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  • © Sandia

    More data, more collaboration, more opportunities for photovoltaics: A new platform for investigating the performance and reliability of solar systems in different environments and climate zones worldwide will provide an important basis for an even broader and more efficient use of solar energy. The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaic CSP in Halle (Saale) is among the founding members of the recently launched PV CAMPER platform.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    The development of future-proof and sustainable hydrogen technologies is crucial for the success of the energy transition. Because hydrogen makes mobility, industry or heat generation CO2-neutral – and it enables the energy cycles of these sectors to be connected. The Fraunhofer Hydrogen Lab on the Innovation Campus Görlitz (HLG) will provide a unique research infrastructure for this purpose in the future and combines the expertise of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. Today, the HLG received the funding decision virtually.

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  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) has been honored twice this year in the "Most Innovative Projects in Applied Research" category at the Innovation Award of the State of Saxony-Anhalt. A team led by Prof. Mario Beiner received first place for the development of a biomimetic synthetic rubber, the use of which enables lower abrasion in tire applications. Second place goes to Dr Christian Schmelzer, Tobias Hedtke and Dr Marco Götze, who developed an innovative solution to process natural elastin into wound dressing materials.

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  • Modern life and advancing digitalization depend crucially on electronic systems. Spectacular cyber attacks in the past have shown the vulnerability of such systems. Advances in the manufacturing technology of nano-electronic components and the increasing complexity of hardware offer a host of further challenges for system security because the focus of attackers has shifted to the hardware level. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) is investigating these risks together with the Security in Telecommunications department of the Berlin Institute of Technology (Technische Universität Berlin).

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  • © Fraunhofer CSP

    Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), an innovative optical surface analysis technique, opens up a broad range of applications. This measurement method enables the elemental composition of solid, liquid or gaseous substances to be determined in a contactless manner. At the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale), LIBS technology combined with powerful evaluation algorithms is used to carry out precise and extremely rapid multi-element analyses. In a study published recently in which fluorine loss during the melting of bioactive glasses and glass-ceramics was examined, technicians at the Fraunhofer CSP demonstrated the effectiveness of LIBS.

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  • Fraunhofer IMWS Award
    © Fraunhofer IMWS/Michael Deutsch

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) is among the most innovative companies and research institutions in Germany. That is the result of surveys conducted among industry and innovation specialists by the business magazine “Capital” in cooperation with the market research firm “Statista”. The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP is also in the ranking with the best rating.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS is supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with its expertise in the field of materials. The institute is currently working on the development of novel protective textiles in cooperation with nine other Fraunhofer Institutes across Germany. Innovative protection approaches are being pursued along with the optimization of wearing comfort. The research institution previously assisted clinical centers and the crisis management group of the city of Halle (Saale) in the spring.

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    © Fraunhofer AWZ Soest, Bernd Ahrens

    Using an LED lamp whose color range is modified to suit the needs of people suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or retinopathy pigmentosa (RP) can enhance the affected individual’s quality of life. In the »MakULA – Make Your Light Adapted« project, the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest and the department of Electrical Engineering of the South Westphalian University of Applied Sciences are finding a way to make this possible.

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  • 19 Fraunhofer Institutes demonstrate the feasibility of a bio-based circular economy / 2021

    How Do We Want to Run Our Economy and Production?

    January 21, 2021

    © Fraunhofer EMB

    The wastewater treatment plant is turned into a vegetable farm, bio-based substances recovered from waste are being utilized to prevent oxidative spoilage in food packaging or provide environmentally-friendly and safe water-repellent coatings on functional textiles. In the EVOBIO project coordinated by Fraunhofer IGB, 19 Fraunhofer Institutes are working on solutions for a sustainable economy by developing new concepts that utilize material flows in bioeconomy process cycles to produce optimized materials for innovative products.

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  • Lock-In-Thermographie Mikroelektronik
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    The use of machine learning methods offers novel possibilities for automation, and thus for increasing the efficiency of failure diagnostic methods for electronic components and systems. Together with partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) wants to pioneer the way. The new methods are intended to facilitate the detection and analysis of complex failure modes. Furthermore, increasingly automated failure analysis and defect categorization will allow more components and data to be analyzed in order to detect and eliminate quality problems that have been undetectable up to now. This allows the production quality and lifespan of the components to be increased even further.

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