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  • Forscher Michael Wilhelm vom Fraunhofer ICT
    © Fraunhofer / Bernd Hartung

    Heavy objects are a burden on the environment. Making heavy things lighter saves energy, conserves resources, promotes sustainability while improving the function and safety of products at the same time. Fraunhofer is developing a variety of innovative approaches.

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  • Interview with Christian Lindner

    The German finance minister

    Bundesfinanzminister Christian Lindner
    © Foto: Thomas Trutschel/photothek/dpa

    There’s a 60 billion euro gap in his budget, he’s had to put an emergency stop to the debt brake and a new era is looming in the world of interest rates: In this interview, German finance minister Christian Lindner makes a case for investing in the future. As he puts it, the very fact that so much has been left undone is what “gives us such wide scope for shaping the future.”

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  • Dr. Bernd Göckener vom Fraunhofer IME ist PFAS in deutschen Gewässern auf der Spur.
    © Fotografie: Jan von Holleben

    Toxic PFAS are endangering our water. Now there are plans to ban them in Europe. This presents the industrial sector with major problems because these “forever chemicals” are essential to many products and processes.

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  • Andreas Keller vom Fraunhofer IZFP
    © Hilde Harshagen

    Plastic has gone from being a valuable material to a trash problem. But as we can’t go without it, researchers are pulling out all the stops to make this multi-purpose material more sustainable.

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  • Weltraumaufklärungsradar TIRA in Wachtberg
    © Fraunhofer / Thomas Straub

    The EU wants to establish its own satellite network by 2027, with the aim of increasing the resilience of the European communications infrastructure and gaining technological sovereignty in space. Achieving this will require novel solutions.

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  • More than a facade

    Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate

    Moderne Gebäudefassade aus Stein und Glas des Kö-Bogen in Düsseldorf.
    © Foto: Ralf Ibing/ picture alliance

    Smart facades create comfortable temperatures: Facades protect buildings from the weather and are pleasing to the eye – but they can also offer a lot more. As temperatures rise across the globe, the outer walls of buildings have their work cut out for them.

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  • Savor in safety

    Food: Supplying the future

    Studioaufnahme für das Titelbild des Fraunhofer-Magazins mit IPA-Wissenschaftler Kevin Bregler.
    © Sven Döring

    When it comes to food, we are used to safety and constant availability. But crises and empty shelves have shown we can’t take that as a given. Fraunhofer researchers are working to achieve greater resilience.

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  • Interview with Friedrich Merz

    Chair of the union’s parliamentary group

    Friedrich Merz, CDU-Vorsitzender
    © Andreas Chudowski

    Interview with Friedrich Merz. As CDU chair and opposition leader, he argues for greater openness to technology. As an amateur pilot, he remains skeptical of the idea of flying a hydrogen-fueled plane.

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  • What drives the car of tomorrow?

    Mobility of the future

    Dr. Martin Heinrich vom Fraunhofer ISE will für das Auto der Zukunft mit der Karosserie Solarenergie einfangen.
    © Philipp Gülland

    Mobility of the future equals electromobility: a simple equation, and to see the proof, you need only cast your eye out to the street. In fact, global sales figures for electric vehi­cles − i.e., battery-powered and hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids and vehicles with fuel cells − increased more than tenfold between 2010 and 2021, from just about 838,000 to more than 9,345,000 vehicles. Germany was well at the head of this trend: although less than 6,000 electric vehi­cles were sold nationwide in 2010, the figure had jumped to 750,000 by 2021. The pioneering field of e-mobility faces a big challenge in the form of batteries; every stage brings up issues to resolve, from manufacturing to disposal. Researchers at institutes and developers at automotive manufacturers are working hard to increase the energy density of the batteries − which would, in turn, increase the vehicles’ range − through novel material combina­tions and new cell designs, improving the batteries’ safety and lifespan and reducing production costs.

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