Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT

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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


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



Exchange on the design of electrochemical reactors

Successful premiere for the virtual "Electrochemical Cell Concepts Colloquium": More than 130 researchers from 13 countries took part in the online event on the design of electrochemical reactors.



Biofuel for ships

The Fraunhofer UMSICHT has been looking into alternative climate-friendly fuels. We are now able to produce a renewable biofuel that can be converted into gasoline, diesel and even kerosene. This synthetic fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent compared to fossil fuel. It also produces less soot emissions.



Antibacterial impregnation

Fraunhofer UMSICHT has developed new ways to reduce the growth of bacteria on surfaces: This is done either by impregnating antimicrobial agents into layers of polymers near the surface or by preventing the formation of a biofilm by preventing communication between the bacteria.



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.

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