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  • Drei Personen Experten
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    3 partners from eight countries are researching and developing innovative power semiconductors with more power density and energy efficiency: With this goal, the European research project Power2Power, which has a duration of three years and is coordinated by Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH & Co. KG, has just begun. Part of the consortium, which includes universities, research institutes and companies, is the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale), which provides its expertise in the field of materials diagnostics and materials design.

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  • Roboter-Goniophotometer
    © Fraunhofer AWZ Soest

    In the future, the Fraunhofer Application Center (AWZ ) for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest will also contribute to strengthening the future viability and competitiveness of the lighting and illumination industry. This is the result of an evaluation of the research facility, which was founded in 2013. The experts from the Ministry for Culture and Science for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Fraunhofer Society appeared very satisfied with the development, as well as the Industrial Advisory Board, which is being expanded with an additional member.

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  • Hitachi HF5000 Fraunhofer Halle
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Improved lenses, new laser-processing systems, tailored glass ceramics: With the new line of business ‘Optical Materials and Technologies’ , the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS is expanding its offerings. At an event to mark the opening, opportunities were presented that will arise in the future in microstructure diagnostics and microstructure-based material development for the optical industry, paint manufacturers, or producers of special machinery. New, largescale high-performance equipment will also contribute to this.

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  • eroeffnung-wasserstoff-tankstelle
    © H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

    Drivers of fuel-cell powered electric cars can now refuel in the German city of Halle an der Saale. Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt, joined partners PS Union, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and Linde, in opening the federal state’s second hydrogen station today on the PS Union grounds at Blücherstraße 7.

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  • Wehrspohn Institutsleiter
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    On May 8, 2019, the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft unanimously elected Prof. Ralf B. Wehrspohn to the position of Executive Vice President, Technology Marketing and Business Models. Prof. Wehrspohn, who will take up his position on the Executive Board on October 1, 2019, is a successful physicist and expert in materials research. He is currently Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle and Professor of Microstructured Material Design at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

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  • Workshop 40 experts
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Technology development can contribute significantly to an efficient and environmentally friendly use of domestic carbon resources. This is the result of a two-day workshop with participants from China, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany, which took place at the invitation of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Berlin. Experts from science and industry discussed the potential of the hydrogen economy for a competitive and sustainable chemical industry or new catalysis technologies. They decided to intensify the mutual exchange.

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  • Gasrohre
    © VNG Gasspeicher GmbH

    As part of the HYPOS research initiative, on May 1st, a pilot project for the underground storage of hydrogen in Central Germany will get underway. The aim of the project “H2 Research Cavern” is the development and regulatory approval of a research platform for the storage of hydrogen in a salt cavern. The storage facility is to be constructed after the end of the two-year research project at the Bad Lauchstädt (Saxony-Anhalt) operating site of the gas storage operator VNG Gasspeicher GmbH (VGS) and subsequently transferred to research operations. The facility would be the first hydrogen cavern storage facility in continental Europe, and the first cavern storage facility in the entire world that stores green hydrogen from renewable energies. Thanks to the convenient, site-specific location, the cavern can be connected to the existing hydrogen infrastructure in Central Germany’s chemical triangle (Leuna-Schkopau-Bitterfeld) utilizing an existing gas pipeline from ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH (ONTRAS) or one that would need to be repurposed.

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  • Photovoltaik Qualitätskontrolle digital
    © Fraunhofer CSP

    The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP presents innovative contributions to quality control in the solar industry at the Intersolar trade fair from 15.-17. May 2019 in Munich. Visitors will be able to experience a mobile test device for PID susceptibility of solar modules, get to know new approaches for reliable design of lightweight modules and find out how to optimise complex processes, for example, for the evaluation of yield by evaluating measured data.

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  • Tank H2 Leichtbau
    © Hexagon

    Green hydrogen plays a key role for the energy revolution because it can comprise the unifying element between the electricity, mobility, and industrial sectors. For this potential to be revealed, efficient processes for the storage and transportation of green hydrogen are necessary. The four project partners Hexagon Purus GmbH, RayScan Technologies GmbH, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM are working together on the development of safe and lightweight high-pressure tanks in which hydrogen can be stored and transported at an operating pressure of up to 1000 bar. This allows for significantly more efficient distribution and the usage of this sustainable source of energy.

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  • Wasserstoff Elektrolyse Membran Stack
    © Fraunhofer IMWS/Sven Döring

    In Central Germany, a living lab for the generation, transport, storage, and usage of green hydrogen is to be constructed. Taking part in the planning are Siemens, Linde AG, VNG Gasspeicher GmbH, ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, Terrawatt Planungsgesellschaft GmbH, DBI Gastechnologisches Institut gGmbH Freiberg, Uniper, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. With ‘GreenHydroChem Mitteldeutsches Chemiedreieck’ (GreenHydroChem Central German Chemical Triangle), the project partners are taking part in the idea competition ‘Living lab for the energy revolution’ from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and today submitted their project outline for the subprojects ‘Electrolyzer Leuna’ and ‘Energy Park Bad Lauchstädt’ to the responsible project owner Jülich (PtJ).

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