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What do citizens think about new propulsion technologies such as hydrogen? What could a system for recycling electric engines of pedelecs look like? And what are the potentials and risks resulting from using devices and technologies for digital self-tracking such as health apps and fitness bracelets?
The current Fraunhofer ISI newsletter answers these questions and others and also offers information on current and completed projects as well as new research results and publications.
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In its study Energy storage – monitoring
update 2016, the Fraunhofer ISI examines whether Germany has
made any progress since 2014 towards its goal of becoming a lead market and
lead supplier for energy storage systems for electric mobility. According to
the study, which is part of the German Federal Ministry of Education and
Research’s funding program "Battery 2020", having made up lost ground, Germany
has been able to stabilize its technological performance in lithium-ion
batteries. 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. More information can
be found in the press release.
In order to support the German Bioeconomy Council
of the German Federal government the Fraunhofer ISI conducted innovation system analyses for a number of
economic sectors (including automotive, construction, energy, chemical,
pharmaceutical, ICT, plant engineering) which have now all been released in the
publication "Bioeconomy for the industrial nation". The results show that the
bioeconomy has high potential for a great number of sectors: Germany is highly
competitive as a technology service provider, but is also well-positioned in
the manufacturing sectors of the bioeconomy (for example chemical,
pharmaceutical) in order
to play a significant role in the bioeconomy. The publication is available at http://biooekonomierat.de/fileadmin/Publikationen/berichte/Hintergrundpapier_ISA_Vero__ffentlichung_2.pdf. Contact person at Fraunhofer
ISI is Sven Wydra.
Self-tracking devices and technologies like health
apps or fitness bracelets are now part of everyday life for many people. This
trend harbors both potentials and risks. The Fraunhofer ISI has therefore conducted an explorative 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
(BMBF). Fields of action for politics, science and medicine were derived from
the findings and are summarized in the policy paper. More information can be
found in the press release.
In order to combat energy poverty in low-income households,
alongside classical social policy measures, it makes sense to consider this
target group more strongly in energy efficiency policy. If the ambitious energy
and climate targets in Europe are to be met, it is essential that all end-users
save energy. Commissioned by the European Parliament, the Fraunhofer ISI, SQ
Consult and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya have put forward proposals
for how to better integrate low-income households in current energy efficiency
policy. The study "Energy Efficiency for Low-Income Households"
describes the positive influences of improving energy efficiency on both
low-income households and the economy as a whole. More information can be found
in the press release.
behalf of the German Transmission Network Operators, the Fraunhofer ISI has analyzed how electricity demand and
load will develop in the period 2013 to 2030 and beyond. The research team
developed three scenarios for the analysis. The demand for electricity declines
by 2030 or remains constant depending on the respective scenario. In addition,
fundamental changes at regional level can be expected in the future: While the
demand for power remains constant or increases in urban regions and neighboring
districts, there may be a stronger decline in some rural regions. The study is an important component when drawing up plans for
future grid expansion. More
information can be found in the press release.
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. The team of
researchers questioned almost 7,500 individuals from seven European countries
to determine their familiarity with, current attitudes towards and future
expectations of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. This revealed that the
technologies are basically positively perceived, but not well known and there
is a low willingness to buy them. The detailed results of this study, which was
conducted as part of the EU funded project "HYACINTH", have been published
in the specialist journal "HZwei". More information can be found in the press release.
On 30 November 2016 the EU
Commission introduced the De-risking Energy Efficiency Platform. Based on more
than 7,800 measures and actions that have already been implemented, this free
benchmarking website enables businesses, investors and political
decision-makers to assess which investments in energy efficiency are
particularly worth making – whether with regard to fast payback times or the
highest possible profit. The Fraunhofer ISI played a decisive role in developing this platform by providing
thousands of data sets. More information can be found in the press release.
The workshop "Living Labs for private and public passenger transport"
took place on 9 February 2017 at the University of Siegen. This marked the
kickoff to the expert dialog coordinated by the Competence Center Foresight
in the INNOLAB project with the objective of combining the two perspectives of
livings labs/real-world laboratories and sustainability in a Roadmapping
process. Two further workshops will take place on 16 and 28 March in Cologne
and Duisburg respectively. More information is available on the project’s
A delegation of representatives from politics, industry and science from
the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg around President Winfried Kretschmann, the
Minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, the Minister for
Transport Winfried Herrmann and Secretary of State Petra Olschowski travelled
to India between January 22 and 28. They visited the cities of Pune and Mumbai
in the state of Maharashtra and the city of Bangalore in the state of
Karnataka. Four of the 14 Fraunhofer
Institutes in Baden-Wuerttemberg were part of the delegation. As a member of
the delegation "Innovative Technologies" Dr. Simone Kimpeler of Fraunhofer ISI
visited German and Indian IT companies and automotive manufacturers in Pune and
Mumbai. More information can be found
in the press release.
On 30 November 2016 a workshop to select and
discuss futures issues took place at the European Commission in Brussels as
part of the project BOHEMIA (Beyond the Horizon: Foresight in support of the preparation of the
European Union's Future Policy in Research and Innovation). The Fraunhofer ISI conducted this workshop
together with the expert group "Strategic Foresight for R&I Policy in
Horizon2020" and the internal Foresight Network of the Commission. The
issues were very interdisciplinary and were evaluated by an international
delphi study. Its results are to be used as input for the next research
framework program. Contact person at Fraunhofer ISI is Dr. Kerstin Cuhls.
should increasingly contribute to aims concerning society as a whole, for
example the challenges which are implicated in demographic change, the scarcity
of resources or global warming. An important mechanism is public research
funding. In a discussion paper the Fraunhofer ISI
developed the model of a reflexive innovation system which requires actors from
research and development, politics, research funders, users and other actor
groups to be capable to reflect on their actions, their interaction and their
decisions. The discussion paper "Addressing directionality: Orientation failure
and the systems of innovation heuristic. Towards reflexive governance" can
be downloaded from our website.
The modernization of their production sector presents many European
countries with considerable challenges regarding the use of advanced production
technologies. In cooperation with ITIA-CNR,
IDEA Consult and VTT the Fraunhofer
ISI developed the most
comprehensive Europe-wide study to date. On the basis of surveys and interviews
it identifies concrete barriers in financing, human capital, information and
market dynamics and makes eight policy recommendations in the areas of capacity
building, the use of technology and the development of business models. The
concluding report is available online. You will find a short overview of the
results and more information on the project at http://www.isi.fraunhofer.de/isi-en/p/projekte/archiv/EU-ManStu_hk.php.
application phase for the German innovation prize for climate and environment
(IKU) started on 23 January 2017. Until 31 May 2017 German companies and
research institutions with outstanding innovations in the field of climate and
environmental protection can submit applications for the prize, which is
offered for the sixth time this year. A total of 125,000 euros is awarded to
innovative processes, products and services as well as climate friendly and
environmentally sustainable technology transfer solutions for emerging and
developing countries. More information can be found in the press release.
the project "Stakeholder dialog: the German government’s micropollutant strategy " the Federal
Environment Agency commissioned the Fraunhofer ISI (project management, technical support of the process)
and IKU GmbH (process design and moderation) to prepare and implement a
stakeholder dialog in order to develop a strategy for dealing with
anthropogenic trace substances in waters at Federal level. The Federal
Environment Agency is carrying out the project in close cooperation with the
Federal Environment Ministry. More information can be found on the project website.
the Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project "Critical Rare Earths" the
Fraunhofer ISI investigated
possibilities to establish a recycling system for neodym iron boron magnets
(NdFeB magnets) from electric engines – using the example of pedelecs. The
analysis showed that the actors are currently relatively unprepared regarding
the recycling of pedelecs or the corresponding engines. The results were
published in the working paper "Magnetrecycling bei Pedelecs: Rahmenbedingungen und Akteure – Status Quo und Perspektiven", information on the Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project
can be found at http://www.isi.fraunhofer.de/isi-en/n/projekte/KSE.php.
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