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DECARBONIZING SHIPPING

Fraunhofer IMM participates in a maritime innovation project looking to install the world’s first high-power fuel cell to be powered by green ammonia on a vessel.

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INCITE PROJECT KICK-OFF

Launch of a new H2020 project aiming to incite a transition to a more flexible and sustainable chemistry by taking novel integrated upstream and downstream processing paths involving flow chemistry and membrane technology in two chemo-enzymatic processes to an industrial level.

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PITBUL fights tuberculosis

International research project aims to develop a fast and reliable point-of-care test system for tuberculosis.

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Climate Neutral Energy Supply of the Future

BlockCell plant in container
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BlockCell plant in container

The search for an efficient and, preferably, at the same time ecological and perspectively at least CO2 neutral electrical energy and heat supply preoccupies almost everybody, from the owner of a single-family house, the planners of a whole residential area to companies. The prototype of our fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) unit presented at November 18 promises to be an appropriate solution for the scale of a small residential area, when having successfully completed all trials. With an electrical power equivalent of 50 kWel and an overall efficiency of the CHP unit expected to be larger than 95 % a technology basis has been created, the system efficiency of which is less dependent from the load scenario in place as it would be the case when relying on combustion engines in the CHP unit. Additionally the maintenance requirements are reduced by extensively avoiding movable parts. Even though it is currently intended to use natural gas from the network CO2 neutrality can easily be reached by attaching the unit to a biogas plant.

Fields of Research at Fraunhofer IMM

Our scientists are engaged in research and development in the two fields of Energy and Chemical Technology (processes, reactors, plants) and Analysis Systems and Sensors (methods, components, systems). We organize our competencies in these two pillars according to the priorities Sustainable Economy and Energy, Healthy Living, Intelligent Mobility and Civil Security. With our system and technology oriented innovations we contribute to the competitiveness of our customers and partners. In doing so, we stand for responsible handling of new technologies and for sustainable development to benefit private and public enterprise as well as society.

 

Energy and Chemical Technology

"We improve the reliability and efficiency of compact material and energy conversion systems as well as of decentralized, mobile power supply units."

 

Analysis Systems and Sensors

“We combine and integrate fluidic elements and sensors in intelligent systems, thus, creating new fields of application.”

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