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  • © Photo Fraunhofer IWES | HHS Architekten

    Since its founding in 2009, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES has grown to almost 600 employees. As part of their strategic development and alignment, both divisions of the institute have developed largely independent profiles. The Executive Board and Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have therefore decided to continue the branches of the institute as independent institutes as of January 2018: as IEE and IWES. For customers and industry partners, the sharpening of the profile will facilitate a clear allocation of activities.

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  • Joint letter of intent with Portugal’s research funding agency / 2017

    Fraunhofer drives intelligent agriculture forward

    Press Release / 8.12.2017

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    Fraunhofer signed a joint letter of intent in Lisbon yesterday with FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia), the Portuguese research funding agency. The letter lays out plans to advance the digitalization of agriculture and forestry, including using digital technologies to manage agricultural and forest areas more precisely and sustainably. A joint task force will be set up to develop potential application areas and scenarios.

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  • Optimized maintenance and inspection concept for offshore wind energy turbines / 2017

    Inspecting rotor blades with thermography and acoustic monitoring

    Research News / 1.12.2017

    Industrial climbers abseiling down a rotor blade.
    © Photo Seilpartner GmbH

    Wind turbines have a design life of 20 years. The rotor blades must be regularly inspected at least once every four years to verify their structural integrity. This type of work is performed by industrial climbers. But the problem with inspecting offshore installations is that access is only possible when wind and weather conditions permit. This makes it very difficult to plan inspection visits. In the Thermoflight research project, Fraunhofer scientists are working together with industrial and research partners to investigate alternative inspection methods. The use of offshore drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras in combination with acoustic monitoring systems could potentially improve maintenance efficiency and help reduce downtime.

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  • Underwater robot from Germany on a survey mission in Canada / 2017

    Remains of historic aircraft found

    Research News / 1.12.2017

    The “Raise the Arrow” team gathers for a photo behind the AUV.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IOSB-AST

    DEDAVE is an innovative autonomous underwater vehicle developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Now the deep-diving robot has had its first chance to prove itself in action as it helped hunt down historic test models of a Canadian interceptor aircraft in Lake Ontario. The mission has been a success, with two of the confirmed eight aircraft models already tracked down.

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  • Monitoring security glass panes / 2017

    Smart alarm system recognizes attempted break-ins

    Research News / 1.12.2017

    Test series with the smart security glass in the laboratories of Schott Technical Glass Solutions GmbH
    © Photo Fraunhofer INT

    There is a huge selection of glass break detectors on the market. Although these detectors reliably trigger an alarm when window panes break, they do not register all other ways in which burglars can interfere with a pane. To counter this, Fraunhofer researchers have created a new type of alarm system that recognizes any attempt to manipulate the window. It registers temperature changes in real time as well as vibrations caused by external interference with the glass, leaving burglars with no chance.

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  • A new generation of OLED microdisplays with extended full HD / 2017

    Lightweight, compact VR glasses made possible by large-area microdisplays

    Research News / 1.12.2017

    Thanks to a cleverly designed system concept and modern design methodology, the new OLED microdisplay achieves a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
    © Photo Claudia Jacquemin

    VR glasses are increasingly popular, but they have usually been heavy and oversized – until now. Large-area microdisplays are expected to change that, because they make it possible to produce ergonomic and lightweight VR glasses. The new OLED displays now reach very high frame rates and achieve extremely high resolutions with “extended full HD”.

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  • Bioprocessing Technology / 2017

    Measuring optimally with spheres

    Research News / 1.12.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer ENAS

    Bio-reactors are the cooking pots of biochemists and bio-technologists, in which pharmaceutical agents, enzymes or nematodes are produced for the purpose of biological pest control. A nutrient solution (such as heat, oxygen, acid or alkali) is used to regulate the pH value and the desired product is formed. The more optimal the conditions are, the greater the yield will be. Fraunhofer researchers have now developed spherical probes to more effectively monitor and streamline the manufacturing process.

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  • Medica 2017: Augmented reality in the OR / 2017

    AR glasses help surgeons when operating on tumors

    Research News / 2.11.2017

    AR glasses enable the doctor to precisely locate the site of the lymph node during surgery.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGD

    Malignant tumors often form metastases that spread to other parts of the body via the lymphatic system. High surgical skills are required to identify the precise location of the affected lymph nodes, enabling them to be completely removed. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a navigation aid that simplifies such interventions. 3D-ARILE is an augmented reality (AR) system that superimposes a virtual image of the exact position of the lymph nodes using data glasses. The new system will be presented to the public at the Medica trade fair, from November 13 to 16.

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  • Medica 2017: Electrowetting and confocal microscopy / 2017

    A powerful duo

    Research News / 2.11.2017

    Bracket with EWOD chip and connections for probe injection and the circuits.
    © Photo Fraunhofer FIT

    An important aspect of pharmacology is understanding how active drug ingredients cross-react with endogenous molecules. But until now, such reactions could only be determined after the event. The precise details of the interacting factors remained unclear. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new technology that enables biochemical reactions to be monitored from start to finish at the single-molecule level.

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  • Productronica 2017: The communications infrastructure of the future / 2017

    Beyond 5G – after the next generation

    Research News / 2.11.2017

    In the TERRANOVA project, Fraunhofer IAF is focusing on the integration of wireless modules at the chip level. The image shows a functional prototype of a 300 GHz multichannel wireless system for further integration as a system-on-chip.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IAF

    Today it is already becoming apparent that the data rates offered by the coming 5G mobile communications standard will not sate private users’ and industry’s hunger for data for very long. That is why Fraunhofer experts are already working on 6G together with partners from industry and research as part of the EU-sponsored TERRANOVA project. Up to the end of 2019, the TERRANOVA team will be working on embedding terahertz wireless solutions into fast fiber optic networks, developing new frequency bands and thereby laying the foundation for a resilient communications infrastructure that is equipped to cope with the demands of the future.

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