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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.
Pilot projects are starting worldwide that feature trucks powered by overhead lines. The Fraunhofer ISI has analyzed the opportunities and challenges associated with this technology together with four research partners. The report compiled on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Transport shows that hybrid trucks operated using overhead lines can be cost-effective, but that several obstacles concerning infrastructure and acceptance have to be overcome first.
In the first round of the presidential elections in France the anti-European candidate Le Pen has made it to the second ballot. The result of the election is therefore a strong signal for the future of the European Union. But what could this future look like? The study "EU break-up?" deals with this question and presents six potential developments on the future of the EU.
Energy efficiency is an important topic for companies because it can save them energy costs and enhance their competitiveness. As the new bulletin of the Fraunhofer ISI‘s German Manufacturing Survey shows, however, there are large differences between companies and industries when realizing energy efficiency measures.
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