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The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI analyzes the origins and impacts of innovations. We research the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the impacts of new technologies and services on society. On this basis, we are able to provide our clients from industry, politics and science with recommendations for action and perspectives for key decisions. Our expertise is founded on our scientific competence as well as an interdisciplinary and systemic research approach.
What do normal citizens and experts think of hydrogen as a new source of energy? Together with ten European partners, Fraunhofer ISI wanted to discover the answers to this question. This revealed that the technologies are basically positively perceived, but not well known and there is a low willingness to buy them.
In its study Energy storage – monitoring update 2016, the Fraunhofer ISI examines whether Germany has made any progress towards its goal of becoming a lead market and lead supplier for energy storage systems for electric mobility. The international viewpoint is also that high quality battery research is being done in Germany at the moment. Support should be continued to maintain this momentum and so that Germany might be able to turn its technology know-how into domestic battery cell production after 2020. Entlang der Wertschöpfungskette angesiedelte Unternehmen richten ihren Blick international derweil auf die führenden Anbieterländer Japan, Korea und China. Companies located along the value chain are now looking at the leading battery cell supplier countries of Japan, Korea and China.
Self-tracking devices and technologies are now part of everyday life for many people and harbor both potentials and risks. The Fraunhofer ISI has therefore conducted an impact assessment that looks at the implications and challenges of quantified-self technologies. As part of the joint "Wissenstransfer 2.0" project, this work was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The findings are summarized in a policy paper.
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