Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT

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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.

Pioneering the way to a sustainable world

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We want an earth that is worth living on. An earth on which nature and civilization are not mutually exclusive. That is why the sustainable energy and raw materials shift is the focus of our work at Fraunhofer UMSICHT: With our research on carbon management, circular economy, green hydrogen and local energy systems, we make concrete contributions to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

More on sustainability at Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Our research topics


Carbon Management


We conduct research into processes for the sustainable use of carbon.


Circular Economy


From laboratory to industrial scale: We develop materials and processes for the circular use of resources.


Green Hydrogen


We are researching the electrochemical production, use and storage of green hydrogen.


Local Energy Systems


We are researching the transformation of the energy supply for quarters and industries.

Current press releases, events and interviews



Cuts hamber innovation

The year 2024 is characterized by a substantial reduction in federal funding for project research. There is talk of up to 30 % less funding for new projects. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's "Energy Technologies and Climate Protection" group warns of a massive decline in German industry's ability to innovate in technologies for the energy transition.



Circulating water

Under the motto "Water reuse for a sustainable future", Fraunhofer UMSICHT is presenting various technologies for water recycling and wastewater treatment at this year's IFAT in Munich. The focus is on improved separation of pollutants and greater resource and energy efficiency. We look forward to your visit: Booth B2.338



Coffee milk:
Reusable or portion packaging

Fraunhofer UMSICHT carried out a life cycle assessment for the company frischli Milchwerke to investigate the advantages and disadvantages of reusable solutions such as ceramic jugs or thermos flasks compared to individual packaging.

Events and Trade Fairs

How to work with us

Direct order

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You see a need for research or development or have become aware of a promising Fraunhofer technology: For example, your company wants to bring a material or product innovation to the market, have an internal production process evaluated and improved or respond to an anticipated market demand as quickly as possible. Then it makes sense to commission our institute directly with the development of solutions for your challenge. Together, we will clarify the framework conditions for how we can successfully advance your company with our expertise and infrastructure. The size of your company is irrelevant: our teams support small companies just as professionally with research and development services as clients from SMEs or companies that are listed on the stock exchange.



Joint project

Several partners along a value chain work together on a solution – usually within the framework of public funding. We can build on a large network from industry, research, society and the Fraunhofer Institutes. We are experienced both in the selection of funding programs and in project applications, contribute innovative ideas to the process and then shape the transfer to the market together with you and other partners.



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As with every new collaboration, things are unclear at the beginning: How does a collaboration with Fraunhofer actually work and can Fraunhofer help me at all? Will Fraunhofer charge my company for its research and development work and who actually owns the results of the collaboration? The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has already compiled some general answers to Frequently Asked Questions. However, our projects are as individual as your technological challenges. Therefore, if you have any questions, please contact us!



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