Press releases and news

  • Fraunhofer develops with partners new therapeutic approach in battle against infectious diseases / 2020

    InnateFun: strengthening the immune system with small molecules

    Fraunhofer Research News / September 01, 2020

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    Infections pose an increasing risk to hospitalized patients. In collaboration with a number of partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB has developed a new therapeutic approach as part of the InnateFun project. Their strategy is to improve cells’ ability to defend themselves against harmful microorganisms by acting on their immune receptors. The researchers’ work on this therapeutic approach has reached the animal model stage. Models for infections of fungi of the genus Candida, which is also common in hospitals, were analyzed. The preliminary results are promising.

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  • Value creation by combining electrochemistry with biotechnology / 2020

    Dyes from atmospheric CO2

    Fraunhofer IGB press release / August 19, 2020

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    Time for climate protection is pressing. One approach to tackle this challenge is to use the greenhouse gas CO2 as a raw material for chemicals. To this end, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, together with partners from science and industry, has pursued a new path in the EU-funded project CELBICON. The researchers were able to produce a value-added terpenoid dye from CO2 adsorbed from air by a combination of electrochemical and biotechnological conversion.

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  • Fraunhofer Innovation Platform in Stellenbosch / 2020

    Sustainable solutions with South Africa in the fight against water scarcity

    Fraunhofer Press Release / August 04, 2020

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    As a predominantly arid country, South Africa faces the enormous challenge of managing existing resources sustainably. In addition to the scarce water resources, South Africa also faces energy shortages within a system that is dominated by fossil fuel generation, as well as challenges with regard to food security. Stellenbosch University and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have now established the "Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Stellenbosch University" as part of a strategic partnership. The objective of this long-term cooperation is to jointly develop tailored technological and cross-sectoral solutions for water, energy and food security – for the benefit of people and the environment.

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  • German National Hydrogen Strategy leads to international R&D cooperation / 2020

    Fraunhofer research for German-Moroccan hydrogen initiative

    Fraunhofer IGB press release / July 29, 2020

    Green hydrogen
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    Fraunhofer participates in a binational research and development cooperation between Germany and Morocco to develop and promote hydrogen technology and the "Power-to-X" sector in the Maghreb state. Fraunhofer IGB has already carried out studies in this field and is working with Moroccan research and industry partners in the "Green Ammonia" project.

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  • Banddruckmaschine
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    Roll-to-roll (R2R) processes, in which, for example, films, textiles, flat membranes, metal foils or even ultra-thin glass are functionalized, play an important role in numerous industrial processes. In the R2RNet network, founded on June 10, 2020, 21 European partners from industry, research organizations and universities are pooling their expertise in the continuous functionalization of surfaces in the roll-to-roll process. The aim is to promote the exchange of experience and to facilitate access to these technologies and to corresponding equipment. The network was initiated by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP and for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB.

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  • Water-saving food production / 2020

    Soil-less sustainability: Novel agricultural crop production incorporating water reuse

    Press release of the project consortium / April 02, 2020

    Die Salatsetzlinge kommen dank des hydroponischen Verfahrens ohne Erde aus.
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    Record temperatures and prolonged periods of drought are increasingly affecting agriculture worldwide. In Germany, too, droughts are now jeopardizing high-yielding harvests. A cultivation system with a new type of irrigation technology using water reuse is particularly suitable for arid regions and selected crops. And now results and specific recommendations are available for a practical application of this alternative type of agriculture that uses recycled water.

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  • Fraunhofer IGB intensifies partnership in India

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / February 26, 2020

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    In March 2020, director of institute Dr. Markus Wolperdinger and Dr.-Ing. Marius Mohr, head of the innovation field "Water Technologies and Resource Recovery" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, will travel to India with the aim of intensifying international cooperation with Indian institutions and companies. Mohr and his team have already implemented several projects in major Indian cities and are currently involved in the "Global Smart Cities" project in Kochi in southern India. To further promote Indo-German cooperation in the water sector and other areas, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed during Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to India in autumn 2019.

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  • Kick-off of the SUNERGY initiative

    SUNRISE & ENERGY-X Press release / February 14, 2020

    Over 100 stakeholders of the Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) SUNRISE and ENERGY-X gathered on February 5-6, 2020 in Brussels for the kick-off meeting of SUNERGY, a large-scale research and innovation (R&I) initiative in the area of fossil-free fuels and chemicals. Renewable energy experts from academia, industry and policy addressed the current opportunities and challenges towards decarbonizing the European industry and society over the next 30 years. Fraunhofer IGB was leading the work package “Innovation and Exlploitation” within the SUNRISE project and is now looking forward to actively contributing to the important SUNERGY initiative.

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  • © Fraunhofer

    The newly created "Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Stellenbosch University" (FIP-WEF@SU) is the result of many years of cooperation between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the South African Stellenbosch University, most recently in the ICON project WASTEC. On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Fraunhofer President Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer and Prof. Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector Research, Innovation & Postgraduate Studies at Stellenbosch University, signed the corresponding cooperation agreement at a meeting in South Africa.

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  • The synthesis of bio-based high-performance polyamide from biogenic residues / 2020

    A real alternative to crude oil

    Technical University of Munich / Press release / January 27, 2020

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    A research team from the Fraunhofer Society and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by chemist Volker Sieber has developed a new polyamide family which can be produced from a byproduct of cellulose production – a successful example for a more sustainable economy with bio-based materials. The work was recently published in Nature Communications.

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