Press Releases

  • Medical engineering / 2021

    A contact lens for the ear

    Research News / July 01, 2021

    No bigger than a button: the hearing contact lens® is the heart of the Vibrosonic alpha's hearing technology.
    © Vibrosonic

    Excessive noise, hearing loss, vascular constriction, old age – hearing difficulties can be caused by many factors. To help improve the quality of life of people with hearing impairment, Mannheim start-up Vibrosonic have developed a new, innovative hearing aid with an integrated loudspeaker that sits directly on the eardrum. This hearing contact lens® is not an implant, and the sound quality it delivers outperforms other hearing systems currently on the market. Vibrosonic is a spin-off company of the University of Tübingen’s ENT clinic and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA through its Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology PAMB.

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  • Chip-integrated optical infrared components / 2021

    Miniature spectrometer for the smartphone

    Research News / July 01, 2021

    Measurement setup with wafer prober, optical fiber probes and wafer with test structures.
    © Fraunhofer ENAS

    Recognizing fake drugs? Testing water samples ourselves? Checking the quality of air? In the future, it could be possible to do all this using a smartphone in a quick, cost-effective and straightforward way. The process is being made possible by a spectrometer, weighing just one gram, from the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS. The aim is to mass-produce this component for around a euro using conventional technologies.

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  • Home networking by radar / 2021

    OmniConnect project: Radar beams for networking and localizing everyday objects

    Research News / July 01, 2021

    Up to nine send/receive modules like these are integrated into the lamp structure. In this arrangement, they cover the entire room.
    © Fraunhofer

    In the OmniConnect project, Fraunhofer researchers are working with other partners on networking objects in indoor areas. They are doing this using radar beams and passive tags that are attached to moving objects, but also to people. This technology effectively detects the positions of the tags and therefore of the objects as well. It can also be used in the care sector, to avert dangers to people who are prone to falling.

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  • Circular economy / 2021

    Carbon black recycled from car tires

    Research News / July 01, 2021

    Top, primary product from left to right: raw rCB, clean rCB (96+), pearlized clean rCB (96+). Bottom, secondary products recovered from the ash, from left to right: liquid sodium silicate or "water glass", precipitated SiO2, precipitated ZnSO4.
    © Fraunhofer IBP

    Until now, waste tires have been used mainly for recovering energy sources: Only small proportions of the carbon black contained in these tires are recycled, since mineral ash accounts for around 20 percent of its content. A new process developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP is able to isolate almost all of this ash – allowing both the carbon black and the minerals from the ash to be reused.

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  • Safe human-robot collaboration / 2021

    Web-based design tool for better job safety

    Research News / July 01, 2021

    The Cobot Designer enables businesses to reduce their engineering work significantly when they are implementing their HRC applications.
    © Fraunhofer IFF

    The safety of people interacting with robots has top priority, especially when humans and robots are working side by side instead of being separated from each other by safety fencing. The Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF’s web-based design tool helps companies design their cobots. The Cobot Designer helps minimize the risk of accidents and increases employee safety. The tool is available as a free web application.

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  • Automated production of CFRP composite parts / 2021

    Sustainably produced high-speed helicopters

    Research News / July 01, 2021

    The sustainably produced helicopter is designed to travel at speeds of over 400 kilometers per hour.
    © Airbus Helicopters GmbH

    Fast, lightweight and fuel efficient: RACER, the high-speed helicopter reaches flying speeds of up to 400 kilometers per hour. The components of its outer shell are made by an innovative, highly automated manufacturing process. A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV developed the innovative, sustainable method together with Airbus Helicopters.

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  • New Institute Director / 2021

    Prof. Elizabeth von Hauff takes over as director of the Fraunhofer FEP

    Press Release / June 23, 2021

    © Kirsten van Santen

    As of June 1, 2021, Prof. Elizabeth von Hauff is the new director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden. In addition, Prof. von Hauff has been appointed to the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), Chair of Coating Technologies for Electronics.

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  • State and federal governments channel 42 million euros to Görlitz / 2021

    Fraunhofer Hydrogen Lab Görlitz — a model for successful structural transformation throughout Germany

    Press Release / June 17, 2021

    © Pawel Sosnowski

    The region of Lusatia has the expertise needed to create innovations and jobs in the hydrogen economy. The Saxon state government and the German federal government are confident of this. For that reason, they are jointly funding the newly established Fraunhofer Hydrogen Lab Görlitz (HLG) with over 42 million euros. With the HLG, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is establishing an internationally unique research platform. From the end of 2022, novel technologies for generating, storing and using hydrogen along the entire hydrogen value chain can be developed and tested in Görlitz for fuel cells. This will strengthen the region in its structural transformation, as it will allow companies to settle there or develop further to benefit from the future market of hydrogen through technological leadership. The HLG will be located at the Siemens Energy Innovation Campus, where Saxony’s Minister President Michael Kretschmer and the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier visited the future construction site of the hydrogen test laboratory together with other guests today.

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  • In an innovative circular economy pilot project, Fraunhofer, SABIC and Procter & Gamble have demonstrated the feasibility of closing the loop on facemasks to help reduce plastic waste and mitigate fossil resources depletion.
    © SABIC / Fraunhofer

    The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE and its Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have developed an advanced recycling process for used plastics. The pilot project with SABIC and Procter & Gamble serves to demonstrate the feasibility of closed-loop recycling for single-use facemasks.

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  • In the digital presence of Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek and Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann, on June 15 leading figures from Fraunhofer and IBM will officially unveil Germany’s first IBM Quantum System One to the public. With 27 qubits, this is currently the most powerful system anywhere in Europe.

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