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  • With a patented process for micro-nano-structuring, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) has achieved significant improvements in the adhesion properties of polymers. The process, in which structured surfaces are produced by hot imprinting or injection molding, also offers considerable advantages in terms of wettability, optical reflection, hydrophobicity and recyclability.

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  • Daimler Truck AG, ElringKlinger AG, ENGEL Austria GmbH, ThermHex Waben GmbH, Edevis GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS have produced a storage compartment flap for a truck interior in sandwich construction in a recently completed project. The flap, made from thermoplastic sandwich semi-finished products, demonstrates the enormous potential for saving weight with thermoplastic sandwich molding technology and its suitability both for molded components and for use in large-scale production.

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  • MoU Unterzeichnung Fraunhofer IMWS, Hochschule Anhalt, Kentech
    © Fraunhofer IMWS / Markus Scholz

    Research institutions from Saxony-Anhalt and South Korea want to intensify their cooperation and exchange on hydrogen topics. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) and the An-halt University of Applied Sciences have signed a cooperation agreement with the Korea Institute of Energy Technology (KENTECH). Joint research projects and workshops are planned.

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  • Oceans of Energy together with fifteen leading European partners announce the start of an EU Joint Industry Project, in which offshore solar technology is scaled up to formats of 150 MW enabling to build Gigawatt scale farms. These building blocks are to become a new standard in offshore energy farms. Placing solar farms within offshore wind farms will make better use of the sea space, increase energy output, provide more continuous power over the seasons and drive down costs for green electricity production and the energy system.

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  • Establishing Central Germany as a "3D printing region", opening up new fields of application and making additive manufacturing with thermoplastics eco-nomically viable for small and medium-sized enterprises: With this goal in mind, 15 partners have joined forces in the "AddiQ" project. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) is involved in projects on heavy-duty components for transportation and light-weight, comfortable orthoses.

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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS is working with partners to develop a marketable, completely bio-based and non-toxic plasticizer for use in elastomers and thermoplastics. Using rapeseed oil as a starting product, more sustainable solutions for tires and packaging should become possible. The project partners also want to design a corresponding pilot plant in central Germany as part of the "Biocerine" project.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    South Africa could play an important role in the coming years as a reliable producer of green hydrogen — including as a supplier for Germany. However, the storage and distribution of this resource currently poses challenges. This is where the recently launched Fraunhofer joint research project HySecunda comes in, which is a cooperation between nine Fraunhofer institutes and the Fraunhofer Academy. The project aims to find optimized solutions for produc-ing, storing and certifying green hydrogen. In addition, the consortium is sup-porting efforts to build capacity in the region and in current projects on hy-drogen-based fuels for the aviation industry.

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  • November 15, 2023

    Stefan Lange from the Fraunhofer Centre for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale) has been awarded the Heinz Bethge Prize for Materials Science, worth 500 euros, by the Heinz Bethge Foundation for Applied Electron Microscopy for his dissertation entitled "Parasitic oxides at buried interfaces in modern silicon solar cells". His findings can contribute to a better understanding of the fundamental properties of the layer systems in a solar cell and the associated electronic properties.

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  • Dr. Nils Jonas Ziegeler steht vor einem Gebäude und guckt in die Kamera.
    © FH Südwestfalen / Sandra Pösentrup

    Dr. Nils Jonas Ziegeler has received the Best Paper Award at the international "Therminic 2023" workshop in Budapest for his work in the field of thermal management of opto-mechatronic systems. The findings of the physicist, who works at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest, can contribute to the improved development of high-performance headlights and rear lights.

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  • © Fraunhofer CSP

    The quality and manufacturing of the encapsulation and backsheet films play an important role in the reliability of a solar module. Only if the quality, processing and compatibility of the films are right, protection of the interconnected solar cells against environmental influences can be guaranteed and the module be ready for use for decades. Together with partners, the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP is investigating new types of encapsulation and backsheet films for PV modules that should have a service life of at least 40 years.

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