Eva Pisselhoy
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Wendelstein 7-X and fusion

How can industrial companies benefit from fusion research contracts?


Fusion energy - Moving Forward

Spin-off benefits from Fusion R&D

Ed.: European Commission, 2003

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Technology transfer at IPP

Like all Max Planck Institutes, IPP conducts scientific research freely and independently: All results are subject to publication. Goal is to transfere the know-how gained at IPP into industrial application.

Technology transfer to industry is done in different ways:

  • direct cooperation with partners in industry
  • exploitation of patents and licences

An efficient way of transferring know-how gained at IPP for industrial application is the award of study and production contracts for the manufacture of components suitable for power plants: This already allows industrial companies involved in construction of present fusion experiments to acquire the special know-how beyond the state of the art that will be required for building a future power plant. The exchange of information exceeds the specific scope of the particular contract and acts as a fruitful stimulus for further collaboration. Areas particularly concerned are magnetic filed technology, control technology and data processing, high-frequency technology, and high-temperature and high-load materials technology.

The new competences gained allow industrial companies to expand their business areas and enhance their competitiveness.

Licences available:

Since 1984 IPP's patent department has supervised about 950 domestic and foreign patents. Presently, seven patents are licensed. They are exploited in conjunction with "Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH", a company belonging to the Max Planck Society.

  • Multiple UHV duct for blanket thermocouples
  • System synchronisation
  • Method of attenuating a torsional vibration in a rotating drive shaft
  • Method of exciting a torsional vibration in a rotating drive shaft
  • Spacer with extremely low thermal conductivity

Products/technology offered

  • SIMNRA program for the simulation of backscattering spectra for ion beam analysis

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