Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS

The Fraunhofer IST bundles its expertise in the field of energy storage in mutual collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institutes IKTS and IFAM.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST is your competent partner in the areas of surface treatment and modification, production and application of coatings, film characterization and surface analysis.



Joint research platform for energy storage systems

The new Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS was inaugurated on February 7, 2019 in Braunschweig. It is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institutes IKTS, IFAM, and IST – in close cooperation with the TU Braunschweig. The purpose is to develop existing energy storage systems, both mobile and stationary, to the level of industrial maturity, and to demonstrate new solutions.





Signing of contract for ICON project in South Africa

On January 28th, 2019 in South Africa, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and Prof. Eugene Cloete, Vice Rector of Stellenbosch University, signed the contract for the implementation of an ICON project between the university and Fraunhofer. The participants are the Fraunhofer Institutes IGB, ISE, IOSB and IST.


Clean water for Southern Africa

Over 100 million people in Southern Africa have no access to clean water – many sources in rural areas are contaminated. In the SafeWaterAfrica project, African and European partners are working closely together to develop a decentralized system solution for water purification that can be operated and maintained autonomously by rural inhabitants. Researchers at the Fraunhofer IST are coordinating the project.



We will gladly send you the annual report of the Fraunhofer IST in digital form and inform you about our latest developments of the Fraunhofer IST.

Trade fairs and events

Hannover Messe 2019

Hannover, April 1 – 5, 2019

The Fraunhofer IST will be represented in two halls: in hall 6 as part of the joint booth of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ”Digital Solutions & New Materials” and in the ”Research & Technology” hall 2.

SVC TechCon 2019

Long Beach, USA, April 27 – May 2, 2019

As part of the two-day technical exhibition and in addition to more than 150 other exhibitors, the Fraunhofer IST will present the latest results in the fields of HIPIMS technology, optical coatings and simulation.

Paris Air Show 2019

Le-Bourget Paris, France, June 17 – 21, 2019

The Fraunhofer IST presents metallized CFRP waveguide antennas of the ”Sentinel mission”, optical filters and lenses as well as additive manufactured components for the use in outer space.


RSD 2019

Braunschweig, December 5 – 6, 2019

For the first time the International Conference on Reactive Sputter Deposition RSD takes place at the Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig.


Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Site Braunschweig

Bienroder Weg 54 e
38108 Braunschweig

Telefon 0531 2155 0


Site Göttingen

Application Center for Plasma and Photonics

Von-Ossietzky-Str. 100
37085 Göttingen


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Eberhardstraße 12
44145 Dortmund