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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Regionally available raw materials are to be turned into plastics that can be used in a variety of ways, thus making Central Germany a showcase region for green chemistry: With this goal in mind, 18 partners have joined forces in the "RUBIO" project, which covers the entire value chain from raw materials to recycling. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) is contributing its expertise in the development of bioplastics and the characterization of polymer materials.

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  • Schkopau Pilotanlagenzentrum
    © Fraunhofer IMWS/Lynne Tiller

    With 1000 m² of additional space and new facilities for thermoplastic-based lightweight construction, sustainable tire applications, and digital component development and production processes in plastics processing, the polymer processing area at the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ in Schkopau has been expanded. Funds from the European Union, the state of Saxony-Anhalt and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft were used to invest a total of a good 11 million euros in the extension building, which opened today.

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  • Luminescent glasses for product protection

    Press release / October 28, 2021

    LED Leuchtstoff
    © Fraunhofer AWZ Soest/Bernd Ahrens

    The Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors and Tailorlux GmbH jointly develop luminescent glasses for product protection. The innovative and patented technology of the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors opens up a new class of materials for Tailorlux for marking products such as plastics, fibers or resins. The marking specialist from Münster wants to offer its customers marking that is always individual as well as machine-readable and, to this end, is breaking new ground for optical fingerprinting with the Fraunhofer AWZ Soest.

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  • © KupferDigital

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS wants to provide a platform with data on copper alloy materials along the entire life cycle together with partners. The data, which is linked by means of ontologies, connects material characterization, alloy development, performance and service life through to recycling. This enables accelerated material development as well as the analysis of entire product cycles to make them both more sustainable and more productive - with full data sovereignty.

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  • Leco Solarzelle
    © Fraunhofer CSP

    The next generation of solar cells will contribute significantly to a sustainable power supply on a global scale. For state of the art technologies such as PERC (Passivated emitter and rear cell), a team from the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP has now researched an active mechanism that can be used to optimize high-performance cells.

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  • Windpark Offshore
    © Wikimedia Commons / Drahnier

    Power electronics in wind turbines ensure that the fluctuating energy generated is fed evenly into the grid. The materials and components used in this process are exposed to extreme stress. Together with partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS has now developed an approach for significantly more robust solutions. The new components from the chip to the system level, tested on a megawatt test bench, reduce switching losses, improve power density and reliability, and enable a 50 percent increase in life time.

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  • The offshore wind turbines of the future are set to produce molecules instead of electrons. Self-sufficient units comprising a wind turbine and an integrated electrolyzer produce green hydrogen on an industrial scale and save the costs of connection to the grid. In this way, they can make a significant contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In a second phase, the green hydrogen can be converted into further synthetic fuels and energy carriers. This vision is now intended to become a reality in the scope of the H2Mare flagship project to be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS is one of the project partners.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Automated and measurement-based process control as a new path to a photovoltaic industry 4.0: The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP aims to drive technological developments in international photovoltaics for competitive production processes from Germany with an industry-oriented platform that offers the possibility of interplay between statistical quality control and new approaches to data-based process analysis.

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  • A hydrogen safety guide that can be used for future hydrogen projects has been developed by experts as part of a joint research project of the "Hydrogen Power Storage & Solutions East Germany - HYPOS" initiative. The guide contains safety and organizational information that enables the safe operation of hydrogen production, transport, storage and utilization facilities. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS contributed its expertise in risk analyses for electrolysis systems.

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  • Wundauflage Haut
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Customized, biomedically applicable materials based on tropoelastin are being developed in a joint project by Skinomics GmbH from Halle, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. The material combines biocompatibility, durability, biodegradability and favorable mechanical properties similar to those of skin. Preclinical tests have confirmed that it is suitable for use as a wound dressing material used in the treatment of chronic and complex wounds.

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