Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology

Fraunhofer Innovation Clusters

Regional structures with a global effect – the concept of innovation clusters

Linking skills and pooling resources are the right way to meet the challenges posed by globalization and the increasing dynamism of structural change. Knowledge-based industries, in particular, develop very successfully in regional clusters, which facilitate knowledge exchange and generate a critical mass of skills that complement one another.

Networking competences improves performance

Geographical proximity between research organizations, investors and companies can produce networks that lead to new business ideas and the foundation of new enterprises. Regional innovation clusters bridge the gap between industry and scientific research. Successful clusters can stimulate the competition on the market, and at the same time create fruitful collaborations which ultimately benefit everyone involved.

Impetus for regional development

A key element of the German government’s high-tech strategy is therefore to promote cluster initiatives. In the »Pact for Research and Innovation«, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has assumed the task of conceiving and implementing innovation clusters. Such collaborative ventures set themselves clear goals and define milestones for their development. The purpose of innovation clusters is to pool the strengths of a region and activate them to solve demanding tasks. In addition to industry and universities, the networks include local nonuniversity research institutes that can make important contributions in relevant thematic areas.

Fraunhofer IPK is head of the cluster initiative:

Innovation Cluster »Life Cycle Engineering for Turbomachines«

Turbomachinery producers in the fields of aviation and energy generation are obliged to meet future challenges concerning resource conservation, profitability and aviation safety. Due to the climate change, the energy policy framework requires the reduction of CO2 emissions as well as a higher proportion of renewable energies. The latter calls for more flexible load changes of fossil power plants and therefore of turbomachines. Furthermore, the increasing scarcity of resources concerning materials and fuels constitutes another important challenge. In order to meet these challenges, industry and science have united in the Fraunhofer innovation cluster »Life Cycle Engineering for Turbomachines«.

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Furthermore, Fraunhofer IPK is a member of the cluster:

Innovation Cluster »Next Generation ID«

In the Fraunhofer innovation cluster “Next Generation ID”, academic and industrial researchers are working hand in hand with the support of government agencies to protect consumers against the risk of purchasing counterfeit products and identity theft, by developing secure supply chain monitoring methods and autonomous vehicle communication systems. The purpose of the innovation cluster is to develop innovative technologies for industrial use that will permit the creation and application of secure methods for the authentication of service and product data at all stages of the supply chain. The objective of this research and development project is to provide industry with working prototypes and demonstration products that can be transformed to meet market requirements. The “Next Generation ID” project is sponsored by the state governments of Berlin and Brandenburg.

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Innovation Cluster Next Generation ID
at the Fraunhofer-Website

The following cluster initiatives are expired:

Innovation Cluster »Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) in Energy and Transport«

The Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster »Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) in Energy and Transport« of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK and the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM is a collaboration of seven research partners and 14 business enterprises. The cluster is supported by the states Berlin and Brandenburg and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The initiative aims at developing resource-saving and energy-efficient MRO processes and technologies and sustainably establish them in the capital region Berlin / Brandenburg.

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Innovation Cluster »Secure Identity, Berlin and Brandenburg«

Secure identity controls access to objects of daily living. It is a basis for every business process. Secure identity is essential for operability of a highly developed society. The protection of identity with its different representation forms of biometrics, digital signatures or the future German electronic identification card thus is one of the most important challenges for civil security. Furthermore secure identity is an essential basis of future automated systems for traffic, household and industry.

Innovation Cluster Secure Identity at the Fraunhofer-Website

View the Website of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to find more Innovation Clusters.