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DFG establishes 9 new research units
Date:2/11/2011

Micro- and Nanosystems"] Research Unit. The researchers involved aim to use their research to advance considerably beyond the microsystems currently available on the market. These are based mainly on silicone microtechnologies from older process generations. Doing so involves further miniaturising the components, incorporating nanotechnologies in manufacturing and using new materials. Doing so will, on the one hand, enable more functions to be integrated into a single component. It will also enable this component to provide new and considerably improved functionality. The smart systems created in this way will be even better at describing and evaluating situations, making anticipatory decisions and communicating with their environments.

(Coordinating University: Chemnitz University of Technology; Coordinator: Professor Thomas Gener)

Electrical energy transmission networks link power stations across entire continents, provide electricity to customers, and serve as marketplaces and integration platforms for renewable energies. The demands on these networks are becoming increasingly complex and so, too, are their control, monitoring and protection requirements. A new Research Unit now aims to develop new protection and control systems for maximum-voltage transmission networks, which span multiple continents. This process involves performing research into new protection and control algorithms designed, for example, to optimise system monitoring, improve reactions to short-term overloads, and make major outages easier to prevent. The Unit will also carry out research into powerful communication networks and strategies with the aim of developing real-time-capable information and communications technology. The combination of these two focus areas is intended to make electrical energy transmission systems even more reliable and secure.

(Coordinating University: The Technical University of Dortmund, Coordinator: Professor Christian Rehtanz)

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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Source:Eurekalert

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