Press Releases

  • © 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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  • Automotive industry: Automated cable measurement and evaluation system / 2017

    Simple, rapid determination of cable properties

    Research News / 2.11.2017

    The tests run automatically – all the user needs to do is clamp in the cable and press the start button.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ITWM

    Trying to fit all the necessary cables into a car is anything but an easy task. Simulations can be helpful, but the properties of each cable need to be precisely defined up front. The automated MeSOMICS measurement system enables carmakers, for the first time, to define these parameters simply and rapidly, without having to call on outside experts: a solution that saves time and money.

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  • MEDICA 2017: Growing human stem cells / 2017

    Laboratory in a bag

    Research News / 2.11.2017

    3D cell models can form in the hanging droplets.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IST

    Human stem cells are considered a major new hope in the field of medicine. In the future, it is expected that they will make it possible to treat a wide range of ailments such as neurodegenerative diseases. With LabBag®, Fraunhofer researchers have developed an all-in-one system in the form of a transparent bag that provides a cheap, fast and sterile way for scientists to grow, differentiate and freeze stem cells. The cell models produced can be used for toxicity tests and drug development. Having successfully tested the system, researchers will present a prototype at the MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, from November 13 to 16.

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  • Pocket laboratory: Fraunhofer IOF’s new printable fluorescence sensors hope to offer a quick and easy way to detect disease markers in the blood.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IOF

    Want to quickly test blood for pathogens? Or food for toxins? In the future, you will be able to do just that from the comfort of your own home using a small fluorescent chip and your smartphone. To make use of this method, you require a lamp and a detector – and now these could potentially be printed in large quantities using an inkjet printer. Fraunhofer IOF researchers will be showcasing the technique at the Compamed trade fair (Hall 8a, Booth P13), to be held in Düsseldorf from November 13-16.

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  • Human trafficking is a worldwide problem, and a serious crime that inflicts long-lasting emotional and physical scars on its victims and violates their human dignity. As part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary research project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT has developed a portable, non-invasive, ultrasound scanning device to identify underage victims trying to cross borders illegally. It was specifically designed as a means of uncovering, fighting and preventing human trafficking. The PRIMSA system will be presented at the world’s leading forum for the medical industry, MEDICA 2017, in Düsseldorf, Germany, from November 13 to 16, 2017 (Hall 10, exhibition stand G05).

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  • Battling infection and resistance / 2017

    Fraunhofer launches a pioneering collaboration: the German-Australian iCAIR project

    Press Release / 12.10.2017

    These days, even a “simple” infection can become a deadly threat. Bacteria keep developing new resistances to antibiotics, and presenting the international medical community with a significant problem. There is a desperate need for new medications. The biggest hurdle in developing these new medications is getting them from the laboratory and into clinical trials, bridging the gap from the discovery of new agents to their development by the pharmaceutical industry into potential medications. Now researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM have teamed up with colleagues from the Hannover Medical School (MHH) and Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics (IfG) in Gold Coast, Australia, in the iCAIR (Fraunhofer International Consortium for Anti-Infective Research) project. They have set themselves the ambitious goal of closing this gap and developing new anti-infective drugs.

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  • Recycling / 2017

    A second life for recovered wood

    Research News / 2.10.2017

    Many of the over 150-year-old posts that support the deck of the world’s longest teak bridge need to be replaced. The recovered wood will be reused to make handrails or rest benches along the footbridge.
    © Photo Fraunhofer WKI/Peter Meinlschmidt

    Most waste wood today is either used for heating or chipped to produce particle boards. The aim of the EU-funded CaReWood (Cascading Recovered Wood) project is to reuse this secondary raw material several times over – for example in house-building or to make furniture. Fraunhofer researchers have discovered that it is possible to salvage large pieces for wood and recycle them without any loss of quality. The necessary methods for detecting and removing contaminants are being investigated in this project.

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  • Parts2Clean: Inline measuring system / 2017

    Detecting impurities on 3D components

    Research News / 2.10.2017

    The fluorescence scanner – an imaging, inline measuring system – inspects components for impurities during the manufacturing process and identifies the exact point of contamination.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPM

    Impurities adhering to the surface of components can cause problems in later stages of the production process – or even make the entire component useless. A new fluorescence scanner developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM allows specialists to inspect metallic parts for residues of grease, machining chips and cleaning agents – for every single item in production cycle.

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  • Double the cooling effect / 2017

    Higher processor performance with microchannel cooler

    Research News / 2.10.2017

    The integration of microchannels into the silicon interposer allows for the first time to cool a processor also from the bottom and thereby increase the computing power.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IZM

    One of the limiting factors for the computing power of processors is the operating temperature. As part of the CarriCool project under the aegis of IBM, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new, effective cooling method: By integrating microchannels into the silicon interposer it is for the first time possible to cool high-performance processors from the underside as well. As a result, this innovation can achieve a significant increase in performance. Moreover, the scientists have integrated passive components for voltage regulators, photonic ICs and optical waveguides into the interposer.

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  • Examining historical musical instruments using computed tomography / 2017

    Looking inside the basset horn

    Research News / 2.10.2017

    The CT scan of the interior reveals the unsus- pected complexity of this seemingly simple instrument.
    © Photo Fraunhofer EZRT

    The internal structure of old musical instruments is of great interest to musicians, restorers, and instrument makers. As part of the MUSICES project, Fraunhofer researchers are using 3D computed tomography methods to examine historical musical instruments belonging to the collection held by the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (GNM). Based on this experience, they are drawing up guidelines for obtaining the best possible images and measurement results. Until now, there has been no standard for such measurements. The results of the project will be published online.

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  • Renewables / 2017

    Using elastomer films to generate electricity

    Research News / 2.10.2017

    Field testing of DEGREEN generators in a small river – the silicone membranes are mechanically excited by negative pressure within the perfused Venturi tubes under the float.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ISC

    Water is still the most important source of renewable energy in Bavaria, Germany, accounting for some 33 percent of all renewable energy produced in the region, as showed by the Bavarian Energy Map. But conventional hydroelectric plants, especially micro hydro generators, are a subject of controversy due to their low output volumes and their interference with the ecosystem. Fraunhofer researchers are working on an environmentally friendly alternative: in the future, innovative elastomer materials are set to convert the mechanical energy produced by flowing water in small rivers directly into electrical energy.

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  • How to combat radiological weapons / 2017

    Safety assistance system warns of dirty bombs

    Research News / 1.9.2017

    Lab testing at Fraunhofer FKIE to see how robust the security assistance system is: it must be able to clearly identify the carrier of a dirty bomb without sounding a false alarm.
    © Photo Fraunhofer FKIE

    The threat of terrorism in Europe has been on the rise in recent years, with experts and politicians particularly worried that terrorists might make use of dirty bombs. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new system that will be able to detect possible carriers of radioactive substances, even in large crowds of people. This solution is one of many defensive measures being realized in the REHSTRAIN project, which is focused on security for TGV and ICE high-speed trains in France and Germany.

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  • Odorants in acrylic adhesives / 2017

    The scent of adhesives

    Research News / 1.9.2017

    The researchers in Freising rely on a variety of analysis methods, including gas chromatography, to detect the causes of unpleasant odors in acrylic adhesives.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IVV

    It is a known fact that adhesives may smell unpleasant. However, as Fraunhofer researchers have recently discovered, this doesn’t need to be the case. Through extensive research on acrylic adhesives they were able to identify the substances responsible for the offensive odors. So far, very little research has been conducted on the subject, but now manufacturers finally have the opportunity to optimize their production process.

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  • Eliminating production downtimes / 2017

    Machinery that repairs itself

    Research News / 1.9.2017

    Self-repairing dispenser for engine production developed within the EU-funded SelSus research project by project partner Manufacturing Technology.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA

    In the EU-funded project SelSus, Fraunhofer scientists are collaborating in a consortium with partners from research and industry to develop maintenance technology capable of forecasting machine downtimes in production before they occur. This allows plant managers to rectify faults before the machine breaks down. The system even corrects some defects automatically.

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  • Improved drug delivery / 2017

    Spray drying: Perfect dosing thanks to drug capsules

    Research News / 1.9.2017

    Core-shell particle
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGB

    Instant coffee and powdered milk are produced by spray drying. Fraunhofer researchers have adapted this technique to the tricky question of incorporating insoluble substances in core-shell particles. The new method helps reduce the concentration of active ingredients in therapeutic medications.

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  • Measures to deal with the risks of space junk / 2017

    Tracking debris in the Earth‘s orbit with centimeter precision using efficient laser technology

    Research News / 1.9.2017

    Uncontrollable flying objects in orbit are a massive risk for modern space travel, and, due to our dependence on satellites today, it is also a risk to global economy. A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena, Germany, has now especially developed a fiber laser that reliably determines the position and direction of the space debris' movement to mitigate these risks.

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  • Microelectronic and Optical Systems for Biomedicine / 2017

    Signing of the foundation declaration for the new Fraunhofer Project Center in Erfurt

    Press Release / 22.8.2017

    Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Society, and Wolfgang Tiefensee, Economics and Science Minister, sign the foundation declaration for the new Fraunhofer Project Center in Erfurt.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IZI

    A new project center for multidisciplinary work in the sector of microelectronic and optical systems for biomedical applications is being created in the German state of Thuringia. Three Fraunhofer Institutes, which cover the disciplines of biosciences, microelectronics, microsystems technology, optics and photonics, will be researching new biomedical applications in close collaboration with industry. In order to set up the project center, the state of Thuringia today signed a joint founding agreement with the Fraunhofer Society.

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  • Prof. (Univ. Stellenbosch) Alfred Gossner, executive board member in charge of Finance, Controlling and IT, has informed Prof. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, chairman of the senate, that he wishes to step down from the board on December 31, 2017. This decision was made in consultation with Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Prof. Gossner has proposed a flexible transition solution that meets the needs of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

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  • Refreshment beverages / 2017

    Perfect for athletes and health aficionados: the lupine protein beverage

    Research News / 1.8.2017

    A protein-rich yet refreshing smoothie for the summer: the extract of the sweet lupine can be made into a great variety of beverages.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IVV

    The beverage market in the health, sports and wellness sector is continually coming up with new products. Now, researchers at Fraunhofer have developed a protein-rich drink based on sweet lupines, which tastes sour and refreshing at the same time. And the lupine drink can be produced at any brewery.

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  • Smartphone to measure the environmental concentration of particulate matter / 2017

    Smart pump: small but powerful

    Research News / 1.8.2017

    The world’s smallest micromembrane pump measures just 25 square millimeters.
    © Photo Fraunhofer EMFT

    Particulate matter harms the heart and lungs. In the future, a smartphone with an inbuilt gas sensor could be used to warn of heavy exposure. To help the sensor respond quickly and provide accurate measurements, researchers at Fraunhofer have developed a powerful micro diaphragm pump for delivering ambient air to the sensor.

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