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  • German Minister Robert Habeck and Canadian Minister Jonathan Wilkinson show support for Canada-Germany co-innovations in the hydrogen industry / 2024

    Integrative Nanotech: A Fraunhofer spin-off revolutionizes hydrogen leak detection

    Joint press release of Integrative Nanotech and the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST / May 15, 2024

    Dr. Volker Sittinger (Left, Fraunhofer IST) and Dr. Hunter King (Right, Integrative Nanotech) finalizing agreements to develop high performance hydrogen sensors for leak detection applications.
    © Integrative Nanotech

    Integrative Nanotech, a dynamic spin-off from the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, has joined forces with its parent institution to revolutionize hydrogen leak detection. This strategic partnership will significantly accelerate the development of next-generation hydrogen leak detection systems and prove their production methods on industrial-scale production systems. The collaboration aims to propel the hydrogen-powered transportation sector into a safer and more efficient future.

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  • Award for many years of commitment / 2024

    Two SVC Distinguished Presenter Awards for representatives of the Fraunhofer IST

    Press Release / May 08, 2024

    The award winners Dr. Volker Sittinger (right) and Dr. Ralf Bandorf after the presentation of the Distinguished Presenter Award.
    © Fraunhofer IST

    Within the framework of this year’s conference of the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC TechCon 2024), the two long-standing employees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, Dr. Ralf Bandorf and Dr. Volker Sittinger, were honored with the “Distinguished Presenter Award”, which was conferred for the very first time. The award honors individuals who have enriched the SVC technical program through sustainable contributions towards the advancement of vacuum coating, surface engineering and related technologies.

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  • Online format "TransferTalk" enters the next round / 2024

    "Sustainability as the Success Factor in Industries"

    Press Release / April 12, 2024

    Net zero and carbon neutral concept. Net zero greenhouse gas emissions target. Climate neutral long term strategy. Hand put wooden cubes with decrease carbon emission icon and green icon.
    © Parradee,

    How can small and medium-sized companies efficiently develop and implement a sustainability strategy? What opportunities, challenges and risks are associated with this? Our experts will answer these and other questions in the next round of the online dialog format "TransferTalk" on 13 May 2024.

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  • The Fraunhofer IST at the Hannover Messe 2024 / 2024

    Pressure and temperature measurement in rolling contacts under mixed friction thanks to innovative thin-film multi-sensor

    Press Release / March 19, 2024

    Sensory roller bearing washers
    © Fraunhofer IST

    The measurement of pressure and temperature plays a crucial role in various technical applications from rolling bearings to gears and seals. In particular, there have been no solutions to date for measurements under mixed friction, i. e. the simultaneous occurrence of liquid and solid friction. At the Hannover Messe from April 22 – 26, 2024, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST will be presenting a newly developed thin-film multi-sensor that enables pressure and temperature measurements even under mixed friction and high loads.

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  • The Fraunhofer IST at the Hannover Messe 2024 / 2024

    Sensory tool inserts enable real-time quality control during injection molding

    Press Release / March 18, 2024

    Sensory tool inserts with 13 measuring points for injection molding, injection molding sample and plastic granulate.
    © Fraunhofer IST

    The economical and ecological manufacturing of components using injection molding requires a high level of process reliability. This requires precise recording and monitoring of relevant parameters such as temperature and pressure curves. At Hannover Messe from April 22 – 26, 2024, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST will be presenting real-time data acquisition directly during the running process using integrated and wear-resistant thin-film sensors. The special feature here is that the tribologically resistant multifunctional sensor systems are deposited directly on the tool surface, enabling measurement in the main load zones.

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  • New further training format at the Fraunhofer IST / 2024

    "think GREEN, act SMART: Introduction to sustainability for companies"

    Press Release / March 14, 2024

    The topics of sustainability and climate neutrality are becoming increasingly important in today's business world. In the wake of climate change and the growing awareness of our planet's limited resources, it is of great importance for companies to make their activities sustainable and minimize their environmental footprint. The demand for skilled professionals with expertise in sustainability and life cycle assessment (LCA), capable of effectively applying their knowledge within their respective companies, is constantly increasing, especially in areas such as purchasing or sales.

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  • Fraunhofer IST Head of Department appointed to the Advisory Board of the Association for European Sustainability and Eco-Management Professionals, VNU e. V. / 2024

    Association work in the field of sustainability and environmental management

    Interview  / March 13, 2024

    Prof. Dr. Stephan Krinke, Head of Sustainability Management and Life Cycle Engineering at the Fraunhofer IST, was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Association for European Sustainability and Eco-Management Professionals, VNU e. V. in December 2023. The Association is an independent collective that brings together industry, science and certification bodies and supports the practical implementation of sustainability and environmental management in companies. Furthermore, the VNU networks the stakeholders through conferences and regional meetings and helps to enable the implementation of the latest developments from science and standardization into practice.

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  • S Mile Solutions (Pty) Ltd – Fraunhofer spin-off commences work / 2024

    Help for the last mile in the sub-Saharan region

    Press Release / March 12, 2024

    The prototype of a mobile supply platform in field tests.
    © Fraunhofer ISE, Ricarda Sack

    No clean water, no functioning electricity grid, no primary healthcare – a scenario that is not uncommon in remote areas of the sub-Saharan region. The founding of “S Mile Solutions (Pty) Ltd”, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, is seeking to change this. The start-up, based in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, provides smart, small-scale and off-grid infrastructure solutions that are mounted on commercially available pick-up trucks, thereby enabling companies and institutions to access rural and remote communities with their services and products.

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  • Technology development in the field of electrode coating for aluminum-ion battery cells in the BALU consortia project.
    © Jürgen Lösel / Fraunhofer IKTS

    In the joint project “BALU - Production technology for battery cell concepts on the basis of aluminum-ion technology”, a consortium of research institutions and specialized industrial companies is further developing the aluminum-graphite dual-ion battery (AGDIB). As a result of its high power density, AGDIB technology has tremendous potential in the area of highly dynamic load requirements and could be an alternative to cost- and material-intensive lithium batteries. The project is pursuing the ambitious goal of transferring the production of AGDIB cells from laboratory scale to industry-compatible production conditions. In addition to the transfer of the new battery technology, explicit ecological considerations – such as environmentally friendly production, subsequent recycling, and the avoidance of critical raw materials – hereby play an important role. The BALU project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the “Batterie2020Transfer” program.

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  • Renewable energy / 2023

    Scalable solutions for green hydrogen production in South Africa

    Press Release / December 04, 2023

    Kick-off meeting HySecunda
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    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 sup-porting efforts to build capacity in the region and in current projects on hy-drogen-based fuels for the aviation industry.

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