Press releases

  • Fraunhofer vs. Corona / 2021

    Intelligent robots for targeted combating of viruses and bacteria

    Press release / February 11, 2021

    © Fraunhofer IPA/Photo: Rainer Bez and Fraunhofer IMW/Graphics: Stefanie Irrler

    Service robots can help ensure that buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. Led by Fraunhofer IPA, the partners are pooling their expertise in the “Mobile Disinfection" (MobDi) research project to contribute to a safe “New Normal” in times of pandemic. The project is part of the »Fraunhofer vs. Corona« action program.

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  • »Baden-Württemberg AI innovation competition« / 2021

    Fraunhofer IPM involved in three competitive projects

    Press release / February 02, 2021

    As part of its AI innovation competition, the state of Baden-Württemberg is supporting a total of 44 projects from SMEs, with the goal of overcoming technical obstacles to the commercialization of artificial intelligence (AI). Fraunhofer IPM serves as a research partner for three of these projects.

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  • »Gas Efficiency« research project concluded / 2020

    New measurement system for natural gas – quick and accurate

    Press release / December 03, 2020

    Spectrometer and thermal conductivity sensor for hydrogen measurement on a natural gas pipeline
    © Holger Kock/Fraunhofer IPM

    The quality of natural gas can vary greatly. Differences in natural gas reserves can account for these disparities in quality, but they are also increasingly the result of hydrogen infeed from power-to-gas plants. Fraunhofer IPM joined forces with RMA Measuring and Control Technology to develop a measurement system which – in addition to the hydrocarbons contained in gas – can now also detect the proportion of hydrogen present.

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  • Starting research project MIAME / 2020

    Optical Coordinate Measuring System for Integration into the Production Line

    Press Release / September 01, 2020

    On July 28, Fraunhofer IPM and Fraunhofer IAF, together with the "Optical Systems" chair of the University of Freiburg, launched the MIAME project, in which they aim at developing the world's first optical coordinate measuring machine for the full-surface measurement of large objects on a meter scale. The system will be used to measure components in the production line quickly and with accuracies in the sub-micrometer range.

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  • Start of the »NEXT.TrenchLog« project in cooperation with Bayernwerk Netz GmbH / 2020

    Digitization in the building pit: Georeferenced survey data via app

    Press Release / July 08, 2020

    Project NEXT.TrenchLOG: Digitization in the building pit: Georeferenced survey data via app
    © Uwe Moosburger, altrofoto/ Bayernwerk

    In most cases, network infrastructure operators still use analog methods to keep records where cables have been laid and lines have been drawn in the ground. This manual process is time-consuming and requires a lot of experience. Fraunhofer IPM has recently launched the »NEXT.TrenchLog« project in cooperation with Bayernwerk Netz GmbH, developing a digital solution for the documentation of underground infrastructure: Using artificial intelligence, the system automatically generates georeferenced 3D data of the components.

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  • Increasing resilience by monitoring critical infrastructure / 2020

    Multi-sensor system for the precise and efficient inspection of roads, railways and similar assets

    Press release / July 01, 2020

    Multispectral laser scanner for inspecting construction works
    © Fraunhofer IPM

    Critical infrastructure such as transport networks are the lifelines of modern society. Extreme weather events may cause damage to railway tracks, roads, tunnels and bridges. The Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM has developed a novel 3D laser scanner that can be used to closely monitor transport infrastructure and plan maintenance work in a timely manner. The multispectral sensor system measures surface structures as well as the surface moisture on objects, all in a single inspection process.

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  • LUXOR research project gets underway / 2020

    Laser scanners to aid in detecting explosive ordnance on the seabed

    Press Release / March 11, 2020

    World War II left its mark on the seas, with around 1.6 million tons of ammunition and explosive ordnance from this period remaining in German marine waters alone. As part of the LUXOR research project, Fraunhofer IPM is teaming up with international research partners to develop an automated, digital system that will facilitate the identification of explosive ordnance on the seabed and improve the safety and efficiency of its removal.

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  • Fraunhofer research project gets underway / 2019

    Fraunhofer starts development of refrigerant-free, energy-efficient electrocaloric heat pumps

    Presseinformation / December 04, 2019

    Electrocaloric heat pumps
    © Fraunhofer IPM

    Heat pumps play a decisive role in the energy transition: Sustainably generated electricity provides heat in winter and a good climate in summer. Nowadays, heat pumps work almost exclusively on the basis of compressor technology. Compressors require harmful refrigerants, the use of which will be restricted even more by law in the future. In the Fraunhofer ElKaWe lighthouse project, six Fraunhofer Institutes are developing highly efficient electrocaloric heat pumps, which do without harmful refrigerants.

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  • MESAS measuring vehicle for road monitoring
    © BASt

    The Pavement Profile Scanner PPS-Plus from Fraunhofer IPM is part of the latest measuring vehicle MESAS of the Federal Highway Research Institute BASt. The research vehicle records the condition of road surfaces and the substance of the asphalt surface and thus provides the basis for optimum maintenance planning. During test runs, MESAS has already successfully measured more than 11,000 kilometers of the federal trunk road network. Now regular operation starts.

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  • Progress for climate protection / 2019

    A cooling system without harmful refrigerants

    Press Release / August 06, 2019

    © Fraunhofer IPM

    A discovery from 1917 becomes viable for the future. A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM is developing efficient magnetocaloric cooling systems that make do without harmful refrigerants. The esearchers hope to achieve 50 percent of the maximum efficiency level with their process. Comparable existing magnetocaloric systems reach only approximately 30 percent.

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