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Solar Collectors from Ultra-High Performance Concrete Combine Energy Efficiency and Aesthetics

When integrating renewable energy into the building envelope, solar thermal plays a significant role. So far, solar thermal products were generally based on metal components that conduct heat, absorb a high fraction of solar radiation and emit little infrared radiation to prevent thermal loss. Using this state of the art technology, building integration and architectural aspects are however often neglected.

In the »TABSOLAR II« project, Fraunhofer ISE, together with partners, is following the new approach to produce solar-thermal collectors made from ultra-high...

16.01.2017 | nachricht Read more

Energy-Efficient Building Operation: Monitoring Platform MONDAS Identifies Energy-Saving Potential

Through optimized operation management, up to 30 % of building energy consumption could be saved. Even low-cost investment measures could result in optimization and significant reduction of costs. In order to save energy, a detailed analysis of the building operation is necessary. For this purpose, Fraunhofer ISE developed the energy monitoring platform MONDAS, which provides all components necessary for collecting, saving, processing and visualizing relevant time-series data regarding building operation. The platform successfully pools software modules to a high-performance overall system. It will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.

Through continuous and automated supervision of the operation of building services, significant energy savings can be reached. Optimization takes economical...

16.01.2017 | nachricht Read more

Kiel University will be presenting itself at the Hannover Messe 2017

CAU presents cutting-edge research, ideas and technology from Schleswig-Holstein
Kiel University (CAU) is currently working at top speed to prepare for the new excellence strategy agreed upon by the German federal and state governments. The excellence strategy is aimed at promoting world-class university research in Germany, and will provide annual funding totalling 533 million Euros from 2018 onwards. From 24 to 28 April 2017 Kiel University will present its research concepts at the Hannover Messe in Hall 2 (Research & Technology).

In addition to the four research foci, the emphasis lies on knowledge transfer, patents and start-up initiatives. Examples of excellent individual research...

12.12.2016 | nachricht Read more

COMPAMED 2016 connected medical devices and people

Miniaturized connected systems and outstanding business contacts: forming networks on both technical and business level was one of the key features of COMPAMED 2016, the international trade fair for suppliers and manufacturers of medical technologies. This trend was visible at and enhanced by the joint trade fair booth of the IVAM Microtechnology Network in hall 8a, the accompanying presentation forum and numerous B2B meetings between companies from Germany and Japan.

The trend towards digitalization and networking was omnipresent at the world's largest medical trade fair MEDICA / COMPAMED, which took place November 14-17,...

23.11.2016 | nachricht Read more

Successfully transferring Industrie 4.0 into reality

• SmartFactoryKL and DFKI will exhibit at SPS IPC Drives
• Agile factory systems and human-machine-interaction are main topics

"With their joint booth at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg (Germany), Europe's leading expert trade fair for electric automation, the Technology Initiative...

21.11.2016 | nachricht Read more

The desks of tomorrow

Premiere for two brand-new workplace prototypes at ORGATEC 2016 [Hall 8.1. C 040]

“New visions of work” is this year’s motto for ORGATEC, the leading trade fair in modern workplace concepts. Together with partners from the Office21®...

14.11.2016 | nachricht Read more

formnext 2016: low-cost SLM unit with production costs below 20,000 euros

FH Aachen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are to present a new, low-cost SLM unit for the first time at formnext in Frankfurt am Main from November 15-18, 2016. Developed jointly with the GoetheLab at FH Aachen, the unit is intended primarily for small and medium-sized enterprises for whom expensive selective laser melting technology is not yet economically viable because of the high level of investment required.

For major corporations, it is easy to make the move into additive manufacturing: they can hire specialists, invest in new and expensive plant, or establish new...

07.11.2016 | nachricht Read more

The energy-saving data glasses

Data glasses mirror information to the eye without interfering with the wearer‘s vision. However, the battery runs down quickly, because the electronics consume a great amount of electricity while playing back the images. Fraunhofer researchers have developed an energy-saving display that reduces the power consumption to a fraction. The new display will be presented at the electronica trade fair in Munich from November 08-11, 2016.

Via a small display, data glasses present the eye with information or images which are received using a radio link from the frame of the glasses. The big...

04.11.2016 | nachricht Read more

Creating living spaces for people: The »Fraunhofer CityLaboratory« at BAU 2017

Digitization and urbanization, resource and energy efficiency, demographic change and climate change require intensive examination and innovative and sustainable solutions by society, economy and research. In this context, interdisciplinary action continues to gain importance. The Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance combines the competence of 14 Fraunhofer institutes to provide interdisciplinary solutions for the building industry. In the scope of its special show »Fraunhofer CityLaboratory – Creating living spaces for people« introduced at the BAU 2017 trade fair, the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance presents products and solutions from building research in Hall C2, Booth 538.

According to an analysis conducted by the HypoVereinsbank and Roland Berger, the building sector in Germany has experienced a positive development since 2011 –...

14.10.2016 | nachricht Read more

Reducing Weight through Laser-assisted Material Processing in Automobile Construction

Lightweight construction concepts have become an indispensable part of today's production technology. The automobile industry, for example, uses press-hardened and ultra-high strength steels with a tensile strength of up to 2,000 MPa in car body construction to reduce weight. Compared to steels with lower strength, these high-performance steels allow smaller sheet thicknesses leading to lighter components, which in addition exhibit equally good or even improved crash behavior. To process these demanding high-performance materials, laser material processing is the method of choice.

Together with project partners from science and industry, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have advanced the development in...

13.10.2016 | nachricht Read more
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Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Traffic jam in empty space

New success for Konstanz physicists in studying the quantum vacuum

An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by...

Im Focus: How gut bacteria can make us ill

HZI researchers decipher infection mechanisms of Yersinia and immune responses of the host

Yersiniae cause severe intestinal infections. Studies using Yersinia pseudotuberculosis as a model organism aim to elucidate the infection mechanisms of these...

Im Focus: Interfacial Superconductivity: Magnetic and superconducting order revealed simultaneously

Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.

While superconductivity and magnetism are generally believed to be mutually exclusive, surprisingly, in this new material, superconducting correlations...

Im Focus: Studying fundamental particles in materials

Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states within condensed matter systems and switching between different states on ultrafast time scales

Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity...

Im Focus: Designing Architecture with Solar Building Envelopes

Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.

As part of the “ArKol – development of architecturally highly integrated façade collectors with heat pipes” project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners...

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