Competencies

Fraunhofer UMSICHT plays an important role when it comes to research and the development of technological solutions for a sustainable energy sector and raw materials industry. Our expertise has proven itself in a wide range of projects. Our creativity, quality, and efficiency in brainstorming, consulting, and putting new knowledge into practice reflect the passion with which we advance projects. This makes Fraunhofer UMSICHT a reliable partner for projects, analyses, and scenarios.

Fraunhofer expertise for business, politics, and society in the fields of energy, processes, and products

 

Energy

Energy Systems Engineering

We know our way around energy systems engineering and its applications. We advise on its conception, calculation, design, planning, and integration. We specialize in small, high-speed turbomachinery such as ORC supersonic and micro steam turbines and the continuous improvement of energy plants and processes.

 

Energy

Energy Systems

We develop and optimize energy-efficient and economical energy systems. We specialize in local energy systems to supply to buildings or even urban quarters and in the integration of renewable energies. We optimize the dimensioning and operation of energy supply plants and storage facilities in future markets.

 

Energy

Electrochemical Energy Storage

We develop electrochemical energy storage systems for the demand-oriented provision of electricity. Our concepts contribute to the sector coupling of energy and production. We specialize in the development and manufacture of batteries and in the technological, economic, and systemic evaluation of power-to-x technologies.

 

Energy

Chemical Energy Storage

We develop materials for chemical storage and the conversion of energy and carbon dioxide. Thermal processes for efficient energy use and load balancing are another focus of our work. We offer catalytic expertise, are familiar with phase-change slurries and cold supply.

 

Processes

Biorefinery and Biofuels

From sustainable, fermentatively produced, bio-based raw and residual materials, we produce biofuels and second-generation bio-based chemicals that do not conflict with food. Our goal is to replace unsustainable products over the short to medium term.

 

Processes

Photonics and Environment

We use light: For material structuring, in 3D printing for additive production, to expose plants to light, for the decontamination of (waste)water. We develop tailor-made photonic production systems that are efficient and flexibly adaptable and increase the performance and functionality of materials and components. We are one of Germany’s pioneers in building-integrated food production.

 

Processes

Information Technology

With our target group-specific information management, we supported application development, modeling and simulation. Our goal is to make processes efficient.

 

Processes

Process Engineering

We develop concepts for process-related production. The focus lies on the modularization and digitization of process engineering. We offer models for later investigation, modeling, simulation, and optimization in a dynamic overall system. We focus on biotechnology for environment and energy, bioprocess engineering and fluid separation, biomass and residue utilization, membrane and food technology.

 

Processes

Think Tank

We identify new technological approaches or applications for existing technologies, evaluate them, and develop them in a fundamentally application-oriented manner.

 

Products

Bio-based Plastics

We develop customized bio-based plastics for a variety of applications consisting of films, fibers, injection molded parts, and others. We offer expertise in polymer chemistry, material development, processing and applications, production scale-up and testing. 

 

Products

Material Systems and High Pressure Technology

We develop, modify, and functionalize plastics and natural materials such as leather, wood, and stone. We offer expertise in coating and particle technology, compounding, as well as comminution and additives for a wide range of materials. We use high-pressure technology and supercritical carbon dioxide as solvents and dispersing agents.

 

Products

Sustainability and Resources Management

We develop tailor-made sustainability strategies, help to close cycles, and evaluate the sustainability of products, processes, and services. We support innovation processes and focus specifically on stakeholder interaction and new formats for citizen involvement.