Caption: The highly flexible bipolar plate (photo: Fraunhofer UMSICHT)

Fraunhofer UMSICHT: Flexible bipolar plates make it possible to build compact batteries


Products

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. At the Hannover Messe from 1 to 5 April 2019, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT will be presenting the development of this technology.

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From left to right: Frederik Klöckner (technology manager, KEX Knowledge Exchange AG), Dr Daniel Lenssen (director business development, Papierfabrik Louisenthal GmbH), Gabriele Nau (senior market manager consumer goods & electronics, Lohmann Group), Dr C

Consortium of 16 companies under the direction of KEX Knowledge Exchange AG develops prototype of new heating


Companies / Markets

Companies are regularly faced with the challenge of understanding and evaluating the influence of new technologies and trends on their business and of initiating corresponding innovation processes. In order to successfully implement innovations, expertise in different and new fields of technology is necessary. Existing networks are mostly not sufficient for this – there is a dearth of novel ideas. The methodology of KEX Knowledge Exchange AG (Aachen, Germany) breaks this down: In consortium projects new companies from different industries come together to jointly tap the potential of technological hypes.

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Smart Clothing: Fashion designers are expanding their range to include printed electronics (photo: Messe München)

LOPEC 2019: Smart clothing – multifunctional thanks to printed electronics


Exhibitions / Events

Fashion designers are expanding their range to include printed electronics. They design innovative garments that are not only beautiful and comfortable, but also think for themselves. Visitors of LOPEC 2019 will experience what is already possible today and how e-textiles are going to enrich our everyday lives in the future. The international exhibition and conference for the printed electronics industry will take place in Munich from 19 to 21 March 2019.

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Ynvisible and Fraunhofer want to further advance the field of electrochromic inks (photo: Ynvisible)

Ynvisible and Fraunhofer sign electrochromics co-operation agreement


Companies / Markets

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest institution for applied research, and Ynvisible Interactive Inc. (Vancouver, Canada) signed a MoU in the field of electrochromic inks and devices.

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A flexible solar panel from Midsummer (photo: Midsummer AB)

Solar energy company Midsummer receives major order


Companies / Markets

The solar technology company Midsummer (Stockholm Sweden), recently received  an order from US solar panel manufacturer Sunflare worth over US$7M for production equipment of thin film solar cells. The production equipment will be delivered to a new factory in China.

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