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  • Thermochemistry / 2021

    Thermal storage for the energy transition

    Research News / October 01, 2021

    © Fraunhofer FEP

    In Germany, 55 percent of final energy consumption goes towards heating and cooling. However, a lot of heat dissipates unused because it is not generated as and when required. Thermal storage using zeolite material allows heat to be stored for long periods of time without losing any. Fraunhofer researchers are now working on significantly improving the thermal conductivity of zeolites.

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  • Bioeconomy / 2021

    Eliminating microplastics on farmland

    Research News / October 01, 2021

    Farmers use mulch films to control weed growth and soil temperature. In the future, biodegradable mulch papers will decom-pose by themselves after the harvest.
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    In many countries, farmers and gardeners use mulch films to increase their crop yields. The films are often made of polyethylene and can be used to control weed growth, soil temperature and water consumption. Unfortunately the petroleum-based material is not biodegradable. Consequently, the film residues must be collected at the end of the season with considerable effort or they will pollute the fields. As part of the NewHyPe project, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC are working with European partners to develop sustainable, biodegradable mulch papers with a protective hybrid coating.

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  • Resilience as an extended security concept / 2021

    Making companies crisis-proof

    Research News / October 01, 2021

    An emergency event is divided into five stages in the resilience cycle.
    © Fraunhofer EMI

    Companies today face a variety of increasingly complex risks. Not least the pandemic has shown how crises can pose an existential threat to companies. The FReE tool of the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI, allows companies to measure their resilience and subsequently be prepared for upcoming crisis scenarios.

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  • Operating More Sustainably / 2021

    Reducing carbon emissions with net-zero technologies

    Research News / October 01, 2021

    Europe is supposed to become climate neutral by mid-century at the latest. Consuming less energy is one of the most effective ways to cut carbon emissions. The Fraunhofer IFF’s energy experts use their holistic net-zero concepts to create custom solutions modified for a business’s particular requirements.
    © Fraunhofer IFF/Dirk Mahler

    The EU intends to become climate neutral by 2050 – through the European Green Deal and a tax on carbon emissions. Fraunhofer-research scientists are helping businesses capitalize on net-zero technologies for this. They improve energy efficiency significantly and reduce carbon emissions.

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  • Filter solutions for high technology processes / 2021

    Clean air at all times

    Research News / October 01, 2021

    The researchers at Fraunhofer IWS use a multi-adsorption system to investigate the adsorption behavior of competing gases to find suitable filter substances.
    © Jürgen Jeibmann/Fraunhofer IWS

    Metal processing with lasers and plasma releases many different pollutants into the ambient air. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, together with partners, has developed a filter system that efficiently removes these substances from the air. The filter can be adapted to the various materials and substances released in each case. In the future, the technology will be used in other applications, such as additive manufacturing.

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  • #EMDinMyCountry and UN Ocean Decade Event / 2021

    Sustainable solutions for the blue economy

    Press Release / September 20, 2021

    GermanRov underwater cable mats: The four ISSS-hubs will make it possible to develop and test underwater technology under all possible ocean conditions.
    © GermanRov, Fraunhofer IGD

    At its event as part of the “European Maritime Day (EMD) in My Country” series and the “UN Decade of Ocean Science” on September 23, 2021, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will present the “Sustainable Sea and Ocean Solutions ISSS” innovation platform together with its European partner organizations. At this virtual event, experts from the worlds of science, business and politics will discuss current issues on the sustainable use of the world's oceans.

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    Janis Eitner, Director of Communications at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, headquartered in Munich, is leaving at his own request on December 1, 2021 and moving to the global systems partner of the mobility industry, Webasto SE, as Vice President Communications, Marketing & Brand. He succeeds Nadine Schian in this position. Eitner has worked at the headquarters of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for six years and held various management positions in Communications, most recently reporting directly to the President of Fraunhofer, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer.

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  • Sustainable building technology / 2021

    Watch out, mold: Fraunhofer solution simulates bamboo’s response to moisture when used in construction

    Research News / September 01, 2021

    Ideal für den Einsatz im Gebäudebau: Bambus ist ein hochwertiger Ersatzstoff für Holz und lässt sich auch ganz ähnlich verarbeiten.
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    As a rapidly growing renewable raw material, bamboo is an ideal substitute for wood. However, bamboo’s susceptibility to mold in damp conditions poses a problem. Researchers at Fraunhofer have now analyzed bamboo’s response to moisture under specific climatic conditions. By using simulation software, building owners can plan and implement measures to prevent the growth of mold.

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  • Increasing crop yields / 2021

    Satellites measure drought stress in plants

    Research News / September 01, 2021

    The sensor system to observe areas of the Earth will be installed aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
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    With a satellite system that measures drought stress in plants, two researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI, have now founded the spin-off ConstellR. Their technology enables the agricultural sector to optimize the irrigation of areas under cultivation to increase crop yields. The first sensor system will be launched into space in early 2022 and be installed on board the International Space Station (ISS).

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  • Sustainable battery production / 2021

    Environmentally friendly manufacture of battery electrodes

    Research News / September 01, 2021

    A fine coating film forms on the faster-rotating roller.
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    Conventional processes for manufacturing battery electrodes involve mostly toxic solvents and require a lot of space and energy. This is not the case with DRYtraec® – a new dry-coating process developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS. The technology is environmentally friendly and cost effective and can be used on a large scale, giving it the potential to revolutionize the manufacturing of battery electrodes.

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