Driv and several research partners have received a mobility grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie measures of the European Union, which should flow into the development and testing of advanced wheel module concepts for autonomous vehicles. Driv, a Tenneco company, is part of the “Owheel” project with London-based technology company Arrival Ltd. Arrival, developer and manufacturer of generation 2.0 electric vehicles, as well as working with universities and industrial organizations.
Today, heat pumps operate almost exclusively on the basis of compressor technology. Compressors need harmful refrigerants. Against this background, six Fraunhofer Institutes are developing in the Fraunhofer Leitprojekt "Elkawe" Highly efficient electrocaloric heat pumps that manage without harmful refrigerants.
Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP has been working for decades on the development of processes and systems for cleaning, sterilization and surface modification. As part of an internal funding project, the institute has been working on a novel approach to the automated detection and inactivation of biofilms and has now presented the first results.
Combined with local granite or other hard rock, carbon fibers enable completely new construction materials and building materials. Theoretical calculations show that when the carbon fibers are made from algae oil, the production of the innovative materials deprives the atmosphere of more carbon dioxide than is released. One of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) The research project mentioned is intended to further advance these technologies.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Regensburg and Sulzbach are working together with industry partners on a novel analysis method in the "Virosens" project to make the efficacy testing of vaccines more efficient and cost-effective. The method combines electrochemical sensors and biotechnology and for the first time enables a fully automated analysis of the infection status of test cells.
With the Hyperloop It would be possible to drive from Munich to Berlin in half an hour. The concept of a super fast train racing through a tube system was introduced by Elon Musk. 2015 launched Musk the "SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition". Students from all over the world have already competed against each other three times with their prototype for the cabin capsule, the so-called "Pod". Three times the prototype of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) raced fastest. The team has now presented its fourth pod.