Photovoltaic power from textiles
Imagine a truck tarp that can harvest the energy of sunlight. With the help of new textile-based solar cells semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells.
An affordable way to store clean energy
Renewable energy sources can fluctuate in the amount of power they are able to provide - which is why batteries are used to temporarily store the energy. The problem with lithium ion batteries is their short service life, while redox flow batteries have, to date, been cost-prohibitive.
Economical energy storage for the electric car of tomorrow
A new production process with the aim of efficient and environmentally friendly future battery production. Researchers coat the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. This simplified process saves energy and eliminates toxic solvents
Facial recognition for coins
Countless historical coins that differ from each other only in details are in storage at German state museums. Unlike paintings, these archaeological artifacts may not be labeled, marked or barcoded. Researchers have developed a scanner and analysis software in collaboration which digitally capture the visual features of coins and describe them exactly in a matter of seconds.
Flexible bipolar plates for compact batteries
Whether used for power supply or in electric cars, current battery systems are based on a series of interconnected individual cells, which has certain disadvantages in terms of efficiency and manufacturing. Bipolar battery setups, in contrast, comprise compact stacks of individual cells. A new type of flexible and extremely thin bipolar plate allows batteries to be manufactured cost effectively.
Ynvisible and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft sign electrochromic agreement
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft - Europe's largest institution for applied research - and Ynvisible sign a MoU in the field of electrochromic inks and devices.
Imec and CEA-Leti join forces on AI and quantum computing
Belgian research center imec and the French research institute CEA-Leti announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding that lays the foundation of a strategic partnership in the domains of Artificial Intelligence and quantum computing, two key strategic value chains for European industry, to strengthen European strategic and economic sovereignty.
Robot eye with an all-round field of view
Where am I? Like humans, robots also need to answer that question, while they tirelessly glue, weld or apply seals to workpieces. After all, the production of precision products depends on robot control systems knowing the location of the adhesive bonding head or welding head to the nearest millimeter at all times.
Pliable micro-batteries for wearables
Wearables are portable systems that contain sensors to collect measurement data from our bodies. Powering these sensors without wires calls for pliable batteries that can adapt to the specific material and deliver the power the system requires.
Machine learning algorithm automatically sorts zebrafish eggs
Zebrafish possess almost all of the same genes we humans do - and that makes their eggs the perfect model organisms for use in genetic and drug research. Previously, samples have had to be prepared manually, which is a very time-consuming task. Now, however, a clever machine learning algorithm will be able to separate and sort the fish eggs automatically.
Treating glaucoma effectively
A real innovation in intraocular pressure measurement, this implant provides actionable information to optimize the therapy for patients afflicted with glaucoma.
Electron Beam Patterning for high-resolution full-color OLED displays
OLED microdisplays are increasingly establishing themselves in consumer-ready wearables and data glasses. In order to meet the requirements for higher efficiency, higher contrast, and higher resolutions in these applications, scientists have developed a new micropatterning approach for OLEDs on silicon substrates.
Robotic lawnmowers and child safety
Robotic lawn mowers are great for cutting the grass, but they do pose a risk of injury to children playing nearby. Highly advanced sensors developed by researchers ensure that the lawn mower shuts down when children are in close proximity.
Controlling drones via voice channels
The future is airborne. Drones may soon become the key to relieving the burden of traffic on our streets, optimizing deliveries, and improving the safety and efficiency of firefighting. But there are still a few hurdles to cross before the technology reaches the maturity required for large-scale commercial roll-out.
Wristband for personalized dementia therapy
The system uses inconspicuous sensors to automatically measure dementia patients' health and care data and suggests personalized treatment options based on their current condition.
Easy printing of biosensors made of graphene
Cell-based biosensors can simulate the effect of various substances, such as drugs, on the human body in the laboratory. Depending on the measuring principle, though, producing them can be expensive. As a result, they are often not used.
Autonomous 3D scanner supports individual manufacturing processes
Tthe first ever 3D scanner capable of working autonomously and in real time reported in 3D Printing Progress.
Lightweight, compact VR glasses made with large-area microdisplays
VR glasses are increasingly popular, but they have usually been heavy and oversized - until now. Large-area microdisplays are expected to change that, because they make it possible to produce ergonomic and lightweight VR glasses. The new OLED displays now reach very high frame rates and achieve extremely high resolutions with "extended full HD".
Under the direction of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, an in-house Fraunhofer project for development of biodegradable electronics was begun last year.
Smarter robot vacuum cleaners
Can you really use Outlook to make sure your office floor gets vacuumed? Absolutely!