Hannover Messe 2014: Glimpsing the city of the future

Fraunhofer IAO auf der Hannover Messe 2014
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Fraunhofer IAO presents innovative concepts for the cities of tomorrow

Fraunhofer IAO is making pioneering contributions to the shaping of tomorrow’s cities and mobility, and to smart energy consumption. At the Hannover Messe from April 7-11, 2014, the institute will be showcasing its Morgenstadt: City Insights, Micro Smart Grid, and ChargeLounge projects. Visitors can use smartphones and tablets to bring 3D models to life and discover the sustainable technologies of tomorrow.

Following neatly on from the lead theme of 2013, the motto of this year’s Hannover Messe is “Integrated Industry – NEXT STEPS.” It’s all about the trend known as Industry 4.0, which foresees products and manufacturing processes being networked within smart factories. The first step is to fit existing technologies together and integrate them into industrial production. Under the banner of Future Factory, ten Fraunhofer Institutes will present new approaches to smart networking within the factory, as well as to issues of energy and sustainability and the city of tomorrow, at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s main booth (D18) in Hall 2.

At this year’s event, Fraunhofer IAO is focusing on pioneering energy management technology and will bring research into the city of the future to life.

Micro Smart Grid: small steps, big difference
Micro smart grids such as the one in the 3D model on show consist of smart generators, storers, and consumers of electricity such as wind turbines, photovoltaic facilities and electric vehicles. Adaptive algorithms continuously optimize power supply and demand. The goal is to have smart charging and load management that structures charging processes efficiently and avoids load peaks, together with a system that predicts demand. At the exhibit, visitors can take control of generation and consumption themselves in an attempt to keep the system balanced. They gain a clear picture of the resulting CO2 emissions and see immediately whether their efforts lead to economic success.

Morgenstadt: City Insights – Glimpsing work and life in the city of tomorrow
Teaming up with cities and industrial companies, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is striving to envision, develop, and implement pioneering urban innovations. At the Hannover Messe, visitors can bring the 3D model of a city to life using a smartphone app and learn all about Morgenstadt projects such as autonomous driving, urban gardening, urban production, and energy generating facades at the overall city level.

Both the real-life micro smart grid at the Fraunhofer Campus in Stuttgart and Fraunhofer’s Morgenstadt (city of the future) initiative were recently honored as Landmarks in the Land of Ideas 2013/14.

ChargeLounge: charging up in style
As well as exhibiting at Fraunhofer’s main booth, Fraunhofer IAO will be presenting its ChargeLounge system under the banner of MobiliTec at the Baden-Württemberg exhibition stand (Hall 27, Booth H 85). ChargeLounge is designed to enable fast and effective charging of electric vehicles. Implemented as a modular container solution, the ChargeLounge system is suitable for industrial series production and is easy to set up virtually anywhere.

Electromobile City Scooter (Hall 27, Booth H85)
Visitors to the Baden-Württemberg International stand at MobiliTec will have the chance to get a closer look at the Electromobile City Scooter, an innovative electric microcar that would make a perfect addition to urban delivery schemes. Developed by Fraunhofer IAO in collaboration with the company GreenIng, this compact vehicle features smart chassis technology that combines three wheels and air suspension to offer a stable, safe and enjoyable ride. The Scooter tilts well and is easy to control even in the smallest of spaces.

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