Press Releases 2021

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  • As electric mobility becomes commonplace an increasing number of questions with regard to the efficient recycling of batteries are raised, not only for ecological reasons, but also for reasons of competition. Mechanical and plant engineering sectors will be able to make a substantial contribution to this, bringing new and efficient procedures onto the market. A study carried out by the Fraunhofer ISI, commissioned by the IMPULS-foundation of the VDMA, reaches the conclusion that Europe can develop into the leading market for green and highly efficient battery recycling and its related technology.

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  • Together with partners from research and development, automotive manufacturing, logistics, and energy and charging infrastructure, Fraunhofer ISI has assessed a total of 9,500 real-world truck trips in Berlin and the surrounding area in a new feasibility study conducted as part of the project »ZeroEmissionDeliveries – Berlin«. In concrete terms, the project examined whether these trips could also be made using battery-powered trucks. The energy required for each vehicle was simulated based on its profile.

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  • Earlier this year, the European Commission unveiled its “Fit for 55” climate and energy package. The proposal includes new tools to achieve EU energy efficiency targets, while aiming to bind Member States to the increased climate targets. A new study by Stefan Scheuer Consulting and Fraunhofer ISI reviews the proposed governance tools within the updated Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), and makes recommendations to improve the impact of the package.

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  • From October 5 to 8, the 12th “International Sustainability Transitions“ (IST) conference 2021 was hosted by Fraunhofer ISI for the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN). Over the course of three days, the sustainabillty transitions research community discussed topics such as sustainability transitions in organizations, industries, individuals and the role of policy, but also about theoretical and methodological contributions to sustainability transitions research.

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  • Lean Management with its motto 'avoiding waste through lean production', was invented in Japan more than three decades ago. Since then it has established itself as one of the guiding principles of operational value creation. Within this context a new study by Fraunhofer ISI analyzes the current state and level of implementation of Lean 4.0 principles in the manufacturing sector in Germany. The study also looks at the reciprocal effects between Lean Management and Industry 4.0 and shows that the two principles are not contradictory, but have synergetic effects.

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  • The project “High power charging for trucks in long-distance operation (HoLa)”, which is led by Fraunhofer ISI and supported by the VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry), is one of three innovation clusters for climate-friendly truck drive technologies recently set up by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). In concrete terms, two high power charging points using the Megawatt Charging System (MCS) will be installed at each of four locations in the HoLa project and tested under real logistics operating conditions. These charging points will support the use of this new system in everyday operations, and form the basis for large-scale expansion of the technology. 13 partners from research and industry, including four truck manufacturers, are involved in the project, which was officially launched at a kick-off event on September 27.

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  • In a new policy brief, Fraunhofer ISI takes stock of digitization‘s potential from an innovation perspective. It presents selected findings about digitization that have been gathered in numerous research projects at Fraunhofer ISI. The policy brief also addresses the question of what politics, industry and society can do to realize sustainable innovations with the help of digital technologies.

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  • At Fraunhofer ISI and Bingen University of Applied Sciences, two scientists have assessed the BHYO process, developed as a pilot plant, from a process engineering viewpoint and in terms of its prospects for energy system integration. The process can produce up to 100 kilograms of hydrogen from one metric ton of biomass waste – whether from landscape maintenance, the contents of organic waste bins, or even municipal sewage sludge.

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  • Electric trucks can help largely to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector – but as they usually cover long distances their limited range is a problem that can only be solved by the deployment of a large charging infrastructure network across Europe. In this context a new Fraunhofer ISI study on behalf of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) analyses possible charging locations for battery electric trucks on the continent. The study is based on data collected from 400,000 trucks and 750,000 stop locations in 35 European countries.

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  • On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and coordinated by ifok GmbH, Fraunhofer ISI and the PTV Group have played a key role in developing the National Cycling Plan 3.0. Approaches to further promote cycling in Germany and turn the country into a nation of cyclists by 2030 were developed in a dialogue forum and incorporated into the National Cycling Plan. The plan was presented to the National Cycling Congress (NRVK) by Andreas Scheuer, the Federal Minister of Transport.

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