Cooperation in applied research#
Many German companies have discovered China as an attractive market. However, they often need local partners in applied research. Due to a long-standing cooperation with several research institutes and industrial partners in China, Fraunhofer IOSB established a representative office in Beijing already in 1996.
The focus of the representative office is the initiation of research activities in the fields of environment and energy. Especially in the field of water supply and water resource management Fraunhofer IOSB is involved in many R&D projects in China.
The last years have been very successful - cooperation projects have been established in the following areas, for example:
- Solutions for wireless data transmission of water quality data,
- Condition monitoring for wind turbines,
- Development of two remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) to monitor water quality and to observe reservoirs and aquacultures.
Within the framework of the funding program "International Partnerships for Sustainable Technologies and Services for Climate Protection and Environment" (CLIENT), the research project "HAPPI" (Small Hydropower Plants: Assessment of Climate Protection Potential and Improvement by Smart Technologies) was successfully completed.
The EU project INAPRO (Innovative model and demonstration-based water management for resource efficiency in an integrated multitrophic agriculture and aquaculture system) was also a success story.
Furthermore, researchers and companies in China appreciate our competence in the field of Industry 4.0, which is why we have organized several training courses in Germany.