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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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  • Water purification for rural regions in Southern Africa / 2020

    Safe water “Made in Africa”

    Press release / 19.2.2020

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Electrodes for the production of all battery cells.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    The Fraunhofer Battery Alliance bundles the expertise of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the field of electrochemical energy storage devices. Only recently, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, represented by the engineers Sabrina Zellmer and Stefan Blume, has also been a member.

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  • Water treatment in Sharjah

    Press release / 14.7.2019

    The CEO of the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Parks (SRTIP) His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi and Dr. Lothar Schäfer of the Fraunhofer IST signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of the further development of technologies in the field of water management.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Guido Hora

    On 5th July 2019, the Fraunhofer Water Systems Alliance (SysWasser), represented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, and the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) in the United Arab Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The goal of the future cooperation is the further development of technologies in the field of water management.

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  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Molter, Frau Prof. Dr. Astrid Hedtke-Becker, Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer, Dr.-Ing. Jochen Brand (v. l. n. r.) bei der Vertragsunterzeichnung.
    © Hochschule Mannheim, Anja Daniels

    On 10th July, the Hochschule Mannheim - University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST signed a cooperation agreement on the expansion of joint research activities in the field of tribology and surfaces. The Kompetenzzentrum Tribologie has been working closely with the Braunschweig institute since 2018 within the framework of the newly created DFG (German research foundation) priority program SPP2074 “Fluid-free lubrication systems”.

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