Fraunhofer IAO has more than 40 scientists working on novel solutions for tomorrow’s mobility and cities, and since July 1 they have been pooling their expertise in an interdisciplinary team covering all aspects of the “city” as a future market. The new business area aims to provide integrated solutions conceived for industry and the public sector.
Systematically shaping the city of tomorrow
© Victor S. Brigola
Our cities face a host of challenges – growing population numbers, climate change, demographic shifts, rising living standards and a scarcity of natural resources – and the only way they can bring about the profound changes these call for is if they become smart. It will take more than standard technologies and conventional offers to overcome these hurdles. The roadmap to tomorrow’s sustainable, life-enhancing cities is drawn using smart concepts that are systematically put into action using new technologies. This approach turns whole cities into technology demonstrators – and makes them one of the largest future markets for a vast array of players.
In order to actively shape tomorrow’s cities, Fraunhofer IAO is channeling its collective know-how into its new “Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering” business area. This is where a team of engineers, urban planners, computer scientists, economists and sociologists is working together with industry and city officials to develop, test and prepare systemic solutions for real-world applications. Mobility remains at the heart of the interweaving research activities that focus on the following points:
- Electric vehicle systems: Integrating electric vehicle fleets, developing new logistics concepts as well as exploring smart charge management systems
- Urban mobility: Developing sustainable mobility concepts for urban spaces
- City: Designing CO2-neutral, energy-efficient and climate-adapted cities, rolling out future-ready concepts for urban
- Energy: Smart networking of different energy sources along with electric vehicles into micro smart grids, integrating energy storage systems as buffers
- Sharing systems:Working up technological and organizational solutions that allow goods to be shared, developing products with sharing in mind
Equipped with Germany’s largest charging facility – located at the parking bay of the Fraunhofer Campus in Stuttgart – as well as a 30-strong “research fleet” of electric vehicles, Fraunhofer IAO offers the perfect platform for the various projects’ activities. Mobility experts are already hard at work in some ten different projects as part of Baden-Württemberg’s “LivingLab BWe mobil” electromobility showcase initiative. What’s more, the institute is also coordinating Fraunhofer’s “Morgenstadt – city of the future” initiative. Research and education are being interlinked at the Fraunhofer Application Center KEIM, the competence center for energy and information technology mobility interfaces at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. Meanwhile, Fraunhofer scientists at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Branch Lab are busy exploring the possibilities of eMobility and its impact on tourism.Contact:
Juliane Segedi | Fraunhofer-Institut
Dispersal of Fish Eggs by Water Birds – Just a Myth?
19.02.2018 | Universität Basel
Removing fossil fuel subsidies will not reduce CO2 emissions as much as hoped
08.02.2018 | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Satellites in near-Earth orbit are at risk due to the steady increase in space debris. But their mission in the areas of telecommunications, navigation or weather forecasts is essential for society. Fraunhofer FHR therefore develops radar-based systems which allow the detection, tracking and cataloging of even the smallest particles of debris. Satellite operators who have access to our data are in a better position to plan evasive maneuvers and prevent destructive collisions. From April, 25-29 2018, Fraunhofer FHR and its partners will exhibit the complementary radar systems TIRA and GESTRA as well as the latest radar techniques for space observation across three stands at the ILA Berlin.
The "traffic situation" in space is very tense: the Earth is currently being orbited not only by countless satellites but also by a large volume of space...
An international team of researchers has discovered a new anti-cancer protein. The protein, called LHPP, prevents the uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells in the liver. The researchers led by Prof. Michael N. Hall from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, report in “Nature” that LHPP can also serve as a biomarker for the diagnosis and prognosis of liver cancer.
The incidence of liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma, is steadily increasing. In the last twenty years, the number of cases has almost doubled...
In just a few weeks from now, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere where it will to a large extent burn up. It is possible that some debris will reach the Earth's surface. Tiangong-1 is orbiting the Earth uncontrolled at a speed of approx. 29,000 km/h.Currently the prognosis relating to the time of impact currently lies within a window of several days. The scientists at Fraunhofer FHR have already been monitoring Tiangong-1 for a number of weeks with their TIRA system, one of the most powerful space observation radars in the world, with a view to supporting the German Space Situational Awareness Center and the ESA with their re-entry forecasts.
Following the loss of radio contact with Tiangong-1 in 2016 and due to the low orbital height, it is now inevitable that the Chinese space station will...
Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, provider of research and development services for OLED lighting solutions, announces the founding of the “OLED Licht Forum” and presents latest OLED design and lighting solutions during light+building, from March 18th – 23rd, 2018 in Frankfurt a.M./Germany, at booth no. F91 in Hall 4.0.
They are united in their passion for OLED (organic light emitting diodes) lighting with all of its unique facets and application possibilities. Thus experts in...
A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars' putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million...
23.03.2018 | Event News
19.03.2018 | Event News
16.03.2018 | Event News
23.03.2018 | Materials Sciences
23.03.2018 | Agricultural and Forestry Science
23.03.2018 | Physics and Astronomy