About us

Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety- and Energy Technology UMSICHT, Institute Branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg

Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT in Sulzbach-Rosenberg Germany is a Pioneer of the energy and raw material revolution. We contribute to a sustainable energy and raw material supply through business-oriented innovations and research in energy and plant technology, biological process engineering and recycling management.

The institute focuses on the development of processes and plants for the conversion of biogenic residues into valuable, storable products (e.g. synthetic fuels, biochar and gas), for the recycling of composite materials (e.g. electronic scrap or CFRP) and for waste management concepts for municipalities and countries. Our Centre of Energy Storage focuses on digital innovations in decentralised energy conversion and storage systems.

Our researchers accompany clients from industry and the public sector from the process idea to the pilot plant and the finished product.

Facts and Figures

The Sulzbach-Rosenberg branch of the institute in the Nuremberg metropolitan region employs around 104 staff and achieved an annual turnover of EUR 14 million in 2020 (as of 31.12.2020). The institute has been a member of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft since July 1, 2012.

Fraunhofer UMSICHT Oberhausen

Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Oberhausen was founded in 1990 and develops technical innovations in the fields of environmental, material, process and energy technology. The aim of the institute is to promote sustainable management, environmentally friendly technologies and innovative behaviour in order to improve the quality of life of people and to promote the innovative ability of the economy.

In 2020, the workforce at both locations comprised 577 employees - most of whom have a degree in natural sciences or engineering. Of these, 344 are permanent staff, plus 15 apprentices and 218 students, pupils and interns.

In 2020, the institute generated sales of more than EUR 53.7 million. Of this, EUR 13.8 million is economic income, EUR 22 million is public income, EUR 4.8 million is other income, EUR 6.2 million is basic funding and EUR 4.6 million is funding through internal programs.

Fraunhofer Society

Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 75 institutes and research institutions. The majority of our 29,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers who work with an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros. Of this sum, 2.4 billion euros are generated through contract research. Around two thirds of Fraunhofer’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and publicly funded research projects. The remaining third comes from the German federal and state governments in the form of base funding. This enables the institutes to work on solutions to problems that are likely to become crucial for industry and society within the not-too-distant future.


Cooperation with universities

Cooperation between science and research


Fraunhofer Innovation Platform FIP with the University of Bologna


Fraunhofer UMSICHT is an innovative place of learning at OTH Amberg-Weiden

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The organization provides an overview of the structuring of the institute.