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Press Releases 2012


Fraunhofer honored for its winning satellite navigation ideas

Nov 05, 2012: Fraunhofer institutes took home a total of four awards from this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). At the awards ceremony held on the 25th of Ocotber in Munich, the Bavarian Regional Prize went to the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, while the Project Center of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Prien was awarded the HPI Special Prize. In addition to winning its region, Fraunhofer Portugal was also named overall winner.

Fraunhofer opens representative offices in India

Oct 29, 2012: As a partner to German industry, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft needs to gain experience in the most important production nations – which include India. On October 30, Fraunhofer will proudly open its branch in Bangalore.

Multi-talented enzyme – produced on large-scale

Oct 16, 2012: Enzymes remove spots from our laundry, whiten paper and help with brewing beer. To wit: They facilitate many industrial processes. In many cases, enzymes are obtained from fruits. However, if the harvest is poor, this might lead to shortfalls. Researchers therefore designed a process to produce enzymes microbiologically. A multifunctional facility now opening in Leuna should help with adapting these new processes to an industrial scale.

Lubricants from vegetable oil

Oct 16, 2012: Oil-independence is the dream of many countries that lack raw materials. Nevertheless, black gold still retains its dominant role as a power source, and also serves as a basic material for the chemical industry. In order to change this, researchers started the “Integrated BioProduction” project. At the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, the pilot plant-scale production of epoxides, made from domestic vegetable oils, begins in October. The intermediate chemical products support the production of lubricants, surfactants and emulsifiers.

Fraunhofer researchers earn environmental award: concentrated sunlight

Oct 10, 2012: An achievement for the solar experts: Dr. Andreas Bett of Fraunhofer ISE and Hansjörg Lerchenmüller of the Soitec Company received the 2012 DBU German Environmental Award (DBU Deutscher Umweltpreis). Federal President Joachim Gauck will honor them with this distinction on October 28, in recognition of the development and industrial application of concentrator photovoltaic systems.

Professor Reimund Neugebauer takes office as new President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Oct 01, 2012: Today, October 1, 2012, Professor Reimund Neugebauer takes office as Fraunhofer President at its headquarters in Munich. He is now in charge of Europe’s largest organization for applied research, with more than 20,000 employees. The Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft elected him in May.

Venturing over to British shores

Sep 06, 2012: Now the work can begin. Fraunhofer UK Research Limited, the latest foreign subsidiary of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, was founded only a few short weeks ago. Yet already on September 1, work will get underway in the first research centre - the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in Glasgow.

Open Innovation: Fraunhofer Researcher Receives Award for Dissertation

Aug 21, 2012: Dr. Sabine Brunswicker has been intrigued by new innovation models and, in particular, the subject of „Open Innovation“ for a long time. Together with the publisher John Wiley & Sons, now the prestigious International Society for Professional Innovation Management, ISPIM, awarded the doctoral dissertation of the engineer with its „Best Dissertation Award“.

World leading solar research institutes sign agreement

Jul 11, 2012: Three leading solar research institutes: the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL (USA), Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology AIST (Japan) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form the Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes GA-SERI.

GoalRef: FIFA approves intelligent goal from Fraunhofer

Jul 09, 2012: GoalRef reliably determines whether or not the whole ball has passed the goal line. Goal or no goal? In response to this question, world football association FIFA wants to use technical assistance in the future. In its meeting of Thursday 5th July 2012 the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body which determines the laws of the game, approved both goal-line technologies GoalRef and Hawk-Eye.This approval is subject to a final installation test at each stadium before the systems can be used in “real” football matches, in accordance with the FIFA Quality Programme for GLT.

Intensified cooperation with Japan

July 7, 2012: During a visit of the President of the National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the biggest public research organization of Japan, in Stuttgart on the 6th of July AIST and Fraunhofer concluded a memorandum of understanding on comprehensive research cooperation (MOU). The intensified research cooperation will contribute to the enhancement of international competitiveness and the advancement of industrial science and technology in Germany and Japan.

Industry and Research Centres Create a European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing

Jun 15, 2012: Major suppliers of High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies including Allinea, ARM, Bull, Caps Entreprise, Eurotech, IBM, Intel, ParTec, STMicroelectronics and Xyratex in association with HPC research centres BSC, CEA, CINECA, Fraunhofer, Forschungszentrum Juelich and LRZ have created a European Technology Platform for HPC (ETP4HPC) and released the ETP’s Vision document to improve Europe’s position in the domain of HPC technologies.

Reimund Neugebauer elected Fraunhofer president

May 10, 2012: At its meeting on May 8, 2012, the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft elected Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer as the Institute‘s next president. In October, he will succeed Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, who has stood at the helm of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the past ten years.

Performance boost for microchips

May 08, 2012: The semiconductor industry is faced with the challenge of supplying ever faster and more powerful chips. The Next-Generation Lithography with EUV radiation will help meeting that challenge. Fraunhofer researchers have developed key components.

Functional coatings from the plasma nozzle

May 08, 2012: These coatings offer protection against rust, scratches and moisture and improve adhesion: Surfaces with a nano coating. A new plasma process enables these coatings to be applied more easily and cost-efficiently – on an industrial scale.

Ultra-short laser pulses for science and industry

May 08, 2012: The shorter the pulse duration, the more precisely the laser tool operates. Ultra-short laser pulses of outstanding high average püower are opening the doors to new applications in high throughput materials processing. Thanks to the short pulse duration, thermal damage of the material being processed is minimized.

Improved lubrication without oil

May 08, 2012: Running nicely – this applies even more to aqueous biopolymer solutions than to oil. These solutions are used as a cooling lubricant for machining hard metals and for tool-making machinery on which tools are manufactured.

Laser scan at full speed

May 08, 2012: Is a contact wire missing or is it faulty? What‘s the situation in front of the entrance to a railway station or a tunnel? A 3D laser scanner can increase the train‘s safety and reliability.

Outstanding young scientists

May 08, 2012: The following have received Hugo-Geiger awards: Sven Rademacher in recognition of a mobile measuring device for emission monitoring (1st prize), Harry Kummer for his new heat exchanger coating system (2nd prize) and Anna Marie Kruspe for her automated world music classification process (3rd prize).

Lightweight construction on the way to volume production

Apr 18, 2012: Cars and airplanes need to lose weight – and one way to do that is to produce as many of the components as possible using carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics CRP. Up until now, these components have been made by hand. Today, there are automated production methods that are also suitable for volume production in carmaking.

Drive toward a viable “City of the Future”

Apr 18, 2012: Cities consume energy and raw materials, produce waste and pollutants, and overload their transportation systems. Fraunhofer researchers have now combined forces in the innovation network German for “Morgenstadt” (or “City of Tomorrow”), in order to engineer innovative urban technologies and systems.

Boost in earnings from businesses

Apr 18, 2012: The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft continued to grow in 2011. Financial resources rose 12 per cent to 1.85 billion euros. Especially pleasing: earnings from businesses increased by 15 percent to 531 million euros.

Best marketing for renewable energies

Apr 04, 2012: Transmission system operators must assess precisely the supply of electricity from renewable energies for the next day in order to market this electricity on the European Power Exchange (EPEX) as effectively as possible. The sharply fluctuating supply of solar and wind energy makes reliable forecasts even more difficult. For this reason, Fraunhofer researchers, working jointly with TenneT TSO GmbH, developed a high-performance software that takes multiple forecasts and combines them with each other to generate one single, highly reliable projection.

Technical Oscar for ARRI and Fraunhofer

Jan 27, 2012: The Munich-based producer of professional motion picture equipment ARRI and the Freiburg Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques have been awarded the “Academy Award of Merit” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their jointly developed ARRILASER film recorder. The Oscar statuettes will be presented on February 11 in Beverly Hills.

Research Agreement with Dow AgroSciences

Jan 10, 2012: Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow), and Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Ecology IME have announced a multi-year research agreement that brings together the expertise and technologies from both institutions.