The Energy and Environment business segment focuses on companies involved in energy generation and storage. This includes energy suppliers and manufacturers of environmental technologies (for example solar energy systems and wind turbines) and their components.
The generation of energy in the future, and its storage and transport, are major challenges for companies in this business segment. Increasing urbanization raises the matter of centralized versus decentralized energy provision.
Improving the efficiency or effectiveness to offset increasing energy costs goes hand in hand with the need to reduce emissions, in particular via increased usage of renewable energy sources.
A further key aspect for companies in the energy and environment sector concerns energy provision for mobility and electromobility.
The in-depth know-how of Fraunhofer IFAM in material science and technology can support industry here in the following key areas:
- Recyclable materials and associated production technologies
- Integration of sensors into assembles and components (environmental sensor technology)
- Integration of mobility/electromobility and decentralized electricity provision
- Materials for H2 generation/storage and for heat storage
- Electrical energy storage systems (batteries, capacitors)
- Functionalization of surfaces (paint/lacquer technology, plasma treatment, printing technology)