Photovoltaics is booming worldwide. If one considers PV installations in 2017, Europe has lost its pioneering role and now holds fourth place behind China, the USA and India. On the other hand, Europe is leading worldwide in PV research and development as demonstrated by the 35th European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition EU PVSEC, held this year in Brussels from 24-28 September 2018. Fraunhofer ISE, Europe’s largest solar research institute, is represented at the conference with over 60 contributions in the form of talks, posters, session chairs and two plenary speeches as well as a booth at the exhibition.
The topics presented by Fraunhofer ISE at the conference cover the entire spectrum of the institute’s photovoltaic research. Silicon photovoltaics makes up the...21.09.2018 | Read more
Before autonomous vehicles are tested on the road or off-road, researchers usually first check their systems in the laboratory. In addition to computer simulations, computer scientists at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK) also use small models of the all-terrain Unimog commercial vehicle from the automobile manufacturer Daimler. They are equipped with sensor, measurement, and camera systems and can thus explore their surroundings autonomously.
At the International Motor Show (IAA) Commercial Vehicles in Hanover from 20 to 27 September, researchers will be presenting the model vehicles at the research...10.09.2018 | Read more
SEMICON Taiwan 2018: Because Heraeus Black Quartz (HBQ®) contains no elements like tungsten or carbon, it is perfectly suited for semiconductor manufacturing
Heraeus has developed a specially colorized quartz glass consisting exclusively of silicon and oxygen and absorbing and radiating heat without conducting it...06.09.2018 | Read more
SEMICON Taiwan 2018: A new infrared emitter design optimizes homogeneous heating processes under ultrapure vacuum conditions, with applications in photovoltaics and glass coatings
At the SEMICON Taiwan exhibition in Taipei at the beginning of September, Heraeus Noblelight will present black.infrared, a global first for the semiconductor...05.09.2018 | Read more
Components for commercial vehicles such as excavators, trucks or forklifts should be as light as possible, yet stable and durable. At the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), engineers at the Institute for Mechanical and Automotive Design (iMAD) rely on a 3D metal printer with which they can produce components in one piece. This technology permits to produce more filigree and lighter parts than with conventional processes. At the International Motor Show for Commercial Vehicles in Hanover (IAA) from 20 to 27 September at the research stand (Hall 13, Stand A28) of the Centre for Commercial Vehicle Technology (ZNT), researchers will answer questions about their technology.
A whole range of products can nowadays be manufactured using 3D printers. This technology is also used at the TUK campus. The engineers around Professor Dr...05.09.2018 | Read more
If you save fuel while driving, you save money. This applies, for example, to transport and bus companies. Kaiserslautern researchers are working on a user-friendly driver assistance system that will help reduce fuel consumption in trucks, for example. With their concept it is possible to save 15 to 30 percent fuel. Companies can also use this system to train their drivers. But this technology is also interesting for private individuals. The driver assistance system can be tested in a driving simulator at the International Motor Show (IAA) Commercial Vehicles in Hanover from 20 to 27 September at the research stand (Hall 13, Stand A28) of the Centre for Commercial Vehicle Technology (ZNT).
There are numerous ways to save fuel while driving, such as anticipatory driving and shifting gears at an early stage. However, most people forget about this...04.09.2018 | Read more
Hannover Messe is expanding to the USA – and Fraunhofer IPK is joining in with a trendsetting exhibit. It combines fast and flexible design and application of the shopfloor IT with a digital twin, which ensures transparency even in complex production systems.
For the first time ever, Deutsche Messe organizes a Hannover Messe brand event outside of Germany – and Fraunhofer IPK is taking part.03.09.2018 | Read more
Since it oversees such a large number of projects, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT from Aachen is increasingly faced with the agony of choice: Which innovations should it present at an industrial exhibition or a congress? At EuroBLECH, from October 23 to 26, 2018 in Hanover, the Aachen scientists will be presenting five groundbreaking developments on all major trends in contemporary sheet metal processing – from hybrid lightweight construction to multifunctional laser robots with an integrated digital twin.
There is a common denominator for all five processes: They stand for different approaches to agile, laser-based manufacturing, and balance flexibility and...30.08.2018 | Read more
Virtual worlds are still a major trend, whether in panorama videos, computer games or in planning processes in the industry. The delivery and storage standard MPEG-OMAF ensures that all VR devices speak the same language and are compatible with each other. The fully standardized HEVC tile-based streaming technology of Fraunhofer HHI will moreover enable a significant increase in the resolution of 360-degree videos with MPEG-OMAF. This is how high-definition video footage enters Virtual Reality. This technology will be shown at IFA 2018 in Berlin from August 31 to September 5 at the joint booth of Deutsche TV-Plattform (hall 26A, booth 203).
Streaming high-quality VR360 panoramic video with resolutions up to 8K consumes large amounts of bandwidth. Moreover, the encoded video requires decoding...27.08.2018 | Read more
Moving into its fourth decade, AchemAsia is setting out for new horizons: The International Expo and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Chemical Production will take place from 21-23 May 2019 in Shanghai, China. With an updated event profile, the eleventh edition focusses on topics that are especially relevant for the Chinese process industry, putting a strong emphasis on sustainability and innovation.
Founded in 1989 as a spin-off of ACHEMA to cater to the needs of China’s then developing industry, AchemAsia has since grown into a platform where the latest...15.06.2018 | Read more
The building blocks of matter in our universe were formed in the first 10 microseconds of its existence, according to the currently accepted scientific picture. After the Big Bang about 13.7 billion years ago, matter consisted mainly of quarks and gluons, two types of elementary particles whose interactions are governed by quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of strong interaction. In the early universe, these particles moved (nearly) freely in a quark-gluon plasma.
This is a joint press release of University Muenster and Heidelberg as well as the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt.
Then, in a phase transition, they combined and formed hadrons, among them the building blocks of atomic nuclei, protons and neutrons. In the current issue of...
Thin-film solar cells made of crystalline silicon are inexpensive and achieve efficiencies of a good 14 percent. However, they could do even better if their shiny surfaces reflected less light. A team led by Prof. Christiane Becker from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has now patented a sophisticated new solution to this problem.
"It is not enough simply to bring more light into the cell," says Christiane Becker. Such surface structures can even ultimately reduce the efficiency by...
A study in the journal Bulletin of Marine Science describes a new, blood-red species of octocoral found in Panama. The species in the genus Thesea was discovered in the threatened low-light reef environment on Hannibal Bank, 60 kilometers off mainland Pacific Panama, by researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (STRI) and the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR) at the University of Costa Rica.
Scientists established the new species, Thesea dalioi, by comparing its physical traits, such as branch thickness and the bright red colony color, with the...
Scientists have succeeded in observing the first long-distance transfer of information in a magnetic group of materials known as antiferromagnets.
An international team of researchers has mapped Nemo's genome, providing the research community with an invaluable resource to decode the response of fish to...
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