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SAL Science & Stories No. 5 / December 2019
  1. Tiny Power Box project scores with industry participation & applicability
  2. Kick-Off for new H2020 project
  3. SAL starts new research project with voestalpine
  4. Project call for cooperative research: Characterizing Magnetic Components
  5. Project call for cooperative research: Safe, wireless time-sensitive networks for time and mission critical communication in industry application
  6. Dr. Gerald Murauer appointed as designated Executive Director of SAL
  7. Martin Lenzhofer wins Best Paper Award
  8. Last but not least... SAL wishes you all a merry christmas!

„A number of cooperative projects with the industry and scientific partners have been signed recently or are ready to be signed soon, altogether appr. 16 Mio. € of project volume with a runtime of 2 – 3 years.

We can still accomodate additional projects inside the frame of our research program to fill our available capacity in 2020. Ideas are welcome and project calls will be published, preferably with more partners along the value chain.”
Tiny Power Box project scores with industry participation & applicability 
The cooperative project "Tiny Power Box" – a research collaboration between Silicon Austria Labs and five leading Austrian companies in the field of power electronics, was launched recently. The broad participation of industry and the applicability of the expected research results in different sectors shows the importance of large-scale cross-industry research projects for Austrian innovative power. In addition to SAL, the project partners include Fronius International GmbH, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG, AVL List GmbH and TDK Electronics AG.

Thanks to the cooperative research model offered by SAL, the industrial partners can combine their competences in order to "create an unprecedented innovative power that would not be possible without the pooling of competences and know-how", Dr. Rudolf Krall, Head of Research Division Power Electronics, says about the ambitious project.

The focus of the project lies on optimizing the power density of built-in chargers in electric cars, so-called onboard chargers. The result: lower weight, fewer components and space consumption with high efficiency for fast charging and at the same time higher environmental compatibility.

Kick-Off for new H2020 project
On December 1st, the kick-off for the new H2020 project "Hydroptics" took place.

The EU is the second largest producer of petroleum products in the world after the United States, with a crude refining capacity of about 15 million barrels per day, representing 16% of total global capacity. Technology for oil production needs to be constantly refined and improved for competitive oil production in Europe as well as by European companies overseas, considering 1) a reduced oil content in oil fields that are in exploitation for already a prolonged time, and 2) being capable of economically successful exploration of new oil fields with reduced oil content.

The H2020 ICT project HYDROPTICS aims to develop a sensor platform, which performs a wide range of monitoring activities based on photonic sensors, and then uses these data to optimise the industrial processes in oil extraction & refining. 10 partners from industry and science along the value chain will work in this challenging project starting from 1.1.2020 for three years together. SAL will focus on sensor development for in water particle detection using hyperspectral imaging technology.

SAL starts new research project with voestalpine
With the new project "Visual Inspection of Quality Control", SAL collaborates with voestalpine Stahl GmbH again. The project relies on the use of data-based algorithms for quality control in industrial production and shows how  machine learning  & artificial intelligence can significantly improve production and control processes under real-world conditions.

In the newly launched project, research approaches that have long since gained notoriety under the collective term "Smart Factory" are made more widely applicable by focusing on real-time capability. "Since the launch of our first joint project just over a year ago, the voestalpine has proven to be the perfect partner to transform the latest research results into innovations that bring decisive benefits even under real conditions," Dr. Thomas Lüftner, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at SAL, is excited about the collaboration.

Project call for cooperative research: Characterizing Magnetic Components

Project objectives: The goal of the project is to char­ac­terize and model ferrite foils for wire­less power transfer systems at  13.56MHz. This knowl­edge allows a simpli­fied design process and shorter devel­op­ment times.

Partner call open until: 30.12.2019

Start of the project: Q1 2020

Contact: contact@silicon-austria.com

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Project call for cooperative research: Safe, wireless time-sensitive networks for time and mission critical communication in industry application
Project objectives: We explore concepts to replace wired networks for the commu­ni­ca­tion of time- and secu­rity-crit­ical messages by wire­less connec­tions in indus­trial appli­ca­tions.

Partner call open until: End of January 2020

Start of the project: Q4 2019

Contact: contact@silicon-austria.com

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Dr. Gerald Murauer appointed as designated Executive Director of SAL

During the General Assembly on December 4th, Dr. Gerald Murauer was appointed as designated Executive Director of SAL.

After studying and doing his doctorate at TU Wien, Dr. Murauer worked for Boston Consulting Group, Wiener Wissenschafts- und Technologiefonds (WWTF), Science and Technology Austria, Siemens AG and Schulmeister Technology. He is originally from Upper Austria, married and has two children. 

Gerald Murauer is taking over his duties from Werner Luschnig on April 1st, 2020.


Martin Lenzhofer wins Best Paper Award
Dipl.Ing. (FH) Martin Lenzhofer, Senior Scientist in Sensor Systems at SAL, won a Best Paper Award at the SENSORDEVICES 2019 conference in Nice, France, for his paper "Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting Circuit for Variable Temperature Gradients".

In this paper, a thermoelectric energy harvesting circuit that starts up at very low input voltages and harvests the very little energy of a variable temperature gradient is presented. It is based on a commercially available step-up converter Integrated Circuit (IC), with an adopted wiring scheme and some additional components to guarantee a stable operation for a sensor unit over a certain time.

Last but not least... SAL wishes you all a merry christmas!
As this is our last "SAL Science & Stories" newsletter in 2019, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year. We are looking forward to providing you with more news about our exciting projects and achievements in 2020. Let's unfold the future together!

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