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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
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    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
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    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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  • Wasserstoff Elektrolyse Membran Stack
    © Fraunhofer IMWS/Sven Döring

    Together with Korean research partners, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS are investigating and researching the possibilities and requirements of a future import of green hydrogen.

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  • TotalEnergies announced the launch of the e-CO2Met project at the Hydrogen Lab Leuna together with the electrolyser manufacturer Sunfire, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. Methanol can be produced from low-carbon hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide, which is an important approach to reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. With the ambition to produce climate-neutral methanol on site, this demonstration project will integrate the various components required to this end, such as the use of renewable energy.

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  • Klemens Ilse
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    The contamination of solar modules by dust and sand causes significant yield losses in the increasing use of photovoltaic systems in desert regions. In his doctoral thesis, Dr. Klemens Ilse from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS researched the causes, analyzed the magnitudes and developed solution strategies. For this he was awarded the Schott AG Materials Prize.

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  • © Slejven Djurakovic-Unsplash / Padlock free icon: Flaticon.com, Montage: Fraunhofer IMWS

    In order to use electronics safely and reliably, it must be possible to trace where they come from, whether they function correctly and that no backdoors for so-called hardware Trojans are built in. So far, however, there has been no consistent methodology for verifying trustworthiness along the entire value chain and reliably detecting counterfeits. The platform project "Velektronik", in which the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) is involved, aims to develop new solution concepts for all areas of electronics development and production.

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