Press releases of the Fraunhofer IBP

  • Effective thermal management with programmable materials / 2022

    Programmable heat transition

    Research News / December 01, 2022

    Schematische Darstellung des Schaumstoffaktuator-Konzepts der ersten (A1), zweiten (B1) und dritten Generation (C1): Grenzzustände der Demonstratoren bei tieferer Temperatur (A2, B2, C2) und erhöhter Temperatur (A3, B3, C3).
    © Fraunhofer IAP, IBP und ICT

    Energy is scarce – and like all scarce things, it comes at a price. That is why Germany needs to greatly reduce its energy consumption. There is significant potential for this in the area of heating and cooling energy which accounts for a large proportion of Germany’s energy consumption. Innovative materials that can be programmed to control heat transition can be a valuable tool in this scenario. The use of materials like these could, for instance, save up to 40 percent of the energy used to cool single-family homes.

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  • Cover page report “Reusable plastic crates vs. single-use cardboard boxes”.
    © Fraunhofer UMSICHT

    The packaging world is experiencing a shift away from plastic toward paper, cardboard or paperboard. But how sustainable is this new trend? In its latest report “Reusable plastic crates vs. single-use cardboard boxes — two packaging systems in competition”1, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP were commissioned by the Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg (SIM) to explain the background to and correlations between the ecological effects of single-use cardboard boxes and reusable plastic crates. A general discourse on the topic of single-use vs. reusable solutions intends to help political actors lay the groundwork for a viable circular economy of the future.

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  • Innovative drying technology / 2022

    FastDry® wall-drying technology is quick, quiet and energy-efficient

    Research News / August 01, 2022

    FastDry™ heating unit
    © Fraunhofer IBP

    Until now, noisy and power-guzzling building dryers have normally been the only way of repairing water damage to apartments from leaking pipes or following heavy rain and flooding. The “FastDry”® technology developed by Fraunhofer researchers requires significantly less energy and works at least as quickly as conventional systems. The idea that underpins the technology is incredibly simple.

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  • Die Software GENERIS® bietet die Möglichkeit, aus einem umfangreichen Katalog mit Standardkonstruktionen ein Gebäude zu modellieren, zusätzlich die vorkalkulierten Betriebsparameter einzugeben und im Anschluss das Bauvorhaben auszuwerten.
    © Fraunhofer

    The European Union wants the Life Cycle Assessment of buildings to be given more significance in the future, and the EU Taxonomy creates a systematic basis for this: It defines criteria for evaluating investments, including for the climate change mitigation objective of the taxonomy. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP worked together with a business partner to develop a software suite that combines ecological indicators and economic calculations for investments. This has an influence on banks’ lending decisions since interest surcharges are possible for non-green investments in the future.

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  • Modular facade with integrated systems technology
    © Fraunhofer IBP

    The rate of renovation in the building sector is still too low to achieve the energy transition by the target date set by the German federal government. However, increased use of prefabricated components can help accelerate this process. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP and the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology IEE are developing a facade module that integrates the technical building equipment and supplies it with renewable energy to heat, cool and ventilate the adjoining rooms. This is made possible by a PV system integrated into the modular facade for supplying energy, a mini heat pump for heating and cooling, and a decentralized ventilation unit with heat recovery. In addition to being suitable for the renovation of existing facades, the system can also be used as a sustainable, energy-efficient solution in new builds.

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  • Cinemas: good ventilation ensures low risk of infection

    Press release / December 02, 2021

    Messung der Lüftungssituation und Aerosolausbreitung im Kinosaal »Neues Rex« in München
    © Fraunhofer IBP

    A visit to the movies is a nice break from day-to-day life and can be an enjoyable outing, especially when there is a pandemic. But in order to relax and enjoy the film, you want to know that the risk of infection while you are watching it is as low as possible. The good ventilation systems typical of movie theaters make sure that any infectious aerosols are quickly removed. This has also been confirmed by the latest analyses from the CineCov project funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM).

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  • Cultural heritage in times of climate crisis

    Press release / November 12, 2021

    Aisch flood disaster in July 2021
    © Open-air museum Bad Windsheim

    The Earth's climate is becoming hotter and more extreme - scientists no longer speak of the climate change, but of the climate crisis. It is high time to act. The World Climate Conference COP26 is currently taking place in Glasgow. Crucial climate policy decisions are on the agenda: adaptation to climate change, climate finance, and future climate-related damage. Our cultural heritage is acutely threatened by the climate crisis and irreplaceable losses are already occurring. But what exactly does the future look like? Which extreme climate events will affect cultural heritage in Germany? And how can it be protected from damaging climatic effects? Fraunhofer researchers are investigating this in the BMBF project KERES. For the first time, not only a single climate model is being used, but also an ensemble of ten regional climate models. This makes it possible to reliably predict which extreme weather events threaten the historical buildings and gardens and to what extent.

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  • Indoor Air: How to Eliminate Viruses Effectively

    Press release / October 12, 2021

    Numerical simulation of the aerosol dispersion within a classroom
    © Fraunhofer EMI

    How can viruses be effectively eliminated from indoor air? This question is now becoming more important as fall approaches. Efficient indoor air purification is essential, especially in schools. Fraunhofer researchers are investigating and optimizing various filter and air purification techniques in the AVATOR project.

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  • In a similar way to wood, bamboo can be used to manufacture sturdy panels.
    © Fraunhofer

    As a rapidly growing renewable raw material, bamboo is an ideal substitute for wood. However, bamboo’s susceptibility to mold in damp conditions poses a problem. Researchers at Fraunhofer have now analyzed bamboo’s response to moisture under specific climatic conditions. By using simulation software, building owners can plan and implement measures to prevent the growth of mold.

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  • Using heating to cool rooms

    Research News / August 02, 2021

    Infographic cooling in summer with heating systems
    © Fraunhofer IBP

    Climate change is causing a persistent increase in the number of hot summer days. Offices and homes are getting hotter, and the nights bring little respite from the heat. Against this backdrop, a significant increase in new cooling systems installations is anticipated, which in turn will give rise to increased energy consumption. One potential cost-effective alternative is to use existing heating systems. According to an analysis by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, the heat pumps in these systems can be reverse operated to provide effective cooling.

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