PZH | More efficient and sustainable production of large-scale components for use in wind turbines, aircraft and ships – this is the research topic of SCALE, the new research centre of Leibniz Universität Hannover. Björn Thümler, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Science and Culture took part in the ground-breaking ceremony.
The new research building will be established in the neighbourhood of the Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH). Its completion is planned for 2022. The building and the large-scale equipment will cost a total of around 49.6 million euros, funded in equal shares by the Land Lower Saxony and the Federal Government.
Eleven large-scale facilities, among them a mobile servo press, assembly and production platforms, two additive production systems, indoor laser GPS and a multi-axis dynamic load test bench, will be installed on a usable area of approx. 7,000 square metres. A central hall with a height of ten metres and laboratory areas allow the handling of large-format components. So far, the production of large-scale components is limited by the size of the machines used. Larger component sizes thus require completely new production concepts and machines.
On the occasion of the breaking-ground ceremony, Lower Saxony's Minister of Science and Culture Björn Thümler said: "The university competencies in the field of scalable production will be concentrated in the research centre SCALE, thus enhancing Lower Saxony's profile as a science location considerably."