Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT

Hannover Messe 2019

Flexible bipolar plates for the cost-effective production of batteries and solutions for the production systems of the future.

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“Electricity as a resource”

Electrochemical processes that use renewable electricity to synthesize basic chemicals - with the aim of making the chemical industry more sustainable.

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Key technology for powerful redox flow batteries

Fraunhofer UMSICHT researchers have developed a 3.2 m²-sized bipolar plate that allows for the construction of large scale redox flow batteries.

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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.



Bioadhesive based on renewable raw materials

Together with partners from science and industry, researchers from Fraunhofer UMSICHT have developed an innovative, plant-based hot-melt pressure-sensitive adhesive.



Recycling Bioplastics

Bioplastics are considered a sustainable alternative to plastics made from petroleum. The environmentally friendly potential will only be fully realized when it is also possible to recycle them. The experts at Fraunhofer UMSICHT wondered: Are bioplastics compatible with recycling? Their answers can be found in the new position paper, “Recycling Bioplastics.”



Micro Steam Turbine Receives Award

Fraunhofer UMSICHT and TURBONIK GmbH were named as joint recipients of the Stahl-Innovationspreis 2018. Their project “Highly efficient and oil-free stainless-steel micro steam turbines for independent power generation” took first place in the “Products” category.



Giving smartphones and tablets a »second life«

A new study project of Fraunhofer UMSICHT shows: the refurbishing of IT and communication devices for a second operating life makes a significant contribution to the protection of both the climate and resources.



Recovery of valuable substances

Fraunhofer UMSICHT will be at Anuga FoodTec, in Cologne from March 20–23, to showcase solutions that can help to create added value chains and to establish a lasting contribution to sustainability in the food industry.



Powerful redox flow batteries

At the ENERGY STORAGE in Düsseldorf from March 13 to 15 Fraunhofer UMSICHT presents especially long-lasting redox flow stacks and highly flexible bipolar plates with which individual cells can be assembled to large-scale stacks.