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  • Fraunhofer IWS is developing innovative solutions for current challenges of lithium metal anodes / 2019

    Key component for batteries of the future

    Press release – Fraunhofer IWS / 3.4.2019

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    Fraunhofer IWS scientists headed by Dr. Holger Althues have developed an innovative process for the cost-efficient production of thin lithium anodes made of molten lithium. In the BMBF-funded “MaLiBa” project, the Dresden Institute is working with the companies hpulcas and SGS as well as with scientists led by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Janek of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen to solve further crucial issues relating to this concept. The most important innovation consists in realizing an anode compound. This contains a few micrometers thick nickel foil with lithium film stabilized by means of protective layers.

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  • Dresden Fraunhofer institute bundles technologies for additive production under one roof / 2019

    Innovation Center Additive Manufacturing inaugurated at Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden

    Press release – Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden / 8.3.2019

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    At the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden, the "Innovation Center Additive Manufacturing" (ICAM) was inaugurated on March 7, 2019. Here, the Dresden research institute combines various technologies for additive manufacturing in a newly constructed technology hall in order to be able to demonstrate to partners and users a wide range of possibilities for the generative manufacturing of three-dimensional components under one roof in the future.

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  • Materials expert from Dresden appointed “Adjunct Professor” in Melbourne / 2019

    International award for Christoph Leyens

    Press release – Fraunhofer IWS / 7.3.2019

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    Dresden materials expert Christoph Leyens has been appointed Adjunct Professor by the renowned RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Leyens is head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS and director of the Institute for Materials Science at Dresden University of Technology.

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  • Joint research project "Prometheus" further develops surface technology for lower CO2 emissions / 2019

    Economical engines due to less friction

    Press release – Fraunhofer IWS / 4.3.2019

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    Together with the automotive industry, researchers at the Fraunhofer IWS have been working to develop processes for friction-reducing surfaces of engine components over the past few years. Now, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced even further by enhancing surface technology. The Dresden Institute is researching in this direction with various partners in the joint project "Prometheus".

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  • Joint research platform for energy storage systems

    Press release – Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Management Systems ZESS in Braunschweig, Germany / 7.2.2019

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    The new Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Management Systems ZESS was inaugurated today, February 7, 2019. Located at the Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFF) in Braunschweig, it is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST – in close cooperation with the Technische Universität Braunschweig. The purpose of the new project center is to develop existing energy storage systems, both mobile and stationary, to the level of industrial maturity, and to demonstrate new solutions at a level of technological maturity of four to six.

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  • Better batteries for a greater range of electric vehicles – this is the goal of the “EMBATT-goes-FAB” project sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. For that reason, the four project partners thyssenkrupp System Engineering GmbH, IAV GmbH, Daimler AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS are developing bipolar batteries and processes for their fabrication. Thanks to their unique stacked layout, a higher storage capacity and, ultimately, a greater range of the vehicle are achieved using the same surface area. The innovative battery technology will now be taken to the next level of maturity and thus one step closer to industrialization.

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  • Micro fishbones to stop car fuel thirst

    Press release ­– Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 12.9.2018

    Dresden Fraunhofer engineers are working on reducing the fuel consumption of cars by more than a tenth. They use ultra-short laser pulses to generate very fine and friction-reducing fishbone patterns in engines.

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  • Ceramic filtration systems for closed-loop aquaculture

    Press release – Fraunhofer IKTS / 12.9.2018

    The increasing global demand for fish cannot be met in the long term without aquaculture. In order to maintain high quality standards, enormous quantities of fresh water have to be provided. In a joint project with partners from research and industry, Fraunhofer IKTS scientists have developed ceramic filtration systems that not only clean the water in aquacultures, but also adsorb disturbing odors and flavors.

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  • Industry 4.0: safety glasses off, data glasses on!

    Press release – Fraunhofer FEP / 11.9.2018

    Safety helmets with built-in microdisplays and multifunction data glasses will soon monitor production lines, advise workers of dangers, and display storage locations. The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP is developing OLED microdisplays and sensors as the foundation for intelligent data glasses in the sectors of medicine, vehicle production, entertainment, and for Industry 4.0. The respective display design and parameters such as resolution, pixel size, and supplementary functions can be varied and combined depending on the application, such as for monitoring manufacturing processes or in logistics. The range of displays runs from high-resolution microdisplays in extended full HD for AR/VR applications to variants with ultra-low power consumption for consumer wearables. Evaluation kits are available from Fraunhofer FEP as development tools.

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  • Lasers make the lotus effect on aircraft

    Press release – Fraunhofer IWS / 8.8.2018

    Filigree engravings on external surfaces of aircraft are intended to ensure that airflow remains smooth and drag on the aircraft low. For this, engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, the Technische Universität Dresden and Airbus have developed a laser process that produces textured surfaces at high throughput making surface contamination more difficult.

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