Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi)

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi), as a supreme authority of the Federal Government, performs legislative, administrative and coordinating functions for the Federal Republic of Germany, for example in energy, industrial and innovation policy as well as in competition, SME and European policy. Its central task is to secure lasting prospects for employment, investment and growth in Germany with a forward-looking economic policy. The guiding principle for this is a policy based on the principles of the social market economy. Essential fields of action for the Ministry are the support and promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups, stimulating and accompanying investments and innovations, maintaining and expanding the international competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location, and creating the necessary framework conditions. In doing so, it is also responsible for ensuring that important challenges of our time such as digitalisation, the effects of demographic change, the energy transition and other economic transformation processes for climate protection and a secured prosperity and growth also in the future are adequately addressed and taken into account. The increased attention and commitment paid to this growing range of tasks is reflected by the Ministry's most recent name change into Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

The Fraunhofer Group Light & Surfaces combines the expertise of six Fraunhofer institutes. The core competences of the group include the development of coating systems and coating processes for a variety of applications, functionalization of surfaces, development of laser sources, development of micro-optical and precision mechanical systems, material processing and in optical measurement.

Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is a supreme technical-scientific authority organised under the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWi). It provides sovereign and public services and is the central research and advisory institution of the German Federal Government in the field of geosciences and raw materials. Its central tasks include providing advice on raw materials and geosciences to ensure the long-term supply of raw materials and energy for the Federal Republic of Germany, on the final storage of highly radioactive waste and sustainable geo-resource management, as well as the collection, standardisation, harmonisation and provision of geoscientific and raw materials data at federal level and the necessary coordination work with the State Geological Surveys of the Länder. It is involved in national and international geoscientific and technical cooperation in the fields of geosciences, raw materials, soil and groundwater as well as geohazards and the final disposal of radioactive waste, and participates in the promotion of science and industry through geoscientific research and development, knowledge and technology transfer, participation in university teaching and the provision of information. It is also responsible for the Federal Earthquake Service and for monitoring compliance with international agreements, for which it operates the National Data Centre (NDC) and seismological and infrasound stations as part of the International Monitoring System (IMS). Through the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) as national information and consultancy platform, the BGR also undertakes to advise the German economy since October 2010 on issues relating to the availability and sustainable use of raw materials and on current market developments, and in the field of international marine research, the BGR carries out demand-oriented departmental research.

FH Münster - University of Applied Sciences - Institute of Energy and Process Technology (IEP)

The IEP belongs to the institute network "Resources, Energy and Infrastructure" of the FH Münster. The IEP conducts interdisciplinary research on regenerative power and heat generation, renewable raw materials, energy storage, energy and process optimisation of industrial production processes as well as resource and material flow management. The IEP is located in Steinfurt.

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research (IFAM)

The Shaping and Functional Materials Division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM has premises in Bremen and Dresden. IFAM works in contract research in the following areas: Biomaterials Technology, Electrical Systems, Electromobility, Functional structures, Casting Technology, Light Weight Materials, Materialography and Analytics, Powder Technology, High Performance Sintered Materials, Cellular Metallic Materials. The main objectives for IFAM's work are minimisation of material and energy consumption as well as cost-benefit optimisation.
The R & D activities of the Department of Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces at the Fraunhofer IFAM focus on adhesive bonding technology, as well as plasma technology and paint/lacquer technology. The objective is to provide industry with application-oriented system solutions.