Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Helmholtz funds new spin-offs

07.07.2011
The Helmholtz Association is currently supporting five spin-off projects through its Helmholtz Enterprise programme, awarding each with €100,000 from the Initiative and Networking Fund. Most of the funding is invested in the spin-offs’ critical start-up phase. The funding is part of the Helmholtz Association’s technology transfer strategy.

“Helmholtz Enterprise funding allows us to support new companies, particularly when it comes to personnel,” says Dr Rolf Zettl, Managing Director of the Helmholtz Association. “The funds are intended to help spin-off projects hire new personnel and thus give the founders the freedom they need to work on their business plans. The funds are also designed to fill personnel gaps at the Helmholtz Centres in question, gaps that arise through employees switching to different jobs. The funding measure is an important part of our mission because it helps us promote the effective transfer of research findings into economic use.”

An external expert committee selected the following projects for funding:

AeroDesignWorks, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
RenEWaSol, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
ALION Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).
onemicron laser, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf HZDR)
SiMoNa, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
One year’s planning security
The Helmholtz Association uses its Helmholtz Enterprise programme to support spin-off ideas that have the potential for market success. With the maximum sum of €100,000 from the Fund and at least the same amount from the respective Helmholtz Centre, the spin-off projects have additional funding available for one year to enable them to meet personnel costs during the start-up phase.

Helmholtz Enterprise owes its existence to the German government’s Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation, which allowed the Helmholtz Association to set up its Initiative and Networking Fund. In addition to financing measures to continually improve research excellence, promote talent and ensure equal opportunities, it also supports company start-ups via the Helmholtz Enterprise programme. The programme financed 58 start-ups in the years 2005 to 2010.

Overview of the projects and the Helmholtz Centre contact persons:
AeroDesignWorks – Saving energy with hi-tech ventilators and fans
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
The founders of AeroDesignWorks GmbH plan to transfer knowledge gained from the hi-tech aircraft engine and power station gas turbine sectors to the mass market for ventilators and fans. These ultra-modern models reduce energy consumption without increasing production costs.
Founders: Georg Kröger (Dr.-Ing.), Ulrich Siller (Dipl.-Ing.)
For more information contact Cordula Tegen at the press office: cordula.tegen@dlr.de; Tel.: +49 2203 601-3876
RenEWaSol – Harnessing the sun’s energy to purify water
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
This is a spin-off from DLR’s Institute of Solar Research. The company plans to manufacture and operate water purification plants based on SOWARLA technology. The procedure uses photonic energy from sunlight to convert harmful substances into minerals. SOWARLA technology was developed by DLR and two SMEs in a project funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU). The technology minimises energy use and dramatically reduces the need for chemicals.
Founders: Jan Säck, Dr C. Sattler, Dr C. Jung
For more information contact Cordula Tegen at the press office: cordula.tegen@dlr.de; Tel.: +49 2203 601-3876
ALION – Ion beam expertise for industry
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
The HZDR’s Ion Beam Center is one of the leading facilities of its kind in the world. It is thus increasingly being approached by industrial companies and asked to take on production tasks. Since no other external providers on the market are able to provide services of the scope required, the spin-off is being set up to perform ion implantations. Ion implantations improve the performance of power semiconductor devices by allowing targeted manipulation of the material properties of surfaces.
Founders: Prof. Andreas Kolitsch and team
For more information contact Christine Bohnet at the press office: c.bohnet@hzdr.de; Tel.: +49 351 260-2450
onemicron laser – high-pulse-power diode-pumped ultrashort pulse laser
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
The goal of this spin-off project is to develop and market high-performance laser systems, in particular ultrashort pulse lasers (USP lasers). For clients in science and industry it will produce innovative diode-pumped solid-state disc lasers that can efficiently emit ultrashort pulses and amplify them to very high pulse energies. Conventional disc lasers can currently only emit medium pulse energies.
Founders: Dr Mathias Siebold, Markus Löser (Dipl. Phys.)
For more information contact Christine Bohnet at the press office: c.bohnet@hzdr.de; Tel.: +49 351 260-2450
SiMoNa – extensive materials analysis at molecular level
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
KIT spin-off SiMoNa provides adapted simulator solutions in the form of services and licences for clients in the chemicals and organic electronics industries. The key element of this is the modelling of complex material systems at molecular level. By providing a molecular image of the material, SiMoNa makes a decisive contribution towards shortening and optimising the innovation cycle that develops new materials into marketable products.
Founders: Dr Robert Maul, Simon Windmaier (Dipl.-Ing.)
For more information contact Monika Landgraf at the press office, monika.landgraf@kit.edu; Tel.: +49 721 608-48126

The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science and the economy with top scientific achievements in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Structure of Matter, Aeronautics, Space and Transport. With over 31,000 employees in 17 research centres and an annual budget of approximately €3.3 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation. Its work follows in the tradition of the great natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).

Contacts for the Media:

Thomas Gazlig
Head of Communications and Media Relations
Berlin Office
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2
10178 Berlin
Tel./Fax: 030 206 329-57/60
presse@helmholtz.de
Janine Tychsen
Press Officer
Tel.: 030 206329-24
janine.tychsen@helmholtz.de

Thomas Gazlig | idw
Further information:
http://www.helmholtz.de

More articles from Awards Funding:

nachricht The quest for the oldest ice on Earth
14.11.2016 | Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung

nachricht Empa Innovation Award for new flame retardant
09.11.2016 | Empa - Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt

All articles from Awards Funding >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

Im Focus: Molecules change shape when wet

Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water

In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...

Im Focus: Fraunhofer ISE Develops Highly Compact, High Frequency DC/DC Converter for Aviation

The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses

02.12.2016 | Medical Engineering

Plasma-zapping process could yield trans fat-free soybean oil product

02.12.2016 | Agricultural and Forestry Science

What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?

02.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>