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  • Fraunhofer IMWS
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    Application-oriented research as an interface between science and practice is both exciting and of huge importance. Last year students from the 10th to 13th grades were once again able to participate in the three-day workshop held at the Fraunhofer Institute for the Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale), immersing themselves in the scientific world and finding out about the research fields at the institute. The last date for signing up for the event was October 5th, 2019.

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  • June 29, 2020

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    Easier processing, faster production times, high feasibility of short-term changes, reduced material consumption, increased functionality and thus reduced costs: Additive manufacturing processes open up more and more areas of application and are becoming increasingly relevant for industry. In a new project Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS together with the copper semi-finished products manufacturer KME, are going to explore the use of additive manufacturing technologies for highly thermally conductive components made of copper and copper alloys. The aim is to open up new market segments in the field of cooling elements for power electronics.

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  • May 28, 2020

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    The research project »power4re« (reliable converters for regenerative energy supply) started with a virtual kick-off in mid-April. Under the direction of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES, five institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are working together with industry representatives on solutions aimed at increasing the reliability and robustness of inverters in photovoltaic systems and frequency converters in wind turbines. power4re is being funded under the internal research program PREPARE of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with funds totaling 3.5 million euros. Converters are of central importance in the energy transition: They are indispensable technical components for the grid connection of photovoltaic and modern wind energy plants so that the regeneratively generated energy can be fed with grid-compliant voltage and frequency. The converters must, therefore, be highly reliable. However, they are exposed to particularly challenging operating and environmental conditions. For years, they have been some of the most frequently failing system components, often resulting in considerable costs. This means there is an urgent need for durable converters that are resistant to environmental influences. They therefore have a high economic potential as an indispensable technological component of the energy turnaround.

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  • Mid-April saw the virtual kick-off of the »power4re« (Reliable converters for a renewable energy supply) research project. Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES, five Fraunhofer institutes are working together alongside industry representatives to develop solutions aimed at improving the reliability and robustness of inverters in photovoltaic systems and frequency converters in wind turbines. power4re is being funded to the tune of €3.5 million as part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s internal research program PREPARE.

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  • March 17, 2020

    Capital Statista Award Innovation
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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) is one of the most innovative companies and research institutions in Germany. With it, the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP also managed to reach a top ranking in a list compiled by the business magazine »Capital« in collaboration with the statistics portal Statista on the basis of surveys of industry and innovation experts.

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  • March 10, 2020

    Lightweight materials are used whenever high-quality products are required that offer an optimum balance between strength, weight, and reliability. Among other areas, this applies to aircraft, vehicle, ship, and container construction or the manufacture of wind power rotor blades. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructures of Materials and Systems IMWS and ThermHex Waben GmbH are now working together on a novel basic technology. They are focusing on hierarchical sandwich structures in which the cover layers themselves are sandwich structures in turn with the aim of making lightweight construction even more efficient.

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  • Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future – and rightly so, if it is »green« and is produced from water using electricity generated from renewable energies. With the ELP electrolysis test platform at the Leuna chemical site, Saxony-Anhalt and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are setting new standards. Today, the state’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Science and Digitalization, Professor Armin Willingmann, handed over the approval notice for the ELP and the scaling platform Hy2Chem. This platform is intended to use the hydrogen produced on a large scale for the sustainable production of basic chemicals and fuels.

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  • February 26, 2020

    Chemical recycling can be a key for CO2 reduction. Following the invitation of the Network for a Circular Carbon Economy NK2, more than 30 experts from science and industry came together in Freiberg for discussions about existing and future technological options, potential feedstock for chemical recycling and alternative technological routes as well as the contribution of chemical recycling to climate protection and a sustainable chemical industry.

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  • February 15, 2020

    Wabenkern Testversuch
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    Sandwich structures enabling lightweight construction, such as those used in the aircraft industry, in rotor blades at wind power plants or lightweight vehi-cles, consist of fixed top layers which are separated by an extremely light-weight core material. Mechanically they are very resilient and at the same time extremely light. However, if the rigid connection between the top layer and the core is damaged by improper loading, in extreme cases this can lead to the failure of the component. The Fraunhofer Institute for the Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS has developed a standardized test procedure based on its findings about the microstructure of such components using in-situ X-ray tomography to examine fracture toughness, so as to reliably predict the load limits of such sandwich structures and prevent damage.

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  • Vier Menschen stehen vor einer Leinwand
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    For his doctoral thesis on the clarification of the processes involved in the soil-ing of solar modules, Klemens Ilse from the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Pho-tovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale) received the young talent prize awarded by the Heinz-Bethge Foundation for applied electron microscopy. His findings could help increase power yields, especially in the case of solar modules in desert regions.

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