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  • BAU 2017: Efficient and multifunctional ambient climate control / 2016

    Ceiling panel cools regardless of climate

    Research News / 1.12.2016

    The innovative cooling element reduces perceived temperature in just three minutes. Besides ambient climate control and lighting, the modular system also improves acoustics.
    © Photo Alexander Buff / Fraunhofer IBP

    The innovative cooling element reduces perceived temperature in just three minutes. Besides ambient climate control and lighting, the modular system also improves acoustics.

    Poorly maintained air conditioning systems cause mold or other bacteria to spread; they often also generate drafts and are costly to operate. An alternative technology that uses ceiling panels covered in special heat-conducting film operates well below the dew point. Designed by Fraunhofer researchers, the system offers hygienic cooling even in tropical climates, and uses up to 70 percent less energy. The multifunctional system will be launched at the BAU trade fair from January 16-21, 2017 as part of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance’s special show, “Fraunhofer CityLaboratory – creating living spaces” (Hall C2, Booth 538).

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  • Software VITRUV analyzes risks in advance / 2016

    Security planning for urban areas simplified

    Research News / 1.12.2016

    Risk analysis of an urban area in Oslo which includes empirical data on the use of buildings.
    © Photo Fraunhofer EMI

    Risk analysis of an urban area in Oslo which includes empirical data on the use of buildings.

    For the first time, security aspects regarding urban planning have already been taken into account during the design phase. Software identifies and analyzes specific risks, quantifies damages and proposes solutions. VITRUV supports city planners at all stages of their work and helps optimize existing infrastructures. Scientists will present their technology at Trade Fair BAU 2017 from January 16-21, 2017 in Munich at the Fraunhofer booth (Hall C2, Booth 538).

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  • BAU 2017: Pleasant indoor climate due to phase change materials / 2016

    Combination of insulation and thermal mass

    Research News / 1.12.2016

    The PCM cube maintains a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius until it is completley melted.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ICT

    The PCM cube maintains a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius until it is completley melted.

    When the summer sun burns in the sky, phase change materials (PCM) integrated in building envelopes absorb the heat – it remains cool inside. When it is getting colder outside, the materials give off heat. Several grams of these storage media can protect against overheating and undercooling for a long time. For the first time, researchers have combined insulating characteristics of foams with PCM thermal masses via established procedures of shaping processes. Due to this combination of materials the heat transfer through walls is reduced for hours.

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  • Intelligent energy management thanks to high-tech electric meters / 2016

    SmartMeters to use algorithms to analyze electricity consumption

    Research News / 1.12.2016

    Devices influence current and voltage in characteristic ways, and leave “fingerprints” that can be identified using special NILM algorithms at only one measuring point; they in turn produce a breakdown of each device’s energy consumption. NILM delivers itemized results for householders’ electricity bills.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IMS

    Devices influence current and voltage in characteristic ways, and leave “fingerprints” that can be identified using special NILM algorithms at only one measuring point; they in turn produce a breakdown of each device’s energy consumption. NILM delivers itemized results for householders’ electricity bills.

    Using innovative electric meters and smart algorithms, Fraunhofer researchers want to revolutionize energy management in the future. In cooperation with their partners, they have developed a method that breaks down total energy consumption appliance by appliance using a single, high-tech electric meter. A prototype will be exhibited at BAU 2017, and is set to go on sale next summer.

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  • BAU 2017: New planning method for construction companies / 2016

    Planning building projects faster and more efficiently

    Research News / 1.12.2016

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    Reference object »OfficeCenter Pionierkaserne« in Ingolstadt.

    Building Information Modeling, an innovative modeling method, displays blueprints clearly in three dimensions and provides additional information such as technical specifications and requirements, building costs and timeframes. Its main advantage is that all the various data sources are digital, so information can be merged coherently into joint models. Researchers will be presenting their projects on BIM at the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance’s special show, “Fraunhofer CityLaboratory – Creating Living Spaces,” at the BAU trade fair in Munich from January 16 to 21, 2017 (Hall C2, Booth 538).

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  • From Belgium‘s largest university in Leuven / 2016

    Honorary Doctorate for Fraunhofer President

    Research News / 10.11.2016

    Honorary Doctorate for Fraunhofer President
    © Photo KU Leuven/Rob Stevens

    Rik Torfs, Rector of the KU Leuven (center), gives Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (right), the Honorary Doctorate of Belgium‘s largest university.

    Prof. Reimund Neugebauer received the Honorary Doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven). The President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was honored by the Faculty of Engineering for his scientific work in the fields of mechanical engineering and production engineering. The largest university in Belgium is also one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe.

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  • German-Canadian research project / 2016

    Safe navigation through the Northwest Passage

    Research News / 2.11.2016

    A German-Canadian research project aims to navigate ships safely through the Northwest Passage in the future.
    © Photo Lee Carson, NORSTRAT Consulting, Canada

    A German-Canadian research project aims to navigate ships safely through the Northwest Passage in the future.

    The Northwest Passage is becoming navigable for longer periods of the year. Ship traffic, however, still bears hazardous risks. A German-Canadian research team co-initiated by Fraunhofer wants to change that. In the project PASSAGES, it is conducting the preparatory work for a safe navigation through the icy waters.

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  • New Biomaterials for Cell Cultures and Regenerative Medicine / 2016

    Stable Biological Coating for Implants

    Research News / 2.11.2016

    A scientist from Fraunhofer IGB cultures cells to form a functionalized extracellular matrix – the click ECM.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGB

    A scientist from Fraunhofer IGB cultures cells to form a functionalized extracellular matrix – the click ECM.

    The extracellular matrix (ECM) regulates all important cell functions and is an interesting biomaterial for scientists. Fraunhofer has developed an ECM that contains artificial chemical groups which supports natural cell behaviour outside the body. It can be applied as a stable coating on implants or be used in cell culture dishes.

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  • electronica: OLED Technology / 2016

    The energy-saving data glasses

    Research News / 2.11.2016

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed an energy-saving display that reduces the power consumption to a fraction.
    © Photo Fraunhofer FEP

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed an energy-saving display that reduces the power consumption to a fraction.

    Data glasses mirror information to the eye without interfering with the wearer‘s vision. However, the battery runs down quickly, because the electronics consume a great amount of electricity while playing back the images. Fraunhofer researchers have developed an energy-saving display that reduces the power consumption to a fraction. The new display will be presented at the electronica trade fair in Munich from November 08-11, 2016.

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  • Additive manufacturing / 2016

    3D printing: customized insoles for diabetes patients

    Research News / 2.11.2016

    With a combination of different structures in an insole, localized rigidity is digitally adjustable.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IWM

    With a combination of different structures in an insole, localized rigidity is digitally adjustable.

    In the past, insoles for patients with diabetes were hand-made by orthopedic shoemakers. In the future, these specialist shoemakers will be able to produce insoles more cost-effectively thanks to new software and the use of 3D printers. This approach means the mechanical properties of each insole can be assessed scientifically and more effectively.

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