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Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Newsletter 02/2016


Whether IFAT in Munich, "Woche der Umwelt" in Berlin or the lecture series "Fokus: Zukunft. Unser Leben 2050": In the near future a number of interesting events are taking place when scientists from Fraunhofer ISI give an insight into their research. You will find more information about these events in this newsletter. You will also receive information about current findings from the broad range of research conducted at our institute – whether renewable energies and energy efficiency, mobility, resource efficiency and securing supplies of raw materials, data protection or developments of the research and science system.

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Policy Paper on the EU's General Data Protection Regulation: Data protection is still mainly a matter for the Member States

The new European General Data Protection Regulation that is intended to strengthen data protection in the EU was presented on 4 May 2016. The Privacy Forum, which is coordinated by the Fraunhofer ISI, published a new policy paper to mark the occasion that addresses the design of the regulation. In this paper, the authors give an estimation of whether the regulation achieves the central objectives of harmonizing and modernizing European data protection laws and leveling the playing field for competition. More information can be found in the press release.


Impact assessment as an "early warning system" for better data protection

A new white paper by the Privacy Forum – coordinated by Fraunhofer ISI – deals with the design and implementation of data protection impact assessments (DPIAs). DPIAs are intended to help technology providers, data protection supervisory authorities and the public to gauge the data protection risks of data processing and data processing technologies. These risks can then be minimized before processing even begins. When the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in 2018, DPIAs will become mandatory for technology providers and system operators processing personal data. Accordingly, the White Paper "Datenschutz-Folgenabschätzung – Ein Werkzeug für einen besseren Datenschutz" comes at a key moment to provide early information as to the form and significance of DPIAs. More information can be found in the press release

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More renewable energies for ASEAN countries

Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam: 8.5 percent of the world’s population lives in countries belonging to the ASEAN Association (Association of Southeast Asian nations). While they are responsible for around 4.5 percent of the global energy consumption the ten nations contribute 5.7 percent to the primary energy production. The years between 2000 and 2014 saw historic economic growth of an annual average of 5.2 percent which was linked to a rapidly increasing demand for energy. In the face of this challenge the ASEAN Energy Centre and the German Society for International Cooperation have commissioned the "ASEAN Energy Outlook", scientifically supported by Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. The 4th ASEAN Energy Outlook, which has recently been published, shows future developments and perspectives of the ASEAN region. More information can be found in the press release.

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Online-Tool "WE Engage" provides advice on increasing the acceptance of wind energy

The project "WISE Power" investigates the societal acceptance of onshore wind energy and develops strategies to inform, consult and involve citizens better and to implement innovative financing models. The planning security for new wind turbines is to be increased and the planning times reduced. Within this project Fraunhofer ISI has conducted a survey of 207 actors from 13 European countries. These findings were used to derive recommendations for action for different wind energy markets and groups of actors. They are now available as a variable usable "WE Engage Toolkit", which has been enriched with practical examples. The online tool can be used free of charge by all actors – developers, net operators, municipalities and local authorities as well as citizens' initiatives, associations and NGOs – at More information can be found on the project’s website.


Energy efficiency networks support innovations

The Fraunhofer ISI and the Energy Efficiency Network Initiative organized a join event "Energy Efficiency Networks – Opportunities for German Industry and for Climate Protection" as part of the Berliner Energietage (Berlin Energy Days). Representatives of industrial associations, policy making, science and industry highlighted different aspects of Energy Efficiency Networks and reported their experiences in various presentations and three panel discussions. More information can be found in the press release.


Electric vehicles are mainly interesting in car-sharing and commercial fleets

What are the decisive aspects influencing the further diffusion of electric vehicles? And who is particularly attracted to them – whether as a privately owned vehicle or in a car-sharing scheme? The Fraunhofer ISI looked at these questions as part of the research accompanying the program "Model Regions Electric Mobility". The results show: younger couples and families are a promising target group for car-sharing. When it comes to purchasing an electric vehicle, however, private households only become relevant in the medium term; commercial fleets are more important in the short term. More information can be found in the press release.


Profile region mobility systems Karlsruhe: Researching the mobility of the future

In the "profile region mobility systems Karlsruhe" the four Fraunhofer Institutes ICT, IOSB, ISI and IWM as well as the Fraunhofer project group New Drive Systems NAS are researching future mobility in a two-year pilot phase in cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe and the Research Center for Informatics Karlsruhe. The seven initialization projects address the key challenges of an efficient, intelligent and integrated mobility along the entire range of issues and connect relevant actors from science, applied research and industry. The "profile region Karlsruhe" is expected to pool the existing competences for the development of pioneering mobility solutions and create the necessary structures within the partner organizations to strengthen the location for mobility Baden-Wuerttemberg in the long run. More information (in German) can be found in the press release.

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As an input for the annual Report on Research, Innovation and Technological Performance in Germany by the Commission of Experts on Research and Innovation (EFI), Fraunhofer ISI regularly monitors developments in the research and innovation system. This allows assessments of the present and future competitiveness of economies. Fraunhofer ISI contributes by analyzing patent filings and scientific publications to evaluate the performance of the German science and research system. Patents thereby reflect the output of application-oriented research and development, while publications mirror the scientific performance of national science systems. In the studies, the dynamics and structures of patent- and publication activities across science and technology fields are examined in an international comparison. Hereby, not only the quantity but also the quality of patents and publications, i.e. their impact on the science and research system are explored. The studies are available for download here (patents) and here (publications).

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Findings from TWIST++ are presented at IFAT

Major findings of the project TWIST++ are presented at IFAT, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management. IFAT takes place in Munich from 30 May to 3 June 2016. At the joint stand of the Fraunhofer Water Systems Alliance (Hall A5, Booth 217/316) Fraunhofer ISI together with project partners will present innovations from the BMBF joint research project which has been ongoing for almost three years. This includes the integrated concept for water energy transition (i.WET) which facilitates modern and intelligent water supply and waste water disposal, and a Serious Game, an educational game which is a new way of communicating  knowledge and documenting research results. Visitors are particularly welcome to attend the brief presentations on 31 May and 2 June (each day at 16.00 hrs). The findings were also presented on 19 May 2016 at the final event of the project TWIST++.


Securing critical raw materials for the German high tech industry

The funding measure "r4 – Innovative technologies for resource efficiency – Research for the provision of economically strategic raw materials", supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with around 60 million euros, is scientifically accompanied by the Clausthal Institute for Environmental Technologies, Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Pforzheim University. The integration and transfer project "r4-INTRA" connects leading raw material researchers in around 40 joint projects which develop innovative solutions to ensure the supply of critical raw materials for the German industry. More information can be found in the press release.


Putting impulses for resource efficiency into industrial practice

If the German economy makes use of existing potentials for more resource efficiency, puts new efficiency technologies into practice quickly and decouples its growth more from the use of raw materials, then this can in future lead to a reduction in the dependency on raw materials and a stronger competitive edge. To realize these ambitious targets the Federal Ministry for Education and Research started the funding program "Innovative technologies for resource efficiency – Impulses for resource efficiency" in short "r+Impuls" at the beginning of the year. In cooperation with the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Fraunhofer ISI accompanies the funding measure "r+Impuls" with the technology transfer project "r+TeTra". The focus is on investigating the success factors for the implementation of innovative resource efficiency technologies and the support of the companies involved in r+Impuls when exploiting the results. More information can be found in the press release.

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Fraunhofer ISI at the "Woche der Umwelt" in Berlin

Scientists of Fraunhofer ISI are taking part in the "Woche der Umwelt" (Environment Week) which is taking place on 7 and 8 June 2016 at Bellevue Palace in Berlin: On Tuesday Dr. Thomas Hillenbrand is at the expert forum "Mikroschadstoffe in unserer Umwelt – Was tun?" organized by Fraunhofer ISI. On Wednesday Professor Harald Bradke is involved in two events of the German Advisory Council on the Environment: "Energiewende und Klimaschutz: Worauf kommt es jetzt an?" (as a participant in the discussion) and "Wie lassen sich unerwünschte Wirkungen höherer Energiepreise sozialpolitisch abfedern?" (as moderator). Also on Wednesday Professsor Rainer Walz takes part in the discussion "Megatrends im Umweltbereich – Perspektiven für die Technologieentwicklung" organized by IFAT.


Lecture series: Fokus: Zukunft. Unser Leben 2050

Anticipating technological and societal trends and dealing with possible consequences for industry, decision makers and society as a whole are extremely important. Therefore this year Fraunhofer ISI, the Chair of Innovation and Technology Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Siemens AG have again organized the joint lecture series "Fokus: Zukunft. Unser Leben 2050" (Focus: Future. Our life 2050). Professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl, Director of the Fraunhofer ISI and Head of the Chair of Innovation and Technology Management, hosts the first lecture of the year entitled "Digital in Zukunft – Was sind die Chancen und Risiken von Industrie 4.0?" on 9 June 2016. The second part takes place on 17 November 2016. The focus then is on "Mobilitätskonzepte der Zukunft: Wie kommen wir von A nach B im Jahr 2050?". More information (in German) can be found here.

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