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Fraunhofer’s EKODA project aims to develop circular value creation

German research organization Fraunhofer has announced the launch of its EKODA project, which focuses on the mobility industry with the aim of addressing issues such as resource scarcity, rising prices of raw materials and energy, supply chain disruptions, and waste disposal. Its goal is to swap conventional recycling for what it calls a circular economy…. Read more »

Fraunhofer ILT and 6K Additive partner to create a life-cycle assessment for additive manufacturing

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and 6K Additive, the developer of a proprietary microwave plasma production system, have partnered to create a complete life-cycle assessment (LCA) for additive manufacturing. The study will use 6K Additive’s Ni718 powder for an industrial component manufactured on Fraunhofer ILT’s laser powder bed fusion machine (LPBF) to better… Read more »

Fraunhofer Institute’s new dry-coating process reduces environmental impact

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a new dry-coating process that’s designed to reduce the environmental impact of electrode manufacturing. The Institute says its new DRYtraec process uses machines that do not require long drying tracks, and will take up less space than conventional battery electrode manufacturing systems. The new coating process uses similar… Read more »

AKASOL partners with Fraunhofer to develop automated battery recycling

German battery manufacturer AKASOL is has partnered with the Fraunhofer Research Institution to develop automated recycling processes for battery packs. “The rising demand for high-performance battery systems means that more raw materials, such as lithium, cobalt or nickel, are needed to manufacture these energy-storage technologies,” explains AKASOL Head of Product Management Dr. Björn Eberleh. “In… Read more »

Fraunhofer developing die-cast aluminum coils for e-motors

Researchers at Germany’s esteemed Fraunhofer research organization have developed a casting technique to produce lightweight aluminum windings with a higher groove fill factor than conventional copper wire. The coils are composed of cast aluminum, and are based on a flat conductor arrangement, which leads to a higher slot fill factor and thus better use of… Read more »

Fraunhofer’s dry coating process for electrodes could make cell production in Europe economical

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS have developed a new battery cell production process that coats electrodes with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. This simplified process saves energy and eliminates toxic solvents. The Fraunhofer researchers, with colleagues from Samsung, describe their findings in a new paper, “Overcoming binder… Read more »

Fraunhofer develops GaN power ICs with integrated sensors

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute have integrated current and temperature sensors, 600 V-class power transistors, freewheeling diodes, and gate drivers onto a gallium nitride (GaN)-based semiconductor chip. The new circuit measures 4 x 3 mm and enables high switching frequencies and a high power density, while providing fast and accurate condition monitoring, according to the… Read more »

Fraunhofer and Hitachi Metals create on-board charger with 3.8 kW/l power density

The Fraunhofer Institute and Hitachi Metals say they’ve produced an on-board charger (OBC) prototype that delivers both high power output and compactness by using soft magnetic materials developed by Hitachi. Hitachi says the technology enables the OBC prototype to generate a power density of 3.8 kW/l. Hitachi explains that there is typically a trade-off between… Read more »

Fraunhofer’s modular battery makes it easy to isolate defective cells

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have developed a modular battery system that could offer lower cost and improved range by making it easier to replace defective cells. In theory, all the individual cells of a battery can store the same amount of energy. In practice however, their capacities vary, and because the cells are connected… Read more »

Fraunhofer Institute presents November workshop on lithium-sulfur batteries

The Fraunhofer Institute will hold its third annual workshop on lithium-sulfur batteries in Dresden, Germany, on November 12 and 13. Lithium-sulfur is a leading contender for the battery chemistry of the future, and Fraunhofer believes that novel materials such as nanostructured carbon/sulfur composite cathodes, solid electrolytes and alloy-based anodes will significantly enhance performance. Dr Oliver… Read more »