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  • Fifty-five percent of the final energy consumption in Germany are expended for heating and air conditioning. In order to reach climate neutrality by 2050, it is essential to avoid the use of fossil fuels for heating and instead rely on the number one energy supplier: the sun. In the domains of photovoltaics and solar thermal energy collection thin film systems contribute to the effective use of a broad spectrum of solar radiation, both for electricity generation and for heating. Vacuum technologies developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP are used to deposit layers and layer systems serving the exploitation of solar energy and the storage of heat on an industrial scale, contributing to the increased use of this important energy source.

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  • A programme to train thousands of industry workers in the adoption and development of innovative photonics-based solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges, from environmental sustainability to healthy living and smart infrastructure, has been established by a consortium of over 50 of Europe’s top photonics competence centres.

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  • Project launch for the joint project "InnoVET CLOU - Future Cluster for Innovative Vocational Training The project "CLOU" (FKZ 21IV007D), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, supports adaptive and pathway-open education and training (DQR 5-7) in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, which at the same time opens up technical innovations to vocational training. In cooperation with network partners from industry, research and education policy, this leads to excellent vocational qualification offers and learning locations.

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  • On July 1st, 2021, Ceravis AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP founded a collective joint venture, the "E-VITA" GmbH. The Fraunhofer spin-off is dedicated to the chemical-free, sustainable treatment of seeds and feedstuffs to free them from pathogenic fungi, bacteria and viruses.

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  • As of June 1, 2021, Prof. Elizabeth von Hauff is the new director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden. In addition, Prof. von Hauff has been appointed to the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), Chair of Coating Technologies for Electronics.

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  • Vaccines are currently a great source of hope for many people, as it is believed they will help to protect society against COVID-19 and pave the way back to a normal life. The current focus is clearly on coronavirus – but vaccines are also fundamental to combating other pathogens. A team of researchers from three Fraunhofer Institutes has now developed a method of producing vaccines that is faster, more efficient and more environmentally friendly than the conventional production process – and their efforts have earned them the Fraunhofer Prize for “Human- and Environment-Centered Technology”.

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  • Hygiene is a top priority in times of Corona. Particularly at frequently used vending machines, such as ticket machines, the surfaces of input screens are not cleaned after use. For infection transmission, it doesn't take long to catch a few germs, bacteria or viruses. The "CleanScreen" project (Funding reference 16KN082123), funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), now aims to find a remedy. Together with its partners Fischer Electronicsysteme GmbH + Co.KG, RBC GmbH and GMBU e. V. (Department Halle) the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP is developing an automated solution for the continuous cleaning of touch displays at public vending machines. The project is initiated within the BMWi-funded innovation network "CleanHand" and coordinated by the FGMD GmbH.

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  • Service robots can help ensure that buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. Led by Fraunhofer IPA, the partners are pooling their expertise in the "Mobile Disinfection" (MobDi) research project to contribute to a safe "New Normal" in times of pandemic. The project is part of the "Fraunhofer vs. Corona" action program.

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  • The recently launched 6.1 million Euro project INNO4COV-19, funded by the European Commission (grant agreement no. 101016203), will support the marketing of new products to combat COVID-19 over the next two years, throughout Europe. The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP is contributing its know-how in sterilization using accelerated electrons and on near-to-eye visualization.

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