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Sensors and orthoses are possible fields of application


Until now, it has not been possible to additively manufacture sensors and other electronic devices in a single operation. However, a research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA has now succeeded in doing just that. The key to this achievement? ...


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What role does hydrogen play as an energy source in the global energy system?


Future climate policy assigns hydrogen and H2 synthesis products great importance. But how could the demand for hydrogen develop globally? A new meta-study coordinated by Fraunhofer ISI addresses this question and re-evaluates more than 40 energy system and hydrogen scenarios within the HyPat ...


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Fraunhofer ISE Demonstrates First Long-Term Methanol Synthesis from Blast Furnace Gas in a Miniplant

Process Optimization with the Digital Twin


Methanol plays an important role for industry as a commodity chemical and is presently considered one of the key energy carriers in the rising hydrogen economy. However, conventional methanol production from coal and natural gas generates large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. With the ...


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Green adhesives made from whey

New process for obtaining valuable ethyl acetate


In collaboration with TU Dresden, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process for obtaining valuable, high-purity ethyl acetate from whey. This can be used, for example, to produce environmentally friendly adhesives, thereby replacing conventional ethyl acetate extracted from fossil-based raw ...


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Effective metal extraction with electron-stimulated microorganisms by bioleaching


As part of the project "BioIntElekt" (Development of an innovative small-scale, low-energy electron beam source integrated in a bioreactor system, funding reference: 601015) funded by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in an internal program, metals should be mobilized with the help of bacteria. At the ...


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Powering ships with hydrogen from methanol

The principle of generating hydrogen from methanol can also be applied in a range of scenarios in the chemical industry


Shipping is one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gases, and this is leading shipbuilders and operators on a search for environmentally friendly alternative propulsion systems. Researchers at Fraunhofer have joined forces with partners to develop the HyMethShip concept, in which ...


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Plug and Play Kicks Off Hydrogen-Focused Startup Accelerators

Plug and Play is a global innovation platform that aims to build an ecosystem where game-changing startups meet the world’s leading corporations


Plug and Play Tech Center announced a new initiative focused on hydrogen by launching the H2 Startup Accelerator program. It’s one of the world’s first hydrogen-centric startup accelerator programs that will initially be operated out of Hamburg with support of Fraunhofer ISE and Fraunhofer ...


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Energy-efficient, environmentally friendly manufacturing of electrodes in lithium polymer batteries

New solvent-free dry coating process


Lithium-ion batteries have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives. They supply power to our cell phones, are installed as an energy source in electric vehicles and, as large stationary battery systems, provide the power supply and storage for many industrial applications. Conventional ...


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What will solid-state batteries be like in the future?

Solid-state batteries have a lot of potential, but will have to prove their commercial viability in the next five years


Fraunhofer ISI has developed a roadmap for solid-state batteries covering a wide range of aspects from the individual materials, components and cells through to their utilization. It critically evaluates existing research as well as the latest findings and compares the development potential of ...


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Reference-factory.H2 – electrolyzer and fuel cell production of the future

Hybrid production system accelerates transfer to industry


Hydrogen is a key element in the energy transition. To ensure that hydrogen can become generally established as an energy source, it must be produced at market prices, in sufficient quantities and in a climate-neutral manner, and used with a high CO2 reduction rate. This requires affordable, ...


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