Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT

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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 in the divisions of climate-neutral energy systems, resource-efficient processes and circular products, we make concrete contributions to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

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Current press releases



Award winners: Aerogels for building insulations

Researchers from Fraunhofer UMSICHT  have been working in collaboration with PROCERAM GmbH & Co. KG to develop a sustainable, affordable mineral-based insulation material on the basis of aerogels. For this achievment they were awarded the renowned Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2023.  



Innovative solutions for the construction of the future

At the BAU 2023 trade fair, Fraunhofer UMSICHT will present innovative solutions for the construction of the future  from April 17 to 22:
the new lightweight resource-saving glass-foil roof covering and a vertical water retention system.



Stainless steel recycling saves greenhouse gases

Stainless steel recycling is considered to be a sustainable way to save CO2 in the globally growing steel production. For the reference year 2021 the Oryx Stainless Group realizea a savings potential of more than 6.7 t CO2 -equivalent per ton of blend as recent calculations of the Fraunhofer UMSICHT team show.


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