Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI


Press Release / 21.9.2022

Special analysis: How resilient were industrial companies in the Corona lockdown in Germany?

Fraunhofer ISI asked more than 200 manufacturing companies in Germany about their resilience to crises following the Corona lockdown in spring 2020. A resulting study, which has now been published, shows how important Industry 4.0 technologies are for the resilience of companies – and which sectors proved to be more resilient than others.


Anniversary / 15.9.2022

Ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary

On September 15, 2022, the institute celebrated its 50th anniversary with a ceremony in Karlsruhe.

Press Release / 31.8.2022

Will we all soon be living in the Metaverse?

The Joint Innovation Hub at Fraunhofer ISI used a new online survey on the Metaverse to examine international user preferences, business models and innovation processes in the Metaverse. The survey shows that the Metaverse has the potential to have a major impact on work, mobility and how we live.

In addition, the study explores possible business models in the Internet of the future and shows ways in which companies can gain access to the Metaverse. 



50 Years ISI

Press Release / 4.8.2022

How EU countries vary in their dependence on natural gas for space heating

New data show that almost 50 percent of heating in the EU is generated by natural gas. Overall, the generation of space heating and hot water accounts for nearly one-third of Europe's final energy consumption. The data from a study by TU Wien, Fraunhofer ISI, e-think, Öko-Institut and Viegang Maagoe make it clear that natural gas dependency varies widely between EU countries, ranging from zero to 90 percent.

Publication / 25.7.2022

What should the new future strategy for innovation and research look like?

Energy transition, digitalisation, aging society: how should we address challenges facing society as a whole? The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is currently working on the new Future Strategy for Research and Innovation to define the Federal Government's future research and innovation policy.

A newly published discussion paper by Fraunhofer ISI now provides recommendations for the design of future mission-oriented innovation policies.

Press Release / 15.6.2022

Climate protection and district heating: Regulatory frameworks in Europe

In cooperation with Tilia GmbH, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) and IREES – Institute for Resource Efficiency and Energy Strategies, Fraunhofer ISI conducted a study on the district heating market in Europe. The study contributes to an enhanced knowledge of European District Heating and Cooling (DHC) markets, needed to develop policies, initiatives and projects contributing to achieving the decarbonization targets set by the European Green Deal. 

Press Release / 9.6.2022

New plug-in hybrids deviate even more from test cycle fuel consumption than older vehicle models

For a joint study, Fraunhofer ISI and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) analyzed extensive data for about 9,000 plug-in hybrids across Europe. The analysis shows the fuel consumption values of plug-in hybrid vehicles on average are significantly higher than the official test results – and recently further increased.

Press Release / 24.5.2022

Electric trucks: new data maps out priority locations for charging points

The aim of this new study conducted by Fraunhofer ISI on behalf of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is to map out exactly where truck drivers make their stops today, and which of these truck stops are most frequently used, in order to identify priority locations for charging points.


The scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI annually publish more than 200 publications including research reports, books, working papers and scientific articles which together cover the broad spectrum of ISI's research. Every month, the latest Fraunhofer ISI specialist publications will be updated in an institute-wide list.