Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT

The Annual Report 2019 has been published

The focus is on projects and initiatives related to climate change and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

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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 celebrate 30 years of Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Started in 1990 with five employees, the UMSICHT team now comprises 530 people. For three decades we have been developing technical innovations that contribute to a resource-saving society and economy. On our 30th birthday we are ready for a new vision: We are pioneers in a sustainable world.

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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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Welcome to

Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT


We want a clean environment. The waste of raw materials annoys us. We strive for efficient processes, environmentally friendly technologies and sustainable products. Therefore we want to make research understandable and motivate people to join us in the transition to a sustainable society. This is what we stand for. This is what Fraunhofer UMSICHT stands for.

For us, sustainability is lived practice. We are interested in what needs to change in order to make the transition to a sustainable society work. We have in mind the change in the supply of raw materials and energy and the change from a linear economic system to a circular one. We are familiar with this. This is what we are researching – although currently under special conditions:

The corona pandemic presents us all with major challenges.  

In order to slow down the spread of the virus and protect the health of everyone, the UMSICHT team is now working from home. There we are available for you by phone or e-mail and try to reduce the restrictions on project work to a minimum. Until further notice, however, all public events at the institute are cancelled.

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to a further successful cooperation.

Stay healthy.

Current press releases



Call for Papers: "Electrochemical Cell Concepts Colloquium"

In May 2021 there will be a 2nd edition of the "Electrochemical Cell Concepts Colloquium". Main topics: functional components, cell design and fluid flow as well as stack design, testing and sealing technology of electrochemical reactors. The Call for Papers runs until December 15, 2020.



Rice husks provide clean electricity

Rice production is associated with high energy consumption and the associated negative environmental impact. Researchers at Fraunhofer UMSICHT are developing a promising sustainable alternative by using previously unused biomass for decentralized power production.



Evaluation tool for recyclable packaging

Henkel developed an evaluation tool that quickly and reliably checks plastic packaging for recyclability. The tool has now been expanded to include common materials, so that packaging made of paper/cardboard, glass, aluminum and tinplate can be analyzed in addition to plastic. Fraunhofer UMSICHT tested the software tool.



Open source model for energy storage

The energy system is changing. Variable energy production, decentralisation and cross-sectoral approaches call for innovative energy storage systems. To develop such storage facilities, models for operational or structural optimization are needed. This is where the "Open Sesame" project comes in.

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