Innovation Cluster

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology

In summer 2010, the starting signal for the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster "Electronics for Sustainable Energy Use" was given. Coordinated by Fraunhofer IISB, research institutions and companies from the metropolitan area of Nuremberg combine their expertise in the new cooperation network and develop innovative products in the fields of power electronics and power engineering. The objective of the Innovation Cluster is to take up existing unique features of our region in an effective way, to enter new markets and thus to safeguard jobs in the long term.

Electronics for sustainable energy use

Efficient and modern electronics, in particular power electronics, can make an essential contribution to energy saving. Whether in household appliances, consumer electronics or in the office, whether in industrial plants, power supply networks or electric vehicles – potential savings can be found along the entire chain from power generation and power distribution to the end consumer. Due to low-loss components, tailored materials and intelligent systems, devices, vehicles and industrial plants are not only less energy-consuming and more efficient, they also become more operationally reliable and compact.

In close cooperation with the existing industrial networks and associations, the Innovation Cluster is intended to realize an even closer coordinated linking between local economy and research. Besides Fraunhofer IISB, research partners of the Innovation Cluster are the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg, the Bavarian Laser Centre and Fraunhofer IIS. The Innovation Cluster also works closely together with the "Bayerischer Cluster Leistungselektronik" (Bavarian Cluster for Power Electronics) and the European Center for Power Electronics which is located in Nuremberg. Research is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology and by "Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft" within the framework of the "Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation" of the Federal Government as well as by means of orders from industrial partners.

Guests of honour on the occasion of the kick-off event for the Innovation Cluster on 2nd June 2010 were Katja Hessel (Secretary of State at the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology), Dr. Ulrich Katenkamp from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Buller (Fraunhofer Senior Vice President). In lectures given by partners from industry and research, the main topics of the Innovation Cluster were presented:

  • energy-efficiency at work and at home
  • smart power grids
  • electric mobility

The Innovation Clusters of "Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft" are an initiative within the framework of the Federal Government's "Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation". They are regional, application-oriented topic or project clusters between industry and research with a minimum duration of three years. The objective of the Innovation Clusters is to implement interdisciplinary research with scientific excellence in tangible projects. An Innovation Cluster bundles the existing research and development resources and acts as a driver of innovation and as a transfer interface between partners from university to industry. With this initiative, "Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft" stimulates the further development of regional centers of excellence and supports the regions' expertise. The project work at the research institutions involved is supported by the Federal Land, industry and "Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft".

For further information about the Innovation Cluster, please refer to our corresponding German pages: