• Schematic life cycle of energy storage systems.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Marén Gröschel

    The German government wants to sustainably strengthen battery research in Germany along the entire value chain, to accelerate the transfer into industrial applications and to support the development of battery-cell production in Germany. Within the framework of the umbrella concept “Forschungsfabrik Batterie” (Battery Research Factory), four new competence clusters will contribute towards this. The Fraunhofer IST is introducing its competencies in the field of life cycle engineering into the “Recycling and green batteries” cluster.

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  • Fraunhofer vs. Corona / 2020

    Facing the crisis together: Ideas and solution approaches from the Fraunhofer IST

    Press release / April 30, 2020

    © Fraunhofer

    The corona pandemic presents major challenges for society, the economy and science. The common goal must be to find a way out of the crisis as quickly as possible, whereby the protection of humans must remain the number one priority. The scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig are also making an important contribution by means of their developments, the activation of their networks, the evolvement of their project ideas and their support of the economy and society in coping with direct effects and subsequent consequences. A number of projects are thereby being funded directly by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft using internal resources within the framework of the central action program “Fraunhofer vs. corona”.

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  • The Fraunhofer team an the kick-off of the ”Neo-PEC” joint project.
    © Fraunhofer IKTS

    Hydrogen plays a key role in the search for future energy sources that reduce CO2 emissions and provide a stable energy supply. The joint project “Neo-PEC“ therefore aims to develop a tandem module that will be able to produce green hydrogen in a clean and cost-effective manner, thus enabling a decentralized hydrogen supply using an energy carrier which is transportable according to demand. With the help of the module, water is directly split into hydrogen and oxygen by photo-catalytic means (Photo Electro-Catalytic (PEC) Water Splitting). This novel technology does not require expensive electrolyzers and is scalable as required. For the three-year project “Neo-PEC“, 3.4 million euros are being made available to the participating partners Fraunhofer IKTS, IST and CSP within the framework of the Fraunhofer internal funding program PREPARE.

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  • Coating platform EOSS<sup>®</sup>
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    With the EOSS® (Enhanced Optical Sputtering System) coating platform developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, highly sophisticated optical coatings can be produced, e.g. for optical filters. In addition to almost defect-free layers, complicated layer designs comprised of up to several hundred individual layers can be realized in a controlled manner with very high precision and uniformity.

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  • Water purification for rural regions in Southern Africa / 2020

    Safe water “Made in Africa”

    Press release / February 19, 2020

    Demonstrator in South Africa: overall view including the solar panels supplying the electrical power needed.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Jan Gäbler

    More than 100 million people in Southern Africa still have no access to clean water. Especially in rural areas, many streams, lakes or other natural sources are heavily polluted. Together with nine other European and African partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST has developed a decentralized water-purification system in order to change this.

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  • Hydrogen technologies / 2020

    Fraunhofer IST is a new member of the Fraunhofer Network “Wasserstoff” (Hydrogen)

    Press release / January 13, 2020

    The bipolar plates of a redox flow battery.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Jan Benz

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has founded a hydrogen network - which now also includes the Fraunhofer IST, represented by Dr.-Ing. Marko Eichler. The aim of the network is developing hydrogen technologies to market maturity within a short period of time and therefore providing a contribution towards the energy revolution.

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  • RSD / 2019

    Fraunhofer IST organizes the RSD in Germany for the first time

    Press release / December 10, 2019

    The RSD participants at the Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    From 5th - 6th December 2019, the 18th International Conference on Reactive Sputter Deposition RSD took place in Braunschweig, Germany for the first time. Organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, the conference and accompanying exhibition provided an excellent platform for the around 100 participants from 22 countries to discuss the latest trends and their implementation in new technologies and innovative products.

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  • Fraunhofer lighthouse project “MaNiTU” / 2019

    Fraunhofer lighthouse project “MaNiTU” develops materials for sustainable tandem solar cells

    Press release / December 03, 2019

    High-efficiency solar cells can, for example, be integrated into the roofs of electric vehicles in order to increase their range.
    © Fraunhofer ISE

    Solar cells with the highest level of efficiency provide electricity cost-effectively and thereby consume less space and fewer resources. They also enable the creation of new products, such as electric cars, which can be charged via solar cells. Due to the physical limitations, the efficiency of silicon solar cells can no longer be increased arbitrarily. With tandem solar cells comprised of several light-absorbing layers, however, efficiency levels of more than 35 % are possible, as a result of which they have become the focus of current solar-cell research. In the Fraunhofer lighthouse project “MaNiTU”, six Fraunhofer institutes are developing sustainable, highly efficient and cost-effective tandem solar cells on the basis of new absorber materials.

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  • Apprenticeship at the Fraunhofer IST / 2019

    Three successfully completed apprenticeships at the Fraunhofer IST

    Press release / September 19, 2019

    The graduates Conrad von Bülow and Jonas Boomers, their trainers Sven Pleger and Daniel Schulze as well as the director Prof. Bräuer (f.l.t.r.).
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    This year, a total of three Fraunhofer IST apprentices successfully completed their training. Two apprentices were even honored by the Braunschweig Chamber of Industry and Commerce for their particularly good performance in the final examinations.

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  • Ready for a fresh start: Torsten Hochsattel and Rowena Duckstein pack up the last waveguide coated at the Fraunhofer IST for the Sentinel-1 mission.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    On 3rd September, the time had finally come: After eleven years, Project Manager Torsten Hochsattel held in his hands the – for the time being – final antenna component for the Sentinel-1C and D missions to be coated by him and the galvanic team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST.

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