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With its materials research and process development, Fraunhofer ISC makes important contributions to solving global challenges

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The focus of our research is on climate change, environmental pollution, excessive use of resources, the energy transition, as well as material innovations with and for artificial intelligence and digitization, an aging population in industrialized countries, and growing urbanization.

Our work must be measured against these challenges, and we at Fraunhofer ISC want to make essential contributions to solving them.

 

How can working with H2 become safer?

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Real-time demonstration: Particulate powder makes hydrogen visible

Researchers at the ISC and FAU in Erlangen faced this complex task. The result of their joint work are so-called supraparticles that make invisible hydrogen gas visible to the bare eye within seconds - without electricity and complex measuring devices. Hydrogen sensors can detect even low concentrations of the gas, for example in the event of leaks in a gas pipeline, before devastating accidents can occur.

 

Hydrogen sensor

SUPERSMART: paperbased printed electronics − cost-efficient and sustainable

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The SUPERSMART research project funded by EIT RawMaterials has shown proof: printed electronic components such as sensors and smart labels on paper can play an essential role in building a smart environment for production, retail and logistics. Efficient and reliable production processes make them economically competitive.

In terms of resource conservation, climate and the environment, electronics printed on paper have outstanding advantages over conventional substrates and manufacturing processes for smart electronic components.

A clean and sustainable future starts with the material

In our Annual Report 2021/2022, you will find projects dedicated to the topic of "Sustainable Research".

 

Energy

We are working on energy-efficient processes as well as regenerative forms of energy conversion: from autonomous sensors to new efficient solar cells to optimized, power-saving manufacturing processes.

 

Greener batteries of the future

Battery recycling, future-oriented components, and processes and regeneration of functional materials: research for a greener battery value chain.

 

Fraunhofer vs. Corona

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's large-scale in-house research program with a volume of 20 million euros for rapid successes against Corona - e.g. through improved detection capabilities and faster drug identification.

 

Research for people and environment

Sustainable research or research for sustainable products: diverse topics such as microplastics in agriculture or environmentally friendly food production.

 

Partners for EU projects

Fraunhofer ISC has an excellent track record in European collaboration and can build on a large international network of research partners from industry and research.

 

Bioeconomy
at Fraunhofer ISC

Sustainable solutions for the refinement and efficient material use of biogenic materials

Press Releases

21.12.2023

"Power-to-MEDME" - Research project paves the way for large-scale production of green hydrogen energy carriers in Chile

Together with partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology IEE is paving the way for the establishment of large-scale production of green hydrogen and its downstream products in Chile. The core of the BMBF-funded project is research into the production potential of hydrogen and liquid fuels from solar energy. In addition to the technical issues, the researchers are investigating the economic, logistical and socio-economic aspects of scaling up. They are also supporting the installation of a pilot production facility for methanol and dimethyl ether in the country.
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4.12.2023

Scalable solutions for green hydrogen production in South Africa - Project HySecunda

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 supporting efforts to build capacity in the region and in current projects on hydrogen-based fuels for the aviation industry.
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24.11.2023

Making matter talk with "smart rust" - European excellence funding for Fraunhofer ISC scientists

Materials are actually "silent". Although temperature, moisture, chemical influences or mechanical stress leave their mark and have an effect on their strength and service life, they can hardly tell us anything about their history of use. Knowing more about the history of such influences could therefore make a decisive contribution to product quality. However, there is still no solution for making materials talk about their history. The "SmartRust" research project now aims to change this.
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27.9.2023

EU project ZeroF aims to create substitutes for PFAS in food packaging and textiles

The European Union wants to ban a number of critical PFAS and is promoting the development of substitute materials for PFAS in four major collaborative projects, e.g. the EU project ZeroF. In this project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC is working with industrial companies and research institutes to develop solutions for PFAS-free food packaging and textiles.
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