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Unit, Innovation Acceptance

Our application-oriented research focuses on success factors (best practice) and barriers that promote or impede the creation of sustainable energy systems at the international level.

Our areas of expertise are:

  • Development of innovative methods for coping with energy turnaround transformation processes in companies, regions, and countries
  • Social acceptance research regarding innovative technologies in the energy sector
  • Integrated evaluation of infrastructure projects and implementation of stakeholder dialogues (taking into account economic, ecological, and social aspects)
  • Drafting strategies to achieve cooperative solutions in international environmental negotiation processes

In terms of methodology, our analyses are based in particular on the identification of best practice examples, comparative analysis of situations in different countries, political science approaches, and the use of innovative dialogue and mediation procedures.

See here for the unit's range of services.

Current Projects

CitizenSensor - cooperation models

This project focuses on examples of how research institutions can develop innovations for the future in collaboration with community science initiatives.

FALKE - Research Alliance Cultural Heritage

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Leibniz-Gemeinschaft have been collaborating within FALKE since 2006.


Development of a European research and innovation network in the field of wood-based bioeconomy


Acceptance of decentralized urban power generation systems in Vietnam


New ways of recovering critical raw materials such as phosphorus

UrGEnT 1.0

Strategic support for sustainable urban and regional development in northern Thailand


LignoLink: Project launch in the Baltic States

The initiator team of the LignoLink project, consisting of representatives from Fraunhofer IMW, the Thünen Institute, and BioEconomy Cluster, traveled to Latvia and Estonia in late March 2019 to launch and develop a European research and innovation network with experts and scientists in the field of wood-based bioeconomy. Until the expected completion of the project on August 31, 2020, more of these initiation trips will follow, as project partner BioEconomy Cluster reports.

EFFESUS (Energy Efficiency for EU Historic Districts Sustainability) Booklet

Selected projects in the annual reports of the Fraunhofer IMW

In its annual reports, the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center presents the wide scope of its socio-economic services spectrum. The expert teams' contributions provide a compact overview of the institute's projects and product, subject and research focuses.



EU Plus: Management, Financing and Communication of EU funded projects