November 26, 2015

Innovation Award for Fraunhofer HHI Scientists

The Goslar-located research group around Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schade, Anna Lena Baumann, Philip Gühlke and Christian Waltermann won this year’s Innovation Award by the city administration of Göttingen, in the category “founders and start-up entrepreneurs”. They prevailed against around 100 competitors with the project “FiberLab”. The award includes prize money of 3.000 Euro.

The development of a 3D-sensor-fibre optic, which captures temperature, power, pressure and its own form, was funded by founders’ initiative Photonik Inkubator with 1.25 million euros. It is considered unique worldwide and useful in many application areas. The sensors can be used in the field of medical technologies to control medical devices during operations or for the insertion and monitoring of implants. It’s also applicable for motion detection, rehabilitation or virtual realities.

The department for fiber optical sensor systems of Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is located at the energy campus in Goslar, close to the Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen and the Clausthal University of Technology.