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July 2, 2021 | TU Dresden develops laser robot for disposal of radioactive toxic waste
The demolition of old nuclear power plants produces large quantities of radioactive waste. The removal of this waste can be extremely dangerous for humans. Researchers at Technische Universität Dresden now want to make a change. For this purpose the team of the Chair of Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy Technology has developed a new laser robot that is intended to render contaminated materials harmless before they are demolished and make them accessible for future reuse.
Their focus lies on a paint made of plasticizers that was common in the 1970s, which is usually found on the walls and metal parts of old power plants and is considered to be carcinogenic. Currently, the radioactive paints are still removed with sandblasters, which leads to contamination of the sand used. To get around this, the Dresden robot was equipped with special lasers that can heat the paints in such a specific way, that the radioactive materials decay and can then be extracted. According to the TU Dresden, there is already international interest in this technology as the number of ramshackle nuclear power plants continues to rise.
June 18, 2021 | Digital Product Factory: Smart System Hub from Dresden enters third round with new challenge
Eyes from Infineon, muscles from Wandelbots, a nervous system from SAP and objective partner: this is what the third round of the Digital Product Factory, DPF for short, looks like. The DPF is an innovation program of the Smart Systems Hub from Dresden that aims to develop digital industrial applications. Its projects are limited to a term of three months and bring together cooperation partners from various disciplines. In the third, current edition of the Digital Product Factory, technology company Infineon is now working with software specialists SAP, objective partner and Wandelbots to improve human-robot interaction using artificial intelligence (AI). To this end, the co-innovators have set themselves two goals: The development of a flexibly deployable robot that can be taught and monitored with a sensor fusion-based edge AI solution, and the ability to digitally make the robot AI billable.
Both together form a holistic and scalable business model, which is also referred to as "robot and asset as a service". The Smart Systems Hub Dresden provides the virtual and physical spaces for this, methodically leads the product development and takes over the organization and acquisition of know-how.
June 14, 2021 | Jenoptik, Vodafone, Bosch - Dresden's high-tech location on course for growth
Vodafone, Jenoptik and Bosch are bringing growth to the hightech region of Dresden. While the mobile communications specialist Vodafone wants to establish a global competence center for research and development in the state capital, Jenoptik and Bosch are setting up new production facilities in "Silicon Saxony". At the new Vodafone innovations center, up to 200 researchers will work on the further development of 5G and 6G technology and drive concrete applications in the fields of autonomous driving, connected agriculture, chemistry and construction. Photonics group Jenoptik is acquiring land to invest in a new cleanroom factory with a state-of-the-art manufacturing building and office complex. Industrial giant Bosch, on the other hand, has just opened a new semiconductor factory in the north of Dresden. The site is considered one of the most modern of its kind and one of the largest investments made by the traditional company. The Office for Economic Development was directly involved in all three additions to Dresden’s business community. Dresden's Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert emphasizes the advantages of Dresden for businesses: "The interaction of numerous companies, institutes and startups makes Dresden one of the leading high-tech locations in Europe. The future is at home in Dresden". Dresden's excellent universities educate globally sought-after talents, especially in the STEM subjects, who are now offered further very attractive opportunities locally.
May 28, 2021 | Dresden researchers make technical surfaces as pure as a lotus
April 16, 2021 | Leap in perovskite research: TU Dresden makes production of highly efficient solar cells reproducible
High-performance, low-cost solar cells are an important part of the energy revolution, this is why there has been intensive research on this technology for many years. One area that has caused much excitement in recent years, deals with so-called perovskite cells. These small solar power plants are significantly lighter and less expensive in production than conventional silicon cells, and have recently seen significant efficiency improvements. For a long time researchers were faced with a major riddle when it came to manufacture, as the manufactured cells showed inexplicably large differences in quality. However, a research group at the Technical University of Dresden (TU Dresden) has successfully solved the riddle. They identified a specific anti-solvent as the cause of the low reproducibility. In their study, they were able to show how different applications of the substance led to deviating results in production. The researchers were also able to derive recommendations for optimal application from their work. "Our results offer valuable insights for the perovskite research community, that are necessary for the further development of this promising technology into a commercial product", said director of studies Prof. Vaynzof. The results were published in the prestigious journal ‘Nature Communications’.
April 9, 2021 | TU Dresden advances into the gigahertz range for the first time with organic diodes
The Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) at Dresden University of Technology is one of the world's leading research institutions in the field of organic electronics. The goal of institute director Prof. Karl Leo and his team is to develop completely metal-free components to enable new fields of application such as roll-up screens, organic man-machine interfaces or body-compatible electronic implants. Until now, however, diodes made of purely organic materials were considered too slow (computing power of about 20 to 30 megahertz), thus they were always supplemented with silicon components. A new technology from TU Dresden, which combines carbon-based transistors using a novel vertical design, could change that. It can be used to create purely organic diodes that achieve switching frequencies of up to 3 gigahertz. Prof. Karl Leo and his team are confident that the vertical technology will soon enable them to produce complex organic circuits that are as fast as silicon chips. With them, even fully rollable OLEDs would get closer.
March 5, 2021 | ZEISS and TU Dresden enter into strategic cooperation
Whether in microelectronics, quantum materials, semiconductor technology or 6G - business and science are working hand in hand in the Dresden innovation space. This also applies to Dresden University of Technology and the technology company ZEISS, which recently entered into a long-term cooperation. The optics specialist from Jena wants to use the cooperation to network closely with students and scientists at TU Dresden, physicians at the university hospital, as well as start-ups and innovative companies from the region. The cooperation will not be limited to optical technologies, but will also cover areas such as life sciences, medical technology, microelectronics, nanotechnology, computer science and artificial intelligence. The first project is in the field of organoids, in which the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research and the Else Kröner-Fresenius Center for Digital Health are participating. Organoids are artificially created tissue parts that resemble human organs. The cooperation is initially scheduled to run for three years.
February 26, 2021 | TU Dresden develops sniffing robot for disaster operations
In accidents, disasters or the removal of war damage - gases can pose a great danger, especially if they are odorless. For this reason, seven chairs at TU Dresden, led by Dean Prof. Dr. Uwe Aßmann, have jointly developed the SNIFFBOT, a remote-controlled robot that can inspect and secure the area using gas sensor technology. In the future, the robot will be used in hazardous situations in larger numbers and be able to communicate with humans, its physical environment as well as the other robots. In addition to securing catastrophic events, the technology is also suitable for industrial applications such as monitoring complex production facilities. The SNIFFBOT project is funded by the Sächsische Aufbaubank as part of the Smart Systems Hub Dresden with a total of 1.78 million euros and will run until the end of 2021.
February 19, 2021 | Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft launches research project to develop 6G standard
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's 6G SENTINEL research project aims to drive forward the development of important technologies for the 6G mobile communications standard. Among others, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) from Dresden is involved in the project, which aims to perform important pioneering work in a key market of digitalization with its research. The 6G mobile communications standard is intended to ensure better performance in terms of data rate, energy efficiency, latency and reliability of the mobile network. It is considered an important prerequisite for the widespread real-time remote control of physical objects, which is central to IoT applications or self-driving cars, among others. This is an area of research which various research institutes in Dresden such as the Barkhausen Institute or the 5G Lab Germany of Dresden University of Technology have worked on intensively for many years.
A co-founder of the 5G Lab Germany is long-time 5G expert Prof. Dr. Gerhard Fettweis, who was recently awarded the European SEMI Award. As one of the leading researchers in the field of communications engineering, Fettweis is involved in the development of a unified 6G radio spectrum to handle both cellular and sensory communication of robotic applications. To this end, the first IEEE International Online Symposium on Joint Communications & Sensing will take place from 23-24 February 2021, organised by the Barkhausen Institute and TU Dresden.
February 12, 2021 | Plastic waste becomes crude oil - Biofabrik from Dresden goes into series production with recycling plant
From a throwaway society to a circular economy - with the "WASTX Plastic" from Biofabrik in Dresden, this could be the future. Installed in shipping containers, the mobile recycling plant is capable of breaking down plastic packaging waste at around 400 degrees and converting it into synthetic crude oil - a process also known as pyrolysis. Until now, the technology has been considered inefficient and too energy-intensive for plastics, so it has hardly been used. With the Biofabrik's "WASTX Plastic”, it is now possible to melt down plastics at comparatively low temperatures, making the plant highly profitable and versatile. Biofabrik's developers around CEO and founder Oliver Riedel have already planned a pilot project in Africa and a large-scale pyrolysis plant in Germany, which will be assembled from many individual containers and will recycle around 200 tons of plastic waste per day. One kilogram of waste produces around one liter of crude oil.
In order to provide the necessary facilities, Biofabrik has handed over production to regional contract manufacturers, who have now started series production. In 2021, up to 100 plants will be manufactured; in 2022, several hundred are already planned. The need for recycling plants for plastic waste is vast: More than 400 million tons of plastic are produced annually - much of it is disposed of after one-time use. Only in November, Biofabrik delivered another recycling plant to its first customers: The WASTX Oil, which recycles waste oil. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Dresden-Rossendorf, Biofabrik seeks to develop technical solutions for the major energy and waste problems of the 21st century - first on a small scale to be scaled up later.
February 05, 2021: Dresden-based research cluster SaxoCell wins funding in the millions
January 29, 2021 | Volkswagen starts series production of the ID.3 in the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden
After six month of conversion work on the production line, the time has finally come: The first ID.3 rolls off the production line at the Gläserne Manufaktur in the presence of the Saxon Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Dulig. This makes Dresden the second production site after Zwickau for Volkswagen's compact electric vehicle, which was launched in 2019 as the successor to the Golf and the first model in the ID. series.
Like all electric vehicles from the Volkswagen Group, the ID.3 is based on the Modular E-Drive Toolkit (MEB), the technological backbone of the Volkswagen E-Offensive. Mayor Dirk Hilbert sees this as a step that will also benefit the city of Dresden: "We want to develop Dresden into a model city for sustainable and integrated urban mobility. Thus we have included the new e-model in the fleet of the state capital. We have also been working as a community to ensure that the charging infrastructure is steadily improving." Parallel to the start of production of the ID.3 in the manufactory, the neighboring Volkswagen visitor center is also opening a new chapter. As the "Home of ID." it will deliver up to 9,700 ID. vehicles to customers each year. Another focus of the strategic realignment is the expansion of the research site. New opportunities now arise to test innovative projects in small series in the manufactory before they are used at the large volume sites.
January 19, 2021 | NorcSi wants to bring silicon batteries to market maturity - Helmholtz Center involved in development
From flashlights to electric cars – lithium-ion batteries have become increasingly powerful in recent years, but today they have virtually reached their technological limits. In the expectation of future leaps in development, new materials are needed. One promising candidate is silicon. The semimetal could increase the storage capacity of batteries tenfold in the future, but it changes its chemical structure very quickly, which has impeded industrial applications so far. However, thanks to a new manufacturing technology that treats the silicon with lightning, this could change. Developed at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), this new technology is to be brought to market by the Dresden-based start-up NorcSi. The company, a spin-off of the HZDR, wants to bring the silicon batteries to series maturity in the coming years. It is confident that the new technology is not only more powerful, but also more cost-effective than current batteries. As e-mobility is currently on the rise, the international demand for such energy storage devices is high.
January 12, 2021 | Saxony supports Senorics with two Million Euros
Senorics GmbH is a high-tech company from Dresden that develops organic sensors for the substance analysis of food, beverages and textiles. Their mini-sensors, which are suitable for everyday use, represent a low-cost alternative to laboratory analyses and are expected to enable a wide variety of consumer applications in the future, for example to determine the sugar content of fruit. The Free State of Saxony is therefore supporting the company on its way to mass production with a grant of two million euros. The grant will be used to set up a pilot line and is provided by the joint funding scheme of Saxony and the EU, which has so far supplied 50 million euros to saxon companies. On the occasion of the funding, Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig emphasized Senorics' innovative strength and its importance for Dresden as a business site. Senorics emerged from the Institute of Light Physics (IAP) at TU Dresden in 2017 and currently employs around 40 people.
08th January 2021 | Coding platform EntwicklerHeld raises fresh money for expansion
Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen and Björn Bak, founder of the dating platform Lovoo and venture capital fund Edition.VC from Dresden, are investing a high six-figure sum in Dresden-based coding platform EntwicklerHeld. Founded in 2018, the company offers online coding challenges that software developers can solve to compete with others while attracting attention in the job market. The platform is home to professionals actively seeking for a job, as well as to those who are currently employed but could imagine a job change in the future. The company assumes around 70 percent of all developers to be open to new job opportunities. Since many of them also code in their free time, the investors still see a lot of potential in the platform. Their capital raise will therefore be used to further expand in the coming years. So far, around 20,000 people have registered on EntwicklerHeld. The platform was designed by the founders during their studies at TU Dresden and later developed in cooperation with the university service dresden|exists and numerous IT partners from the region.
30th December 2020 | Dresden-based chip company FMC collects 20 million US dollars for new storage technology
The Dresden-based chip company Ferroelectric Memory GmbH (FMC) has received around USD 20 million in a Series B financing round for the further development of a promising data storage technology. The financing round was led by new investors M Ventures and imec.xpand, and also included Hynix, Robert Bosch Venture Capital and other investors from the technology sector. FMC specializes in the development of ferroelectric memories, which are characterized by particularly high speeds, enormous scalability and extremely low power consumption. The small chips are regarded as next-generation memory solutions and open up new application possibilities for technologies from the fields of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data and 5G. The Dresden-based company intends to bring the innovative memories to market maturity in the coming years. To this end, the company plans to enlarge the team and drive its international expansion forward, including in the US and Asian markets. FMC has developed its technology together with Globalfoundries at the Nanoelectronics Laboratory of TU Dresden.
23th December 2020 | Dresden researchers turn electricity into quantum honey
Herbertsmithite is a quantum material that was discovered by scientists of the Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat and could play a decisive role for future developments in the field of microelectronics. The reason: The material has a special lattice structure in which electrons not only move individually, but like a viscous liquid, which is hardly disturbed by the lattice. A phenomenon that Johanna Erdmenger and Ronny Thomale, scientists of the Cluster of Excellence, call "quantum honey". In the future it could be used for the faster and more efficient transport of electricity. Johanna Erdmenger has many years of research experience with the physics of black holes, Professor Ronny Thomale with the physics of solid bodies. The two researchers only succeeded in discovering the material because they combined two previously separate theories of quantum gravity and solid state physics. The research results were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.
16th December 2020 | Jenoptik invests in production plant for the manufacture of future sensor generations
Jenoptik is investing in a new electron beam facility which will be put into operation in Dresden by mid 2022. The new facility will be built by the Jena-based specialist Vistec Electron Beam. The facility will form a core element in the development and production of new generations of precision sensors. Due to its enormous accuracy, it is capable of processing materials in the 10-nanometer range, which corresponds to approximately one 2,000th of a hair. The system is versatile and is used in Dresden, among other things, for the production of micro-optics, the core of Jenoptik sensors. The sensors are indispensable for the semiconductor industry, which also operates under high-precision requirements. Jenoptik is one of the world's leading development and production partners for optical and microoptical systems.
09th December 2020 | Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden discusses AI with artists and scientists
The Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden is an initiative of the Schaufler Foundation and the TU Dresden, which brings together scientists and artists to discuss technological innovations and changes in society and culture. The lab consists of two pillars, the Schaufler Kolleg@TU Dresden and the Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden. It was officially opened on October 28 with a virtual kick-off event. The first project phase of the Lab will focus on the question of how artificial intelligence (AI) changes cultural and social structures and how it is itself created and changed by them.
At the TU Dresden, many research units from mathematics, natural sciences and engineering contribute significantly to the development of AI. All participants are committed to a transdisciplinary research method at the interface of science and art.
02nd December 2020 | Dresdner Biofabrik recycles waste oil - first series plants delivered
Technical solutions for the major energy, nutrition and waste problems of our time - this is what Biofabrik from Dresden is working on with innovative plants such as the WASTX Oil: A recycling plant for waste oil, which has been in series production since the beginning of November and is to be delivered to partners all over the world. It can be used to decentrally and automatically recycle liquid residues such as waste oil, used diesel and fuel oil residues, but also kerosene and shipping oils. In this way, up to 0.9 liters of new fuel can be produced from one liter of old oil. A highly profitable technology for users that is also environmentally friendly. According to Biofabrik, about 25 million tons of waste oil accrue each year, of which up to 95 per cent are burned, deposited or illegally disposed of in nature. If one could use the energy of the annually accruing waste oil, the 85 energetically weakest countries in the world could be supplied with energy at low cost.
26th November 2020 | Handelsblatt ranking - Fabmatics ranks 35th place among the most innovative medium-sized companies 2020
Fabmatics is a Dresden-based service provider for factory automation that offers its customers innovative solutions for highly technical production environments. The company was formed in 2016 from a merger of Roth & Rau – Ortner GmbH and HAP GmbH, two automation specialists from the Dresden semiconductor industry. The merger enabled Fabmatics to establish itself as a system integrator in the field of smart factories and Industry 4.0, where it is now one of the leading providers. In recent years, Fabmatics has been able to expand widely thanks to strong demand from the high-tech industry, which recently earned it the 35th place in the Handelsblatt ranking of Germany's fastest-growing medium-sized companies in 2020. More than 4,000 German medium-sized companies were examined for the "TOP 100 Mittelstand 2020" ranking.
19th November 2020 | Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat develops customized crystals for quantum chips
Atom by atom, the researchers of the ct.qmat cluster of excellence create the materials of the 21st century in their laboratories. Quantum materials, such as manganese-bismuth-telluride: a custom-made crystal that can conduct electricity on its surface with no loss whatsoever while being insulated on the inside. Hope of a material revolution is pinned on the material. Its discoverers, among them Dresden Junior Professor Anna Isaeva and Dr. Alexander Zeugner, are working on the material together with a scientific community from 29 nations. Applied in thin layers, the miraculous material can be used on all surfaces - even on so-called quantum chips. They have the potential to drastically reduce the energy consumption of computers while significantly increasing their storage capacity and computing power. They represent an important development on the way to more sustainability in information technology.
12th November 2020 | Digital Infrastructure for Renewable Energies - Kiwigrid continues to develop software platform
Whether in private households or at energy suppliers - energy management systems play an important role in the efficient use of renewable energies. Thanks to state-of-the-art software, they can connect photovoltaic systems to stationary storage facilities, the power grid or an electric car. The Dresden-based manufacturer Kiwigrid already networks around 150,000 devices in this way on a decentralized platform.
With a new generation that couples the heat sector to the platform in addition to photovoltaics and e-mobility, the number is set to grow even further. The goal: millions of devices form a software-controlled unit so that electricity is made available in real time and across national borders. Being situated in Dresden could help Kiwigrid achieve this goal, as the location’s university landscape and expertise in electrical engineering are considered particularly favorable for greentech companies. With Solarwatt and Heliatek, Kiwigrid also has two other energy companies in its immediate neighborhood, which are also funded by technology investor Stefan Quandt.
6th November 2020 | Battery tests for the automotive industry – Novum receives capital injection in the millions
Novum Engineering is a Dresden-based startup that offers AI-based monitoring for batteries. Shareholders of the company, which was founded in 2014, are High-Tech Gründerfonds and the venture capitalist Dr. Hettich Beteiligungen, who together have already invested around 3.5 million euros before. They want to support Novum in improving a diagnostic device that can test the wear condition of batteries within seconds. The device works with a patented method and independently from internet connection. Conventional methods, on the other hand, require the batteries to be permanently online. In addition to large-scale storage systems, Novum plans to use the offline method for discarded automotive batteries in the future. So-called 2nd life rapid tests will allow them to be checked much more quickly for their suitability for later use as stationary storage devices. The investors see great potential in their application in the automotive sector.
28th October 2020 | Additive Drives secures seed financing of EUR 1.3 million
Three months after its foundation, the Dresden-based startup Additive Drives has completed a seed financing round. Its new investor is Munich-based AM Ventures Holding, which specializes in additive manufacturing technologies – it will invest 1.3 million euros. The financing is intended to support Additive Drives in advancing the market launch of 3D printed components for electric motors. The company's goal is to halve the development time of electric motors using these components. The startup is a spin-off of the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg near Dresden. In addition to being part of the SAXEED startup network, Additive Drives also cooperates with various universities and commercial enterprises.
22th of October 2020 | Globalfoundries presents new AI chip "made in saxony": Serial production to start 2022 in Dresden
The novel chip was developed by the semiconductor manufacturer Globalfoundries in cooperation with the Belgian research company Imec. Its strength lies in the processing of large amounts of data, such as those found in Big Data and AI applications. For these, the chip needs to work extremely energy-saving and to be more powerful than conventional chips. A functional demonstrator was recently presented to the public. The start of serial production is planned for 2022. The exclusive production site is Dresden, Europe's largest semiconductor production site. Globalfoundries operates a plant there, which is considered to be world-leading in semiconductor production. Globalfoundries plans to invest around 1.4 billion euros in its own expansion in 2021.
15 October 2020 | CO2 in steel production: Blast furnace hydrogen extraction in Dresden saves eight million tons a year
Around seven percent of global CO2 emissions are generated in steel production. One reason for this is the CO2-intensive use of coke to reduce iron ore. To reduce CO2 emissions, coke is now to be replaced by hydrogen. To this end, scientists from Fraunhofer Institute, including its Dresden-based ceramics institute IKTS, are researching a new process called direct reduction. It would make it possible to save 95 percent of the current CO2 emissions – in Germany around eight million tons a year.
The savings are made possible by hydrogen extraction integrated into steel production, which uses a special electrolysis system developed by IKTS. Thanks to heat-resistant ceramic cells, it should be able to use not only green electricity but also the heat from the blast furnaces for the hydrogen extraction. The process has already been examined by IKTS researcher Dr. Matthias Jahn in a feasibility study and is to be further tested as part of a Saxon hydrogen competence center.
09th of October 2020 | Dresden-based manufacturer of mini wind turbines prepares IPO
With only three employees and four installed systems, the Dresden-based technology start-up iQron is at the very beginning of its corporate history. But it already has big plans. The company intends to set up production with 50 employees in Saxony and sell around 4,000 small wind turbines annually on the world market. To achieve this, however, additional capital is needed, which iQron now wants to raise by going public on the Paris stock exchange, which offers technology start-ups a good investment climate through its Access Segment. The sale of 25 percent of the shares should generate proceeds of eight million euros. Of this, 4.5 million are planned for the development of production and sales, the rest will flow back to the owner, the Dresden venture capital holding E2C3, according to the "Sächsische Zeitung".
There is great potential in the small wind turbines: With a diameter of only 4.4 meters and an output of 2.5 to 7 kilowatts, they are ideal for the emission-free and cost-effective operation of mobile phone masts and water pumps. iQron would be the first manufacturer to mass-produce the mini wind turbines. There is no shortage of potential customers for the company: there are around two and a half million mobile phone masts worldwide that come into question. With Deutsche Telekom, the ambitious start-up has already found an important cooperation partner for initial field tests in Nuremberg.
02.10.2020 | Dresden-based car sharing provider Carl and Carla expands into four more cities
Carl and Carla is expanding rapidly. The Dresden-based car sharing service provider for vans, minibuses and campers is expanding its fleet by 100 additional VW vans and is now also present in Dortmund, Bonn, Erlangen and Fürth. The company currently offers a total of 500 vehicles in 21 German cities. As its latest model, the startup added an electric minibus from VW, the Elektro-6.1T, to its fleet. With this prototype, the team wants to find out how the new offer is accepted by customers and how they handle it. Carl and Carla originated in the Future Mobility Incubator of VW's “Gläserne Manufaktur” in Dresden. The start-up program is a cooperation between Volkswagen and the City of Dresden to promote innovative business ideas related to future mobility.
25th of September 2020 | Modern technology against cancer - New National Center for Tumor Diseases at Dresden University Hospital
With the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT/UCC), a new hotspot for research and treatment has opened in Dresden. The NCT is supported by the University Hospital and the Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). he Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus of the TU Dresden and the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) are also represented at the NCT, which thus brings together a large number of renowned research institutions in one location.
Scientists and medical experts have access to the most modern facilities for analysis and treatment available in Germany. The close proximity also facilitates the intense interdisciplinary cooperation of different specialists and disciplines required for complicated cancer diseases and simplifies processes from cell analysis to the surgical removal of malignant tissue. The networking of instruments and equipment by experts from medicine and computer science is decisive in this context. In total, up to 500 peoplewill make valuable contributions to the fight against tumour diseases at the NCT in Dresden.
This further reinforces Dresden's status as one of the leading biotech locations in Europe. Only in July, the newly founded company Innate Repair Saxony GmbH (iRSN) added another biotech player to the site. The city of Dresden is supporting the company, which is active in the field of diabetes research, with 70,000 euros in funding as part of its this year's Innovation Promotion Program.
17th of September 2020 | Dresden's Innovation Promotion Program - 2020 award winners presented
In its fourth year of its innovation promotion program, the city of Dresden supports seven exceptional projects that use new and clever approaches to tackle problems of relevance to the city. An expert committee evaluated the submitted applications in June 2020. The decisions over funding amounts between 10,000 and 100,000 euros have now been announced during an award ceremony. This year's winners are the companies Innate Repair, coboworx, SEMRON, eMAXX, PIKOBYTES, scoolio and IoT-Plan. They represent the broad spectrum of innovations emanating from Dresden. The innovations tackle global challenges such as energy efficiency and sustainability as well as very practical issues such as the use of robots in small and medium-sized enterprises or securing skilled workers.
The city’s Innovation Award is open to all topics and enables projects in the fields of Industry 4.0 , Smart City, new materials, future energy systems or non-technical innovations. The applicants are founders and start-ups from the high-tech sector, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Dresden, as well as research institutions and non-SMEs within the framework of company alliances.
10th of September 2020 | CeTI Dresden founds “Campus Genius” - 5G-networked robots support companies worldwide
The CeTI ("Center for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop") of the TU Dresden has founded the company "Campus Genius" in order to provide solutions for individual 5G networks to the market. With this, the CeTI Cluster of Excellence is reacting to the increasing demand for 5G networked robots, which can be used to make processes in companies more efficient, faster and more cost-effective. Fifth generation mobile communications (5G) are significantly more responsive than their predecessor LTE and can coordinate many hundreds of operations in parallel. The startup offers campus network cores and containers which are mobile 5G transmitting stations in the 3.7 and 3.8 gigahertz frequency window. They are also attractive for the path towards Industrial Internet of Things from a data protection and industrial espionage perspective as they are isolated from public mobile networks. Moreover the team around Thomas Höschele and Sebastian Itting does not use any controversial technology, but only well-known brand products and in-house developments.
4th of September 2020 | Dresden-based start-up WAKU Robotics expands internationally – Marketplace for industrial robots grows
Dresden is one of Europe’s leading robotics hubs. Young companies such as Wandelbots, which offers no-code robotics solutions, or Coboworx, where tailor-made robotics concepts are developed for SMEs, take advantage of the city’s innovative power. The young players in Dresden also include the start-up WAKU Robotics, which offers two main solutions to its international customers from the fields of logistics and e-commerce for finding the right robots for their respective applications: the independent comparison platform "LotsOfBots" and the Online Robot Solution Designer. Internationally, the demand for robots is high, but procurement is often difficult and time-consuming. WAKU Robotics has therefore set itself the goal of becoming the world's largest marketplace for mobile robots. In expanding internationally, they get support from well-known investors such as Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen, the innovation platform Plug and Play and Hans-Jürgen Cramer, former managing director of Vattenfall Europe, who recently invested one million euros in the start-up.
25th of August 2020 | Dresden-based company develops Corona app for tracking event participants
From September 1st on, the "pass4all" app developed in Dresden to track contacts with corona infected persons at events will be available for download in app stores. The app reduces the effort of documenting the attendees of an event, as there will no longer be a need to issue personalized tickets. Instead, health authorities can effectively track possible chains of infection via the app. This is made possible by using a QR code or Bluetooth on the cell phone to store information on visitors’ data regarding location, time, area, row and seat. This information is already encrypted on the user’s mobile phone and thus transmitted anonymously to the health authorities. pass4all thus supplements the official Corona warning app of the German government.
20th of August 2020 | The first construction site in Germany automated via 5G mobile communications is emerging in Dresden
In Dresden, a pilot construction site automated via 5G mobile communications is to go into operation in mid 2022. This is the aim of a project coordinated by the Institute for Mechatronic Mechanical Engineering at the TU Dresden, in which over 20 construction companies, construction machinery manufacturers, software companies and other institutes are involved. By retrofitting construction machines with digital assistants and 5G modules and connecting them with a new type of construction site cloud, a more efficient construction process will be facilitated. This however constitutes only a partial automation. The robots will continue to be controlled by people on the construction site, whose work will be supported by digital assistance systems. Nevertheless, the innovation is also intended to counteract the shortage of skilled workers.
12th of August 2020 | Research team at TU Dresden works on the development of Corona rapid test
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the TU Dresden is working on the development of a Corona rapid test, aiming to deliver results much faster than previously possible. Based on the analysis of blood drops, the test is planned to take only a few minutes, whereas the results of currently existing tests are only available after about four hours in the best case scenario. The method is planned to be ready for use in 2021. In the long term, it is also planned to develop a test methodology that will enable sensors on smartphones to detect an infection through skin contact. Employing faster tests enables the timely interruption of chains of infection, thus making an important contribution to containing the pandemic.
6th of August 2020 | Expansion of the “Universelle Werke” planned – New Innovation Campus for Robotics and Lightweight Constructions in Dresden
The “Universelle Werke“, the Dresden innovation center for high-tech companies, is to be expanded by 2022. Already now, the centre on the site of the old factory is home to start-ups, research and technology companies in the fields of lightweight construction and new materials, digitalization as well as future mobility and robotics. Since its inauguration in 2019, the location enjoys great popularity and its capacity is fully utilized. Therefore the Dresden Economic Development Agency together with the real estate experts from Immopact are now planning the spatial expansion. This will create a completely new innovation campus focusing on robotics and lightweight construction in the heart of the city. The reactivation of an additional 15,000 square meters will almost quadruple the usable area of the Universelle Werke and provide space for many further innovative companies.
30th of July 2020 | Coboworx opens new office at the “Universelle Werke” – Business location Dresden attractive for up-and-coming robotics-startup
The company coboworx with its headquarters in Osann-Monzel near Trier opens a new office at the “Universelle Werke”, a technology centre in Robot Valley Dresden. The startup offers robot-based automation solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises. The founders cite the innovative strength of the TU Dresden and the exciting ecosystem of the location in the field of robotics as decisive factors in the choice of location. In addition, the city's fast decision to grant an innovation support contributed to the decision. coboworx specializes in collaborative robots, so-called cobots. The company has developed a new software-based method for significantly shortening the risk and hazard assessment of new cobots and offers an online platform for the digitalised recognition of automation potential and the calculation of the ROI.
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14th of July 2020 | Dresden companies take part in the HANNOVER MESSE DIGITAL DAYS
Several companies from Dresden presented their work at the virtual HANNOVER MESSE DIGITAL DAYS on 14 and 15 July. N+P Informationssysteme GmbH presented its development of a "Digital Twin" which acts as a human-centered information point in industrial software, FCP Fuel Cell Powertrain GmbH presented innovative fuel cells and powertrains for the international market and Wandelbots showcased its latest product, the TracePen. Two Fraunhofer Institutes also participated, EAS Dresden of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS participated with an innovation in the field of sensor technology and predictive maintenance, and the presentation of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS featured an innovation in the field of green hydrogen.
10th of July 2020 | TU Dresden Cluster of Excellence makes spectacular discovery in the field of solid state physics
The Cluster of Excellence Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter (CT.QMAT) of TU Dresden opens up new fields of research for physicists from all over the world with a spectacular discovery. The research group was able to demonstrate phenomena of quantum physics in ultrapure metals on a macroscopic level for the first time. Previously, most of these phenomena had only been observed at the smaller microscopic level, thereby on the scale of atoms and electrons. Experimental evidence was obtained on the ultrapure metals palladium cobalt oxide and platinum cobalt oxide by measuring periodic superpositions of electron waves over a length of 20,000 atomic distances. Previously, only measurements over a length of ten to 100 atomic distances were common.
8th of July 2020 – Three Dresden startups are awarded the Saxon Founders Prize - Morphus Space GmbH wins first place
Three of the five winners of the Saxon Founders Prize 2020 are companies from Dresden. The prize was awarded as part of the digital format of the futureSAX innovation conference.
The first place was awarded to Dresden-based Morpheus Space GmbH for amazingly small and efficient propulsion solutions for the autonomous operation of satellites.
The second place went to Semron GmbH, also based in Dresden, for manufacturing semiconductor chips with the energy efficiency of a brain.
The third place also went, partly, to Dresden, to Peerox GmbH for a self-learning assistance system for operating machinery. The third place was also awarded to LiGenium GmbH from Chemnitz, the audience award went to BSW-Education from Thalheim.
24th of June 2020 | New laboratory complex in Dresden – Institute for research on quantum materials planned
The Leibnitz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) is planning the construction of a new building complex on premises of about 10,000 square meters in Dresden. From 2024 onwards, it will offer space for laboratories specialising on industry-related research as well as a newly planned institute for research on quantum materials. Research on these materials, which have particularly special properties due to quantum effects, is expected to help achieve breakthroughs in the fields of quantum computer construction, the energy industry and medical technology. The IWF is already located in Dresden, but the currently used premises already provide insufficient space.
17th of June 2020 | Microsoft and Siemens invest in Dresdner Startup Wandelbots – TracePen successfully launched
The TracePen, the latest innovation of the Dresden start-up Wandelbots, is now available on the market. The device allows for the uncomplicated programming of industrial robots without special previous knowledge. In its Series B financing round, Wandelbots recently raised a total of 26 million euros. Among the investors were the London-based venture capital firm VC 83North, as well as Microsoft and Siemens. Additionally, investors who had already participated in the last financing round in 2018 further expanded their investments.
16th of June 2020 | Dresden uses climate-friendly concrete - foundation stone laid for the carbon house "CUBE"
The first house made entirely of carbon concrete is now under construction. On 16th of June the foundation stone for the Carbonhaus "CUBE" was laid on the premises of the TU Dresden. The university has been developing the carbon fibre reinforced concrete in many years of research. The material is significantly lighter and more durable than steel reinforced concrete and thus saves up to 70% CO2 due to less material needed. Completely new architectural forms can also be realized, as is impressively demonstrated by the curved roof of the carbon house. In Dresden, carbon concrete is already being used for a bridge extension. The renovation work on the "Carola Bridge" is already well advanced and the building material has proven itself to be viable.
17th of May 2020 | Dresden offers optimal job prospects also after the crisis
In a comprehensive study conducted by the London-based provider of training and further education FutureLearn, which assessed the job prospects of cities after the corona crisis, Dresden is ranked 14th globally. It thereby ranks third among the German cities following only Munich (9th place) and Stuttgart (13th place). The study is based on forecasts of the economic stability and career opportunities of the location. Factors such as the cost of living, labor law, the quality of healthcare, opportunities for immigrants and equal rights, as well as forecasts for unemployment and economic growth were all considered in the study.
6th of May 2020 | 5G NetMobil presents research results on information exchange in road traffic
The 5G NetMobil research project, coordinated by TU Dresden, has presented its results. The 5G NetMobil is a merger of 16 partners from research, medium-sized businesses and industry, who develop digital communication concepts for road traffic.
In addition to five concrete applications for networking between vehicles and their communication with the traffic infrastructure, requirements for the future 5G network have also been developed. The results will be incorporated into the worldwide standardization of infrastructure, as well as into business models and first serial projects of partners such as BMW, Volkswagen and the traffic light manufacturer Dresden Elektronik Ingenieurtechnik GmbH:
4th of May 2020 | Wandelbots presents TracePen for robot control
The Dresden-based startup Wandelbots has introduced a new product, the TracePen, which is designed to facilitate the introduction of robots into smaller companies. Movements which are performed manually can be transferred to be imitated by via the TracePen, thus eliminating the cost-intensive effort of programming. Wandelbots hereby launches its first product available on the market in higher quantities.
9th of April 2020 | Magazine "Business Punk" declares Dresden an ideal location for high-tech
Heliatek, Sunfire and Cloud&Heat are just three examples of Dresden-based companies offering solutions for climate change due to the development of new technologies and products. The magazine Business Punk visited them and took a close look at Dresden as a high-tech location. Read more
2nd of April 2020 | Fraunhofer spin-off launches revolutionary audio technology
The Dresden-based Fraunhofer IPMS spin-off Arioso Systems GmbH has launched a new silicon-based transducer principle into the market. The new technology enables a new type of extremely small micro loudspeakers. These are used, for example, in miniaturized headphones, which can now integrate applications such as instant translation or other voice-based internet services. The project is supported by the Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen, the High-Tech-Gründerfonds III and business angels, among others. Read more
2nd of April 2020 | Dresden located Barkhausen Institute involved in development of the Corona Proximity Tracking System
The Dresden Barkhausen Institute, which works closely with the TU Dresden and specializes in the core fields of the Internet of Things (IoT), is a member and contributor to the European initiative Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT). This initiative develops a basis for digital tracing in accordance with European data protection law in order to reduce the impact of the corona pandemic on life and society. The initiative has been able to contribute to the development of the security architecture, to operating system connectivity and to radio measurement for proximity detection of two individual mobile phones.
31st of March 2020 | Researchers at TU Dresden develop 3D-knitted mouth-nose mask
The technicians and scientists of the Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Materials Technology (ITM) at the TU Dresden, together with a cooperation partner, have succeeded in developing a fast variant for the production of novel textile 3D knitted masks for mouth and nose and have produced a prototype for immediate use. The production does not require any additional manufacturing effort.
23rd of May 2020 | DRESDEN-concept partner in the fight against the coronavirus - urgently needed parts for respirators can be manufactured by 3D printing processes
Due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, supply chains are currently partly interrupted, which leads to bottlenecks in production. In various European countries, 3D printing companies have established platforms to produce missing components, e.g. for ventilators by means of additive manufacturing processes, thus supporting medical technology companies. The European Commission's call for research clusters to register their 3D printers and to participate in the production of required materials, which was launched last week, has already been followed by several DRESDEN-concept partners, such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, the Chair of Technical Design at the TU Dresden, the Center for Translational Bone, Joint and Soft Tissue Research at the Carl Gustav Carus Medical Faculty of the TU Dresden and the Makerspace at SLUB.
16th of March 2020 | Globalfoundries Dresden wins new customers and orders
The Dresden-based chip factory of the semiconductor company Globalfoundries (GF) is expected to be fully utilized by the end of 2020 due to new customers and orders. The circuits manufactured there consume comparatively little electricity, which makes them particularly interesting for mobile devices and battery-powered machines. The company is currently expecting the corona crisis to have a negative impact of two to three months...
5th of March 2020 | Dresden solar module factory doubles production capacity
The Dresden-based photovoltaic system provider "Solarwatt" is on course for growth even in difficult times. Following sales records, the company is investing ten million euros in research and development as well as a new production line in Dresden. Solarwatt is thus doubling its production capacity at this location.
5th of March 2020 | Wandelbots Co-Founder Christian Piechnick receives German Startup Award in the category Best Newcomer
The prize for the best newcomer of the "German Startup Award" goes to Dresden - to Christian Piechnick, one of the five founders of Wandelbots. In Berlin, the German Startups Association selected actors of the German startup scene in five categories for the first time.