Styria is consolidating its position as the Number 1 “competence” location in Austria!
Congratulating the consortia on their successful proposal applications, Dr. Christian Buchmann said that: “Styria is now involved in 25 of the 44 competence centres in Austria, and 19 of these centres have their headquarters in Styria. Styria, therefore continues to consolidate its position as the Number 1 research location in Austria.”.
The competence centres have become a Styrian success story: This federal government program, which serves to strengthen cooperation between science and business, has been in place since 1998. “Through close cooperation between business and science it is possible to rapidly develop innovation in products, processes and services. This strengthens Styria and makes it attractive to international companies and top researchers,” notes Dr. Buchmann. The Styrian economic and scientific landscape is an excellent example of the COMET program.
Within the scope of the latest call for proposals for K projects by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), eight projects have been approved. Six of these have their headquarters in Styria, and Styria is also involved in one other project:
- SafeBattery Graz: Investigation into the long-term behaviour of batteries in electric vehicles taking into account crash loads and battery ageing.
- PolyTherm Leoben: Simulation of the temperature distribution in power electronics systems and the improvement of thermo-mechanical properties.
- ReWaste 4.0 Leoben: Industry 4.0 approaches for waste management. The focus in particular lies in networked recycling processes.
- WoodCar Weiz: Development of principles for the use of timber as a light weight construction material in vehicle construction.
- DeSSnet Graz: Data collection with the aid of highly developed wireless sensor networks. This will allow the network to be made more energy-efficient and the producers of chips and sensors to develop their technology further.
- CC FLOW Graz: Strengthening of the expertise in the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients.
- FLIPPR² Carinthia (with Styrian participation): Extraction of naturally based raw materials and by-products of the paper and pulp industry.
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