Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.(FhG), Germany

The Fraunhofer Community for Applied Research is well-known as one of the largest organizations for contractual applied research, resulting in high exploitation-oriented activities. The involved institutes will use their knowledge on materials, processes, and technology to strengthen their position on the market as well as to offer new scientific/technical approaches to the European Industry.

FHG-ISE (Freiburg, Germany): As a member of the EUREC Agency, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), directed by Prof. Dr. Weber, actively promotes a further development of the renewable energy technologies and their integration into the existing energy infrastructure at an international level. Among the main areas of R&D is research thermal storage technologies. In the field of Phase Change materials ISE is among the leading Institutes in Europe, holding patents about active building elements containing PCM and having excellent laboratories for the thermodynamical characterisation of PCMs.

FHG-ISC (Würzburg, Germany): For more than 20 years, the development of organic-inorganic hybrid polymers (ORMOCER®s), inorganic and composite materials has been one major R&D field in the Fraunhofer ISC activities. Due to this long-time experience, profound know-how is available in the development of precursors, catalytic control of syntheses, application and characterization of sols, resins/lac­quers, thin films, and bulk materials including their processing. Since 1987, intensive investigations on inorganic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials for passivation and energy storage/supply applications (development of passive materials for electronics, electrolytes, fuel cell membranes, electrodes) have been performed. In the FP7 EU-Project "Multi-source Energy Storage System Integrated in Buildings MESSIB", Fraunhofer ISC develops microencapsulation of salt-hydrates based on organic-inorganic hybrid polymers. In SAM.SSA, Fraunhofer ISC will develop microencapsulation for MASA. 


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