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Systems and Innovation Research ISI
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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.
The Fraunhofer ISI has developed a new benchmarking module for non-energy intensive enterprises so that they can compare themselves to their competitors in terms of efficient energy use. The module adds the aspect of energy efficiency to the existing industry benchmarking and helps both larger and smaller companies to identify ways to save energy and put them into practice.
China is an important sales market for many German companies, but the country is also becoming more important for Germany as a research partner. However, as the 2015 innovation indicator shows, the Chinese economy is currently not very dynamic and China lies somewhere in the lower middle of the innovation ranking. For Germany, which is ranked in fifth place by the innovation indicator, the low innovativeness of the Chinese economy could have negative impacts on economic growth and research in the long term.
There are many different ways to raise the social acceptance of onshore wind projects and thus increase the planning security for new installations. The challenge consists of sifting through them and adapting them to a specific case. The interactive online tool “WE Engage” was developed in the “WISE Power” project and addresses all the relevant stakeholders in the field of wind power as well as all other interested parties. It is available free of charge.
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