Fraunhofer UMSICHT in the institute branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg is a pioneer of sustainable energy and raw materials management.

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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 89 staff and achieved an annual turnover of EUR 10.19 million in 2019 (as of 31.12.2019). 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 2019, the workforce at both locations comprised 529 employees - most of whom have a degree in natural sciences or engineering. Of these, 325 are permanent staff, plus 14 apprentices and 190 students, pupils and interns.

In 2019, the institute generated sales of more than EUR 49.45 million. Of this, EUR 14.7 million is economic income, EUR 19.8 million is public income, EUR 5.3 million is other income, EUR 4.8 million is basic funding and EUR 4.6 million is funding through internal programs.

Fraunhofer Society

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Under its umbrella, 74 institutes and research establishments work at locations throughout Germany. More than 28,000 employees generate the annual research volume of 2.8 billion euros. Almost 2.3 billion euros of this amount are spent on contract research. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft generates about 70 percent of this amount through contracts from industry and publicly funded research projects. International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies worldwide provide direct access to the most important current and future scientific and economic areas.


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