Fraunhofer Institute for
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.
To reach the targets for energy savings and climate protection in buildings more ambitious measures are needed in EU member states. In all EU countries improvements are necessary for the modernization of buildings, when using renewable energy instead of coal and oil to heat and cool buildings and to improve the efficiency of space cooling.
According to a recent study, Germany has narrowed the gap to the leading nations Japan and Korea, especially with regard to knowledge building in research organizations and industrial companies in the field of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. However, Germany has not yet succeeded in turning this knowledge into domestic battery cell production on a larger scale.
In the EU SAPIENT project, a consortium headed by the Fraunhofer ISI has developed a methodology to assess the legal, social and ethical impacts of surveillance systems, particularly on data protection, privacy and other fundamental rights. This handbook can help companies and public authorities to decide whether the deployment of a new surveillance technology is proportionate to its impacts.
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