Friday, 28. July 2017
  • For the first time ever, a cloud of ultra-cold atoms has been successfully created in space on board of a sounding rocket. The MAIUS mission demonstrates that quantum optical sensors can be operated even in harsh environments like space – a prerequisite for finding answers to challenging questions of fundamental physics.

    Quantum optical sensor tested in space

    Hybrid-integrated master-oscillator power-amplifier (MOPA) laser module for rubidium precision spectroscopy in space
    © FBH / schurian.com

    For the first time ever, a cloud of ultra-cold atoms has been successfully created in space on board of a sounding rocket. The MAIUS mission demonstrates that quantum optical sensors can be operated even in harsh environments like space – a prerequisite for finding answers to challenging questions of fundamental physics.   more...

  • 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.

    Designer’s façade: new concepts of solar building envelopes

    Visualization of a façade with a solar thermal blind
    © Facade-Lab

    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.   more...

  • Transfecting a larger number of cells gently and efficiently – this is possible using the GNOME technology of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH). This technology is especially suitable for high throughput screening. For the first time, the LZH will be presenting this innovative technology at the Labvolution 2017 at the Pavilion of the State of Lower Saxony (hall 19/20, stand C80).

    Transfecting cells gently

    With high vitality rates: GNOME laser transfection
    © LZH

    Transfecting a larger number of cells gently and efficiently – this is possible using the GNOME technology of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH). This technology is especially suitable for high throughput screening. For the first time, the LZH will be presenting this innovative technology at the Labvolution 2017 at the Pavilion of the State of Lower Saxony (hall 19/20, stand C80).   more...

  • Better technologies increase the traffic safety and save human life. But they pose totally new challenges for the emergency personnel at the accident site. Because often, tools like hydraulic rescue cutters more and more reach their limits today. A mobile laser unit for rescue missions shall solve this problem. With this system it shall be possible to cut modern materials in a short time.

    Time is a decisive factor

    The chances for rescue are much higher the faster a person can be freed from the vehicle.
    © Stadt Dortmund – Institut für Feuerwehr- und Rettungstechnologie

    Better technologies increase the traffic safety and save human life. But they pose totally new challenges for the emergency personnel at the accident site. Because often, tools like hydraulic rescue cutters more and more reach their limits today. A mobile laser unit for rescue missions shall solve this problem. With this system it shall be possible to cut modern materials in a short time.   more...

  • Bulk materials are processed in nearly all industries: Sand, gravel, coal, deicing salt or diamonds, grain, sugar, coffee or grapes and waste – a lot of everyday goods are more or less grainy. To classify this bulk material by quality and size, it must be sorted in a sophisticated process. Scientists have developed a system which is able to sort much faster, more cheaply and more accurately than previous techniques.

    Properly sorted: more intelligence to bulk material plants

    Dried fruit, gravel or waste – all this is sorted on belt systems by size and quality.
    © Fraunhofer IOSB

    Bulk materials are processed in nearly all industries: Sand, gravel, coal, deicing salt or diamonds, grain, sugar, coffee or grapes and waste – a lot of everyday goods are more or less grainy. To classify this bulk material by quality and size, it must be sorted in a sophisticated process. Scientists have developed a system which is able to sort much   more...

  • Solar energy holds increasing appeal for use in the mobility sector. Depending on the application, even diesel fuel for trucks can be replaced by photovoltaics to some extent. Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE has carried out and evaluated yield analyses of PV power supply for commercial vehicles, such as refrigerated transport vehicles, using real-life solar irradiance data.

    Lorries powered by sun

    Principle of the vehicle-integrated PV modules for refrigerated semitrailers developed by Fraunhofer ISE
    © Fraunhofer ISE

    Solar energy holds increasing appeal for use in the mobility sector. Depending on the application, even diesel fuel for trucks can be replaced by photovoltaics to some extent. Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE has carried out and evaluated yield analyses of PV power supply for commercial vehicles, such as refrigerated transport vehicles, using real-life solar irradiance data.   more...

  • Thanks to a new processing technique, foamable particles that are based on renewable resources can be processed into individual molded parts, e. g. for utilization as packaging material. Subsequent to use, the foam parts are compostable.

    Compostable packaging material

    Molded foam parts glued together with water.
    © Fraunhofer UMSICHT

    Thanks to a new processing technique, foamable particles that are based on renewable resources can be processed into individual molded parts, e. g. for utilization as packaging material. Subsequent to use, the foam parts are compostable.   more...

  • Preventing corrosion and its consequences is a key issue in most industries because the cost of corrosion in Germany alone amounts to billions of euros. In addition, the marine growth on surfaces is a huge challenge for shipping, offshore wind turbines, and underwater steel structures. Fraunhofer IFAM has many years of experience developing effective corrosion protection systems and antifouling strategies.

    Coatings for protection against corrosion

    Outdoor weathering test stand at Westmole, Helgoland
    © Fraunhofer IFAM

    Preventing corrosion and its consequences is a key issue in most industries because the cost of corrosion in Germany alone amounts to billions of euros. In addition, the marine growth on surfaces is a huge challenge for shipping, offshore wind turbines, and underwater steel structures. Fraunhofer IFAM has many years of experience developing effective   more...

  • The printing, coating and bonding of plastics requires the surface to be pre-treated. Flame treatment is one way to achieve this so-called activation. It is currently being used in many industrial sectors and has considerable potential for development. In cooperation with an industry partner, Fraunhofer IAP in Potsdam is expanding the opportunities provided by flame treatment.

    With considerable potential: Flame treatment

    A flame treatment facility in operation
    © esse CI

    The printing, coating and bonding of plastics requires the surface to be pre-treated. Flame treatment is one way to achieve this so-called activation. It is currently being used in many industrial sectors and has considerable potential for development. In cooperation with an industry partner, Fraunhofer IAP in Potsdam is expanding the opportunities provided by flame treatment.   more...

  • Environmental energy provides an efficient way to supply energy to non-residential buildings such as office and administration buildings, educational and recreational facilities as well as industrial sheds.

    Efficiently heated and cooled

    The technical centre “Gebäude G” at the Biberach University of Applied Sciences. Different types of TABS are built-in here. The building is used for research and teaching.
    © Hochschule Biberach. Institut für Gebäude- und Energiesysteme, Stefan Sättele

    Environmental energy provides an efficient way to supply energy to non-residential buildings such as office and administration buildings, educational and recreational facilities as well as industrial sheds.   more...

  • Multi-material systems with tailored materials combinations are the key for resource-efficient lightweight solutions for future transportation systems. Parts and assemblies are expected to be possibly light, strong, durable and reliable.

    The key for future transportation systems

    A slot-tap joint produced by thermal joining (hybrid joint) of a metal sheet and a fiber reinforced thermoplast
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    Multi-material systems with tailored materials combinations are the key for resource-efficient lightweight solutions for future transportation systems. Parts and assemblies are expected to be possibly light, strong, durable and reliable.   more...