The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft was founded in Munich in 1949 as a non-profit organization to establish a link between science and industry. Nowadays with 66 Institutes, about 22 000 researchers, and a total annual research budget of 1.9 billion € the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is the largest organization for applied research in Europe. In the NanoCaTe project two institutes participate.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) was founded in 1992; 2011 was the number of employees about 160. Revenue 2011 was above 23 mio. €; about 36% of this was earned by contractual work, ca. 40% was directly funded by private industry.
Main objectives are industrial oriented development of technologies for material processing under the influence of high-power radiation, the deposition of thin films, material development for films from nanometer to millimeter thickness, development of printing technologies, and laser based macromaterial processing.
Fraunhofer IWS is actively involved in German alliances like “Innovation Alliance Carbon Nanotubes: Innovation for industry and society”, “Nano for production”, or “Nano in Germany” with competence in e.g. synthesis, processing or dispersing single walled CNT. Significant experience and state-of-the-art equipment for material characterization are available at IWS.
For the characterization of the pastes and inks a rheometer and contact angle measurement equipment are available. For the characterization of CNS optical and Raman spectroscopy are available. Arc-PVD processes for single walled CNT synthesis, laser material processing, and thin film deposition techniques are available. Dispenser and Aerosoljet printers will be used for the NanoCaTe project.
The department of thermoelectric systems of the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques (Fraunhofer IPM) has more than 15 years of experience in the field of thermoelectric R&D. It belongs to the world-wide leading groups in the field of thermoelectrics, resulting from a long track record of successful, publically funded projects as well as several industrial projects, including the development of the world’s first MEMS production of miniaturized thermoelectric devices on waferlevel, which resulted in the spin-off company Micropelt. The institute has experience in thermoelectric simulation, material development and module design and technology, as well as thermoelectric system setup and the necessary thermoelectric metrology. Since more than five years IPM successfully works on the field of energy autarkic systems including needed power management solutions. During the last years IPM developed standardized metrology methods for the determination of the thermoelectric properties in closed collaboration with the PTB and other European metrology institutes. Therefore the main objective within the project NanoCaTe is the validation of the partners measurement results of the developed thin film materials and devices.
Technische Universitaet Dresden
The TU Dresden was founded in 1828 as Technical School in Dresden. Nowadays it is a large University consisting of 14 faculties, having around 37 000 students and 8 500 employees. In 2012 TUD was identified as an “elite university” within the second programme phase of the Excellence Initiative in Germany. All four TUD proposals within this initiative were approved. Among these four is the Cluster of Excellence called Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfAED) which is very relevant to the NanoCaTe project. Also in 2012 the TUD was recognized as the number 1 University for Nanotechnology in Germany.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
DTU was founded in 1829 at the initiative of Hans Christian Ørsted as Denmark’s first polytechnic, and is today ranked among Europe’s leading engineering institutions, and the best engineering university in the Nordic countries. It has approximately 4 910 employees, of which 220 work in the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage. The research activities at DTU Energy Conversion focus on development of energy technologies and systems and contribute to innovation, education and policy. DTU has large experimental facilities and interdisciplinary research environments.
The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage carries out research and development on functional ceramics for energy technologies. The department is pursuing a number of related research areas, such as high temperature electrolysis, ceramic gas separation membranes, electrochemical flue gas purification, solar energy, magnetic cooling and thermoelectricity.
The Department has been involved in thermoelectric research for more than 5 years and has considerable know-how in the development and testing of materials, module components and modeling. Currently, more than 15 persons work directly on thermoelectricity related projects. DTU facilities include a all the state-of-the-art synthesis and processing techniques, advanced characterization and testing equipment’s. Currently, research focuses on medium and high temperature thermoelectric materials both bulk and thin films, fabrication of modules and modeling of these.
Aalborg University (AAU)
Aalborg University which is the fifth largest university in Denmark based on the number of enrolled students. Currently, Aalborg University has approximately 22.000 students and 3.500 employees. Although Aalborg University has had strong regional ties since its establishment, internationalization is a cornerstone in AAU’s strategy and development, and it is known for its project-oriented educational system.
The Department of Energy Technology carries out research and education within a broad field of Energy Technology, covering both Electrical, Thermal and Mechanical Energy. The Department’s research focuses on efficient energy production based on renewable energy sources and optimal use of energy for various purposes, hence also energy saving technologies.
The Thermoelectric research programme at Department of Energy Technology has its main focus on designing optimized thermoelectric energy systems through complete and detailed modeling, multi-parameter optimization and hardware design since 2005. Activities include multiphysics modeling based on computational fluid dynamics and electrical circuit modeling as well as experimental work involving full thermoelectric systems and individual thermoelectric modules or specific hardware for heat transfer and power electronics.
LEITAT Technological Center
LEITAT Technological Center, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated to provide services to the industrial sector, by adding technological value to products and processes. While focusing on R+D+i, based on flexible management in an “open innovation” environment, LEITAT is supporting the competitiveness of national and international companies through a driving force for the collaboration and the cooperation for technological transfer.
Since it was founded in 1906 LEITAT Technological Center has been specialized in production technologies. Currently, LEITAT develops R&D activities in the areas of materials sciences, environment, surface treatments, biotechnologies and renewable energies with deep knowledge and experience in technological transfers to several industrial sectors. LEITAT takes part each year in many projects financed by the regional and national governments, participates in projects co-funded by the European Commission, and develops private R&D projects funded by industrial partners. LEITAT is recognised by the Spanish Government as a CIT (Centre of Technological Innovation) and is one the 5 Technology Centres that is accredited by the Regional Government of Catalonia. Finally, it is member of FEDIT (Federation of Technological Centres in Spain) and the IT Network of the Catalan Regional Government.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the largest multidisciplinary research organisation in Northern Europe. It provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. VTT, a non-profit research organization, was founded in 1942 for scientific and public utility. VTT is originally an abbreviation of Finnish words “Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus” (State Technical Research Center).
From its wide knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, create new innovations and a substantial range of world class technologies and applied research services thus improving its clients’ competitiveness and competence. Through its international scientific and technology network, VTT can produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, create business intelligence and value added to its stakeholders. The turnover of VTT in the year 2011 was 310 Million €.
The INVENT GmbH is located in Braunschweig in northern Germany. INVENT offers a qualified know-how in the field of high performance fibre composites, allowing for manufacturing from prototypes and samples up to delicate flight hardware.
Further on even more unique composite types like Kevlar or structures made out of renewable/natural fibres can be handled as well. Its products are mainly sold to aerospace industry, but there are also automotive and railway OEMs among INVENTS regular customers.
The competences of INVENT cover also R&D activities on innovative materials like CNT and Graphene, but also on Smart Material like Piezoceramics. Those materials are used for the development of innovative products like Energy Harvesters, lightweight Actuators or autonomous Sensors. That kind of products and technologies is necessary for the development of functional integrated high performance lightweight structures, which are seen by INVENT as an important business field of the future.
Quick Ohm Küpper & Co
The Company Quick-Ohm is a founder and owner-managed company. It was set up from Mr. Klaus Küpper on the 6 January of 1975. The aim of company was the trade in electronic components for the electrical and engineering industries. At the start of business activities were standing the passive components and electromechanical parts. Afterwards the field of technical high-tech ceramic joined to it activity with its associated engineering.
Quick-Ohm has recognized in its company history the changing needs of customer by the reason of its marketability and took up the corresponding products in its range.
Knowledge Innovation Market (KIM)
KIM works with public companies, research institutions, government agencies and investors to improve the ROI on R&D.
Its mission is to contribute towards improving the competitiveness and technological progress of companies through providing specialized innovation services and the delivery of technology transfer projects driven by focused market intelligence. Through an intensive collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, KIM can address innovation needs of a pool of 600 SMEs located in Catalunya, being main services offered technology evaluations, assessments, funding requests and training activities.
The KIM model for knowledge/technology transfer is based on an offering of valorization services, commercialization paths and market positioning analysis, all conducted by their own in-house team of experts. The KIM team covers a range of technological sectors, encompassing technologists, project managers and technology commercialization agents. KIM also works with a national and international network of collaborators with great experience in innovation and technology.
Infineon Technologies Austria AG
Infineon Technologies focuses on the three central challenges of modern society: Energy Efficiency, Mobility and Security. It offers semiconductors and system solutions for automotive and industrial electronics, chip card and security applications. Infineon’s products stand out for their reliability, their quality excellence and their innovative and leading-edge technology in analogue and mixed signal, RF and power as well as embedded control.
Infineon is a global company with more than 26,000 employees and 20 R&D locations worldwide. Infineon is the world’s second largest chip supplier to the automotive industry, providing automotive applications such as the car’s powertrain, body and convenience, safety management and infotainment. Infineon is world leader for power ICs and number two in the segment of power modules. In the 2012 fiscal year (ending September 2012), the company reported sales of €3.9 Billion.
Alpcon is a Danish based R&D Company, specialized in development of Cleantech products with-in the area of waste heat recovery, energy harvesting and self-powered heating systems.
Alpcon recognizes that the utilization of waste heat is a key factor when it comes to increasing global energy efficiency and the reduction of overall energy consumption. Already at this stage, Alpcon has developed products that have the potential to revolutionize the energy sector. Alpcon is owned by its founders, Aalborg University and Vinona Invest.
Technische Universitaet Graz
In world-wide competition with comparable institutions, Graz University of Technology pursues top teaching and research in the fields of the engineering sciences and the technical-natural sciences. An integral part of putting together excellent education and training programs is knowing about the needs of society and the economy. Ultimately, the quality of the education and training at Graz University of Technology is carried by the strength of its knowledge-oriented and applied research. Numerous competence centers, the Christian-Doppler laboratories, special research fields, research focuses, and large EU projects are only a few examples of the University’s extremely active and successful research.
Today engineers have more responsibility than ever for the quality of life of generations to come. Just as technological progress is shaping our lives more and more, universities of technology are becoming more important in the education and training of scientists, research and development, and as partners with business, industry and politics. This awareness and a modern understanding of technology are the guiding principles of the students, teaching staff and researchers of Graz University of Technology. Its location in the midst of the economic region Graz makes Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) a focal point for teaching and research in technical sciences in the South of Austria.