Breakthrough in electricity storage
New large and powerful redox flow battery
Press Release Mar 18, 2013
More and more electricity is being generated from intermittent sources of power, such as solar and wind energy. Powerful electric energy storage devices are necessary to level out corresponding irregularities in the power supply. Fraunhofer scientists have recently made an important breakthrough with their development of a redox flow battery that reaches stack power up to 25 kW, with a cell size of 0.5 square meters. This is eight times larger than the previous A4-sized systems. They will be presenting the new battery for the first time at the Hannover Messe trade show (from April 8–12).
Andreas Hornung is a member of the board of the International Biochar Initiative IBI
Press Release Jan 25, 2013
Effective January 23, 2013, Professor Dr. Andreas Hornung was appointed as a member of the board of the International Biochar Initiative IBI. On January 1, 2013 he took over the direction of the Institute branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg of Fraunhofer UMSICHT.
Professor Hornung is the new director of the Institute Branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg of Fraunhofer UMSICHT
Press Release Jan 09, 2013
Effective January 1, 2013, Professor Dr. Andreas Hornung took over the management of the Institute Branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg of Fraunhofer UMSICHT. Professor Hornung, who is also the Director of the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University in the UK, conducts research in biomass-based systems for energy conversion and storage, and now leads the institution in the Upper Palatinate which belongs to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft since July 2012.
EU research project on algae-based polymers kicks off
SPLASH – Sustainable Polymers from Algae Sugars and Hydrocarbons
Press Release Dec 03, 2012
On 19-21 November 2012 the twenty partners involved in an EU funded research programme held their kick-off meeting in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Led by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the 4-year project has the goal to develop a new biobased industrial platform using microalgae as raw material for the sustainable production and recovery of hydrocarbons and (exo)polysaccharides from algae and their further conversion to renewable polymers. SPLASH will deliver knowledge, tools and technologies needed for the establishment of a new industry sector: Industrial Biotechnology based on algae and/or algal genes for the manufacture of polyesters and polyolefins.
Award for sustainable research in the shift in energy and raw materials
Minister of Science Schulze presents Fraunhofer UMSICHT with award as "Place of Progress"
Press Release Sep 20, 2012
Science Minister Svenja Schulze today presented the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) in Oberhausen, Germany, with an award as "Place of Progress" (“Ort des Fortschritts”). At the award ceremony, the minister lauded the Institute especially for its special research achievements in connection with the shift in energy and protection of resources. "UMSICHT allows for safe, cost-efficient and climate-friendly solutions in the energy supply", declared Minister Schulze. The honorary title "Place of Progress" recognizes the special contributions of these scientific pioneers to progress in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). UMSICHT is the meanwhile fourteenth "Place of Progress" in NRW.
Achema 2012 – Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster "Bioenergy"
Press Release Jun 04, 2012
The material and energetic utilization of biomass can contribute towards covering the worldwide raw materials and energy supply needs. In addition, it reduces the emission of gases harmful to the climate, diversifies the raw materials supply and stabilizes it long-term. From June 18 to 22, Fraunhofer UMSICHT is exhibiting the Innovation Cluster Bioenergy at the Achema 2012. Its objective is to develop new utilization concepts for dry and wet biomass as well as biomass containing lignocellulose. The exhibit is located at Hall 9.2, Booth D64.