Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG) is the largest organization for applied science in Europe. FhG is comprised of 80 research units, 57 Fraunhofer Institutes and 40 separate location throughout Germany. The headquarters is in Munich. About 2/3 of the funding comes from private business and industry through contracts and about 1/3 from the German government and endowments. The emphasis is a partnership with the private sector and scientists and engineers.

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Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. Postfach 20 07 33 80007 Munchen
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Robotic store greeter assists customers

In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the "Care-O-bot 4" service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. "Paul" the robot has been greeting customer in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt ...

dateDec 05, 2016 in Robotics
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Ceiling panel cools regardless of climate

Poorly maintained air conditioning systems cause mold or other bacteria to spread; they often also generate drafts and are costly to operate. An alternative technology that uses ceiling panels covered in special heat-conducting ...

dateDec 01, 2016 in Energy & Green Tech
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Security planning for urban areas simplified

For the first time, security aspects regarding urban planning have already been taken into account during the design phase. Software identifies and analyzes specific risks, quantifies damages and proposes solutions. VITRUV ...

dateDec 01, 2016 in Environment
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Combination of insulation and thermal mass

When the summer sun burns in the sky, phase change materials (PCM) integrated in building envelopes absorb the heat – it remains cool inside. When it is getting colder outside, the materials give off heat. Several grams ...

dateDec 01, 2016 in Energy & Green Tech
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Safe navigation through the Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage is becoming navigable for longer periods of the year. Ship traffic, however, still bears hazardous risks. A German-Canadian research team co-initiated by Fraunhofer wants to change that. In the project ...

dateNov 03, 2016 in Engineering
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