Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation was established on 2010 to promote the scientific cooperation between Chile and Germany. Our first Project: the Center for Systems Biotechnology (Fraunhofer CSB), works in close collaboration with the Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology Fraunhofer IME. This was the first international research and development excellence center, that was established in Chile with the support of Corfo, the economic development agency of the Ministry of Economy of the Chilean government.
This Center has 8 research lines: agriculture, aquaculture and sustainable aquaculture, biocomputing and applied genetics, biomedicine, nanobiotechnology, nanomedicine, renewable resources and therapeutic peptides.
Up to now it has over 80 contracts with different companies, with whom we work together for the development of new products and services in their business areas. We have awarded more that 53 public projects and established collaboration with 26 local universities, three of them as strategic collaborators.
We also have 11 technologies under intellectual property, 40 patents applications in different countries and 3 granted patents.
In 2013, Fraunhofer Chile Research awarded a second international research and development excellence center: the Center for Solar Energy Tehnologies.
With the support of the Ministry of Energy and the administration of Corfo, this Center opened in 2014 to contribute to the development of a solar economy in Chile.
This Center has three research lines: solar power generation, solar process heat, solar water treatment. It also develops projects and works directly with the government and solar energy sector to provide applied research and innovative solutions to this strategic industrial sector.
Fraunhofer Chile Research is a flourishing part of the innovation system in Chile, that works with partners from the industry, academics, regional and national government, to cause a real impact through applied research. Our challenge is to contribute to the development of the local industry, through the technology platforms and know-how developed in the 67 Fraunhofer institutes in Germany.