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HANNOVER MESSE 2009, 20 to 24 April Focus on research

24.02.2009: Every crisis holds opportunities. That this is more than just a platitude will be clear to see at HANNOVER MESSE 2009 - and no more so than at the Research & Technology show in Hall 2. Demand for exhibition space at Research & Technology - especially from

 Thinking about tomorrow, today

    * Research & Technology in great demand from exhibitors
    * New: VISION 2050 project in Hall 2
    * Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to cover broad range of themes at HANNOVER MESSE

Every crisis holds opportunities. That this is more than just a platitude will be clear to see at HANNOVER MESSE 2009 - and no more so than at the Research & Technology show in Hall 2. Demand for exhibition space at Research & Technology - especially from foreign-based companies - has been outstanding. There appears to be widespread consensus that now is the time to conduct research, develop new technologies, and market the results. Big-name newcomers at this year's show include The Technology Partnership from the UK, Centros Teconlógicos de Espana and the Paul Scherrer Institute from Switzerland.

VISION 2050 - Smart ideas for next-generation industry


VISION 2050 is set to be a new visitor magnet at this year's Research & Technology show. Here, research institutions and companies join forces to develop innovative ideas for tomorrow's industrial sector. The themes covered are as wide ranging as 'mobile society 40 years into the future', automotive engines in all areas of life, cogeneration plants for everyman, 'car-to-car' communications, public life, private living and work environments of the future, methane-based energy storage, or 'biological hydrogen'.

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft mounts comprehensive showcase


This year's HANNOVER MESSE will be a particularly special occasion for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. Europe's biggest applied research institute is celebrating its 60th jubilee and will be mounting exhibits in a broad range of theme areas at the fair. Its flagship exhibit, the Fraunhofer Factory, will take pride of place in Hall 2. The showcase, put together by the Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology, will be focusing on the topical issue of resource efficiency in industry.

At the Fraunhofer Adaptronics group pavilion in Hall 2 scientists will show how products with adaptive qualities can be produced more economically by employing new materials. Lowering their cost opens up additional fields of application for such products, for instance in areas where vibration control and low noise emissions are important.

The Fraunhofer exhibit in Hall 13 is all about Energy. At the institute's 'Energy' group pavilion, research scientists will use the prototype of a new biogas plant so show how waste products - such as corn straw residue - can be used to produce energy. Waste products are thus turned into valuable commodities. A further, major theme area deals with the concept of E-energy, also known as the 'energy internet'.

This comprises new technologies such as intelligent power grids that find the shortest connection between producers and consumers of energy, saving on transmission losses; energy storage facilities for wind and solar power, and new modes of electric transportation. New electric transmission and intelligent grid integration technologies are also high on the Fraunhofer scientists' research agenda.

At the 'Fraunhofer Wind Energy Network' group pavilion in Hall 27, wind power will take center stage. Here, plant manufacturers, production, non-destructive testing, and power output simulation specialists work together in interdisciplinary teams on capturing and optimizing the entire lifecycle of a wind turbine - focusing in particular on different testing methods.

In the field of surface technology, research scientists can also boast some spectacular results: At the 'Surface' group pavilion (Gemeinschaftsstand Oberflächen) they will use a car to illustrate the diverse and highly practical applications of the latest surface coating systems. These produce surfaces that are less prone to corrosion, scratch resistant, self-cleaning and non-glaring.

Simulation-based product and process development is this year's focus theme at the Fraunhofer Simulation group exhibit in Hall 17. Today, state-of-the-art supercomputers can simulate new products and production processes in a matter of minutes. The need for real-life tests - such as crash tests - can be reduced to a minimum, saving on costs and radically shortening product development timeframes.

Dresden Technical University - one-stop lightweight solutions


The Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics (ILK) of Dresden Technical University (TU Dresden) will present innovative structural components featuring a high degree of functional integration at this year's HANNOVER MESSE. The ILK's showcase will demonstrate its considerable expertise in developing production-ready lightweight materials made from modern, carbon fiber and textile-reinforced composites.

A key focus of the Institute's work is on developing sustainable, climate-friendly materials, products and technologies. According to its Director, Professor Werner Hufenbach, the Institute's work is particularly relevant to the transport sector, but also to the mechanical engineering sector in general. For instance, the ILK will be presenting highly modular fiber-reinforced solutions for transmission components that are subjected to critical loads.

Dr. André Wejwoda, Coordinator of the TU Dresden's 'Forschung für die Zukunft' (Research for our Future) Initiative: "Dresden Technical University has participated at every HANNOVER MESSE since 1991. For us, the Research & Technology showcase in Hall 2 continues to rank among the most important trade fair events of the year. Our exhibitors particularly value the wide ranging synergies that spring from having 13 leading tradeshows run in parallel 'under one roof'. HANNOVER MESSE is without equal in terms of the number and diversity of quality contacts it is able to generate between science and industry."

A further ILK specialty is the development of resource-saving mass production processes for innovate lightweight materials. Its latest market-ready developments include fully automated hot press technologies for manufacturing highly complex long and endless fiber-reinforced thermoplastic components as well as an innovative braiding technology for producing load-bearing multi-chamber profiles. If made from fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene, such profiles can serve not only as structural components but can also be used for storing energy.

The German Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr. Annette Schavan, will be the official patron of this year's Research & Technology show.

 
- Katja Havemeister-

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24.02.2009 / MaP

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