janosch Gruschczyk

    Manually checking the quality of components or products in industry is labor-intensive for employees and error-prone on top of that. The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM is unveiling a solution that provides total versatility in this area. In an it's OWL supported collaboration with ATM producer Diebold Nixdorf and software specialist verlinked, Fraunhofer IEM has created a combination of collaborative robot (cobot), AI-based image analysis and IoT platform. The system frees employees from having to perform visual inspections and can be incorporated into all kinds of testing scenarios. The Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting a demonstrator at the Hannover Messe Preview on February 21, 2024.

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  • Advanced materials for solar fuel technology / 2024

    When sunlight becomes fuel

    Research News / February 01, 2024

    Luftaufnahme des Solarturms und des Spiegelfeldes des DLR, Jülich. Das Spiegelfeld bündelt die Sonnenstrahlung auf den Solarturm und heizt den Solarreceiver auf.
    © Synhelion

    Producing sustainable fuels from solar energy is an ambitious project and presents major challenges to people and material. In the MAfoS project, researchers at the Fraunhofer Center for High Temperature Materials and Design HTL are developing materials for the first industrial solar-to-fuel demonstration plant.

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  • Future urban air mobility / 2024

    Radar network for safe flight operations at vertiports

    Research News / February 01, 2024

    Radarnetzwerke für die Future Urban Air Mobility
    © Fraunhofer FHR/Andreas Schoeps

    For the first time, visitors at the 2024 Olympic Games will be able to fly to venues using air taxis. Vertical takeoff aircraft such as drones, multirotors and air taxis will take off from and land on pads known as vertiports. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR are developing an entirely digital sensor network, including a radar sensor, that in the future will be able to closely monitor air traffic at a vertiport and ensure safe flight operations. The system includes decentralized active and passive sensors with fully autonomous functionality, linking to each other and collectively sensing the port.

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  • RNAi therapy for viral respiratory diseases / 2024

    The virus hackers

    Press Release / February 01, 2024

    Die Wirksamkeit der RNAi-Wirkstoffkandidaten wurde in vitro erfolgreich an menschlichen Präzisionslungenschnitten getestet, die mit Parainfluenza-Viren (rot) infiziert waren. Die Zellkerne sind in Blau und Zilien in Grün dargestellt.
    © Olga Danov

    A research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM and the Hannover Medical School (MHH) have made significant progress in developing a new antiviral therapy. The drug, which is inhaled, uses RNAi to target and deactivate parainfluenza viruses before they multiply.

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  • Reproducible in-vitro canine skin / 2024

    Lab-grown canine skin provides a canvas for testing medical treatments

    Research News / February 01, 2024

    Die Haut von Hunden ist empfindlich. Mit dem Hundehaut-Äquivalent aus dem Labor lassen sich Therapeutika und Pflegeprodukte auf Wirksamkeit und Verträglichkeit testen.
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    Reproducible in-vitro canine skin has been grown in a laboratory setting for the first time by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB. The research team developed a full-thickness dog skin equivalent based on native skin cells. This makes it possible to precisely test medical treatments in vitro on the sensitive skin of dogs. The skin equivalent can even be used to test the compatibility of care products such as shampoo or soap - eliminating the need for animal testing.

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  • Bioeconomy / 2024

    Innovations in poultry farming: UV disinfection instead of antibiotics

    Research News / January 02, 2024

    Innovative UV-Desinfektionslösungen können den Einsatz von Antibiotika in der Geflügelzucht verringern.
    © iStock

    Infectious diseases pose a huge problem in poultry farming. Poultry farmers are often forced to rely on antibiotics to tackle this issue. However, this can sometimes result in germs developing resistance to these drugs. These resistant pathogens then find their way into our food via animal products. The frequent use of antibiotics can therefore pose potential health risks to both animals and humans. With the help of a compact device that combines several processes, including UV disinfection, photocatalysis and particle filtration, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB, Institute for Advanced Systems Technology (AST) have been working alongside their partners to sustainably reduce the use of antibiotics while improving the air quality in barns to promote animal welfare.

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  • Environmentally friendly crop protection / 2024

    Targeted pest control with RNA spray

    Research News / January 02, 2024

    © Fraunhofer IME | Leonie Graser

    Protecting plants efficiently against pests without harming other organisms — this is the objective of the joint research project ViVe_Beet, which is coordinated by the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Scientists from the JKI Institute for Plant Protection in Field Crops and Grassland, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Institute of Sugar Beet Research (IfZ) are involved in the project. The strategy adopted by the project partners involves the use of customized double-stranded RNA molecules, incorporated into a suitable formulation. This formulation is then applied through conventional application methods to protect sugar beets from yellowing viruses in the future.

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  • Circular economy / 2024

    Electromobility: second life for electric motors

    Research News / January 02, 2024

    Das Projekt REASSERT verfolgt das Ziel, den Prototyp eines Elektromotors für die Kreislaufwirtschaft zu entwickeln.
    © Schaeffler

    An increasing number of electric cars are being sold, consequently raising the quantity of produced electric motors. At the end of their useful life, these electric motors are shredded and then recycled. The individual components and assemblies cannot be reused. So far, there has been a lack of sustainable value retention strategies for remanufacturing and recycling electric motors as part of a modern circular economy. In the REASSERT project, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA are working alongside industry partners to pursue various concepts for repairing, remanufacturing and reusing electric motors as well as new designs for the circular economy.

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  • Residue-free and sustainable removal of contaminants / 2024

    Remediation of contaminated wooden structures

    Research News / January 02, 2024

    Cyclodextrin-Gele als Adsorbermaterial umschließen die giftigen Holzschutzmittel und kapseln sie vollständig ein.
    © Fraunhofer IBP

    In Germany, there are around three million buildings that are contaminated with the toxic wood preservatives lindane and pentachlorophenol (PCP). Previous measures for minimizing contamination include insulating contaminated areas or disposing of treated wooden building materials as hazardous waste. However, these measures are neither sustainable nor cost-efficient. In the CycloPlasma project, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP are developing a new type of process to remove these decades-old contaminants — in the air as well as in contaminated wooden structures — in a way that is residue-free, sustainable and does not pose a health risk. For this purpose, the scientists have combined an innovative adsorber material with plasma technology.

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