The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM is one of Europe's most important independent research institutes in the fields of adhesive bonding technology, surfaces, shaping, and functional materials, with five locations in Bremen, Dresden, Stade, Wolfsburg, and Braunschweig, as well as the Test Center for Maritime Technologies on Helgoland.
Currently, around 700 employees from 20 departments pool their broad know-how in seven core competencies: Metallic Materials, Polymeric Materials, Surface Technology, Bonding, Shaping and Functional Materials, Electromobility, Automation, and Digitalization.
At Fraunhofer IFAM, several departments are conducting research on the topic of energy with the following main areas of content: the analysis of energy systems, the development of new energy storage systems, and the development of innovative drive concepts.
The interdisciplinary team of the Energy Systems Analysis group works on issues of sustainable, affordable, and secure energy supply. To this end, the department creates models, scenarios and strategies for the integration of renewable energy sources and hydrogen into the energy market and develops concepts for the expansion of district heating networks and charging infrastructure as well as for the targeted further development of the energy industry framework.
In the field of electric drives, work is being done on the conception and design, prototypical construction and testing of electric machines and their components.
In the field of energy storage, the focus is on material and process engineering aspects with a focus on Li-ion, solid-state and metal/air batteries. Other research areas include hydrogen and fuel cell technologies as well as efficient, highly dynamic thermal energy storage.
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