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  • A partnership agreement was signed between OCP Group and Fraunhofer IMWS for the creation of the Fraunhofer Mazagan lab, a world-class research center based in the Mazagan Urban Pole (PUMA), dedicated to the development of sustainable solutions - the first of its kind in Morocco. The ecosystem of research and innovation, initiated by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, is reinforced by this partnership agreement. The objective is to capitalize on the University’s research works and evolve them into applied research and pilot programs, prior to large-scale industrialization. Innovation and sustainable development are priorities for OCP Group.

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  • LED Lichttherapie Selbstschulung
    © Fraunhofer AWZ Soest

    Light therapy is a successful procedure used in medicine. Together with Polaravior® UG, the Fraunhofer Application Center (AWZ) for Inorganic Phosphors is developing an LED lamp that can help treat depression. Light emissions are tailored to the individual patient, improving attentiveness and releasing energy in the body. It can be used to help improve the success rates for mental self-training and psychotherapeutic treatment.

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  • Leuchtstoff Siliziumstruktur
    © Fraunhofer AWZ Soest

    Phosphor-filled silicon structures allow for much greater spatial resolution and better contrast behavior than conventionally used phosphors. These innovative structures, which are being developed at the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest in collaboration with the Fraunhofer ISIT, also allow for active air or water cooling of the phosphor so the heat produced during light conversion can be removed more efficiently. Thus they are a promising alternative to LED matrix systems and liquid crystal displays (LCDs), particularly for very high-resolution applications.

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  • Erweiterung Pilotanlagenzentrum
    © Fraunhofer PAZ

    From monomers to tailor-made components: with this spectrum, the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Centre for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ in Schkopau offers a unique portfolio for the plastics industry throughout Europe. The research facility will now be expanded with funds from the European Union, the state of Saxony-Anhalt and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. For 10 million euros, around 1,000 square meters of additional usable space will be created and equipped with state-of-the-art machines. The Pilot Plant Center is thus ideally equipped for applications related to lightweight construction, digital component development and production processes in plastics processing, which are optimized for Industry 4.0.

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  • European Network established

    Presse Release / 19.10.2018

    Workshop Kohle Polen Tschechien
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    The creation of a European network to strengthen the carbon cycle economy is a key outcome of the German-Polish-Czech workshop "Integrated Technology Development for Effective and Sustainable Utilization of Domestic Carbon Carriers", which took place in Dresden yesterday. The initiative aims to use domestic raw materials in a climate-friendly manner and to support the competitiveness of the European chemical industry. Industry experts, politicians and leading scientists from the three countries also discussed new conversion technologies and the development of legal framework conditions.

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  • Wehrspohn Institutsleiter
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    The Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS has a new Chairman: Prof. Ralf B. Wehrspohn, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, is assuming this position as of today. The new Vice Chairman will be Prof. Bernd Mayer, Institute Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM.

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  • Effusion Fraunhofer CSP Solarzellen Messplatz
    © Fraunhofer CSP

    A unique measurement system that can be used to measure the quality and properties of diffusion barriers in silicon solar cells is now available at the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP. This will allow the properties of silicon solar cell coatings to be precisely determined, and will help improve the efficiency of solar cells.

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  • CEM Think Tank Haseloff Neugebauer
    © Michael Deutsch

    Globalization, digitization, decarbonization – the industry’s framework conditions are constantly changing, and at an increasing speed. The Center for Economics of Materials CEM provides technologically oriented material-economics analyses to assist with this. During a visit to the CEM in Halle (Saale), Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Minister President of the State of Saxony-Anhalt; Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Society; Prof. Dr. Dieter Spath, President of acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften; and Prof. Dr. Christian Tietje, Rector of Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, learned how innovative and sustainable materials and technologies can help contribute to a successful structural change.

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  • 3D-Druck Bauteil
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Advanced 3D printing with thermoplastic composites: To achieve that goal, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) and Brightlands Materials Center – an initiative of the Province of Limburg and TNO – in the Netherlands are going to collaborate. Together, the partners want to optimize fiber-reinforced thermoplastics to make them ideally suited for 3D printing on an industrial scale.

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  • Seltene Erden Substitution Einsparung
    © Fraunhofer IFAM

    Rare earths are among the most strategically important raw materials for German industry, as they are crucial parts of many high-tech products. For a more efficient use of these valuable elements, eight Fraunhofer Institutes have developed new solutions in a now completed joint project. These include optimized manufacturing processes, approaches to recycling and the development of new materials that can replace rare earths. The Fraunhofer experts showed that the demand for rare earths can be reduced to up to one fifth of today's value in benchmark electric motors.

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