The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct for use by private and public enterprise and of benefit to society working on projects with applied research and demonstration activities for industrial applications, amongst others. At present, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains roughly 80 research units, including 58 Fraunhofer Institutes, at over 40 different locations in Germany.
The focus of the Fraunhofer IKTS Dresden is the development of advanced materials, technologies and components concerning inorganic non-metallic material systems. The institute introduces applied basic research and aims at realizing new concepts in materials science in the application-oriented areas of ceramic technologies, structural ceramics, functional ceramics, and hard metals/ materials focused products and process innovation. For this purpose, IKTS has more than 100 equipped laboratories and pilot plants with a total useable floor space of more than 9200 m². About 400 chemists, physicists, and materials scientists work together. Qualified research engineers and technicians accompany all development work.
In current projects, IKTS cooperate with more than 250 national and international partners. Based on solid knowledge of advanced ceramic materials, development work spans the entire value chain, extending to prototype production.
In the Competitive Solar Power Towers project, Fraunhofer IKTS is responsible for:
- Development of optimized cellular ceramic materials and components for receiver unit
- Identification of cellular ceramic components for regenerative heat exchanger
- Simulation support regarding behavior and design of ceramic components (receiver)