In the medium and long term, power generation will still be mainly dependent on fossil fuels, since renewables can only cover percentages of today’s electricity demand. This is the reason why it is essential for the automotive, aerospace and energy sectors to develop new emerging concepts that are capable of significant decreases in the emissions and reductions in the fuel consumption.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft announced its new cluster of innovation “AdaM – Adaptive Production for Resource Efficiency in Energy and Mobility”. Together with 21 partners from industry, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology IPT and for Laser Technology ILT will be seeking new technologies and concepts to improve the resource efficiency in the fields of power generation and mobility.
The main aim is to implement new turbomachinery concepts and component designs that enable measurable reductions in CO2 emissions and increases in the efficiency of energy conversion. This will be the first time that resource efficiency is assessed along the entire product life cycle – from manufacture via operation to maintenance, repair, and overhaul.
The cluster “AdaM” will receive a total of 10 million euros of funds over three years; of this, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will be contributing with 2.5 million euros each, with the remaining 5 million euros being the contribution of the industrial partners. AdaM brings together manufacturers of power plant technology and members of the aerospace community, along with suppliers of goods, services and technology from North Rhine-Westphalia and nationwide.