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Interview with Sophie BERENGER, a former Phelma (student who graduated in 2009) and who is currently in the third year of her PhD in applied electrochemistry at FRAUNHOFER ICT

Published on April 22, 2013
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Communique November 5, 2012

FRAUNHOFER includes sixty research and development institutes spread across Germany, including FRAUNHOFER ICT, a chemical technology institute situated near Karlsruhe. The applied electrochemistry division operates in four wide-ranging areas: batteries and accumulators; fuel cells; electro catalysis; and analytical chemistry and chemical sensors.

What, in your opinion, are the new challenges that electrochemistry can meet?

Germany has announced that it is going to gradually phase out nuclear power between now and 2022. Germany is turning towards renewable energies to provide the 22% of electricity that is currently produced by nuclear energy. To address the issues relating to this energy revolution, it is going to be essential to develop efficient systems for converting and storing electrochemical energy. In this context, FRAUNHOFER ICT is involved in a number of electro-mobility projects, with major research areas in fuel cells, new-generation lithium batteries and redox batteries.

Which Phelma course has Fraunhofer identified in the field of electrochemistry and renewable energies?

We have very clearly identified the electrochemistry and processes for energy and the environment course as being in line with our activities. In addition, as far as I am aware, there is no engineering school in Germany that offers such a course!

What image does the school have in your company?

Phelma's image is very positive. The only downside, perhaps, is that the students do not speak German very well!


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Date of update April 22, 2013

Grenoble INP Institut d'ingénierie Univ. Grenoble Alpes