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Press Release / 24.4.2019

New EurObserv’ER report: The sales of renewable energy heating technologies are gaining momentum in some European countries

The 18th report on “The State of Renewable Energies in Europe” highlights the dynamic growth of renewable energies in the heating sector – especially heat pumps. The 2018 edition also reveals an increase in the total share of renewable energies from 17% in 2016 to 17.5% in 2017.

Press Release / 11.4.2019

Development of a long term European energy transition scenario

The Association négaWatt (Paris) has gathered partners to work on the development of a long term European energy transition scenario. The Fraunhofer ISI will support this network by providing expert consultation to partnering organization on their own energy demand models, focusing on the implementation of sufficiency considerations therein.

Press Release / 8.4.2019

China‘s innovation system must become more open – this also applies to Germany in part

The 2018 openness indicator, which was compiled by Fraunhofer ISI together with the ZEW as part of the 2018 Innovation Indicator, assesses the openness of 35 national economies. China is only ranked 35th; Germany ends up in 21st place. China’s lack of openness is also a key topic at the EU-China Summit on 9 April.

Press Release / 2.4.2019

Gigabit network in Baden-Wuerttemberg: How to accelerate broadband rollout?

A new study by Fraunhofer ISI looks at broadband/fiber-optic rollout in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Alongside the experiences made so far, it also examines the question of how to accelerate the rollout of a gigabit network in the federal state. According to the study, current developments are heading in the right direction; this has to do with Baden-Wuerttemberg’s specific operator model. However, realizing the innovation effects of a state-wide gigabit infrastructure requires concerted action and a commitment to “fiber-optic only” on the part of all the stakeholders involved.

Press Release / 25.3.2019

Deep decarbonization of industry is possible with innovations

On behalf of the EU Commission, Fraunhofer ISI explored what contribution individual technologies can make to decarbonizing industry and how to support them. The study shows that it is possible to cut emissions by 95% by 2050.

Press Release / 14.3.2019

Electric cars purchased and used in Germany today have a much better carbon footprint than diesel or gasoline-powered cars

Up to 28 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a top-range diesel; up to 42 percent fewer than a small gasoline car: Whoever buys and uses a battery-powered electric car in Germany today emits much less CO2 and other greenhouse gases over an average useful life of 13 years than a car with a conventional internal combustion engine. This is the result of a study by Fraunhofer ISI on the carbon footprint of electric cars.


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.