Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT

The Annual Report 2018 has been published!

Many success stories and large-scale projects have shaped our scientific work in the last year. Get an insight into our activities and do not hesitate to contact us if you have ideas for an exciting joint project!

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Our expertise has proven itself in a wide range of projects.

Fraunhofer expertise for business, politics, and society in the fields of energy, processes, and products.

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We are working on the industrialization of hydrogen electrolysis by developing and manufacturing new materials and systems – from catalysts and electrodes to fuel cells and stacks.

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Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT


Our know-how covers technical innovations in the fields of environmental, material, process, and energy technology. Our objective is the advancement of sustainable economies, environmentally friendly technologies and innovative approaches. Our wish: to improve the standard of living and to promote the innovation capacity of the economy.



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e-World 2020

The Performance Center DYNAFLEX® plans future-oriented interface projects for the energy and materials industry. Visit us at the e-World, where we will be happy to discuss individual solutions for your company and the concrete implementation of the DYNAFLEX® network.



Microplastics in rivers and lakes

Microplastics and plastics are widespread in the environment. However, it is still largely unknown where the small particles and fibres come from and what effects they have on freshwater systems. This is why the LimnoPlast project was launched on 1st November, in which 13 European project partners cooperate within the topic.



assessment of recycling activities

The efficient recycling of recyclable materials can make significant positive contributions by tackling resource use and consequently addressing climate change. This is confirmed by the study ‘resources SAVED by recycling’.



Mulch foils in agriculture

In the »iMulch« project, funded by the EU and the German federate state North Rhine-Westphalia, scientists are developing new measuring methods to analyse the effects of plastics (micro and macro plastics) on soils and drainage waters.



Cooperation with Chiba University

In future, German and Japanese researchers want to cooperate more closely in the development of new technologies for urban horticulture.



Assessment tool for recyclable packaging

Plastic is an important material in the packaging industry. The material offers many advantages – but also faces criticism due to the great challenge to create a closed loop for plastic in the sense of a circular economy. Fraunhofer UMSICHT tested a software tool developed by Henkel that detects viability early in the packaging design process.



Influence of artificial light

Shift work throws the internal clock out of sync and means stress for the body. Fraunhofer UMSICHT used an experimental lighting system at the BMW Group plant in Munich to investigate the influence of artificial light on the body and mind.



Processing of toner cartridges

A new study conducted by the Fraunhofer UMSICHT on behalf of the environmental service provider Interseroh shows the specific contribution the professional reprocessing and reuse of used toner cartridges makes towards climate protection and resource savings.

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