Since its foundation in 1928, research and development projects on industrial electrothermal process technology have been carried out at the Institute of Electrotechnology at Leibniz Universität Hannover (formerly the Institute of Electrowarmth). Through numerous innovative and forward-looking contributions, the Institute has developed over the years into a nationally and internationally recognised research institution. Today essential parts of the relevant research and development tasks carried out in Germany are concentrated at the Institute of Electrotechnology.

The work focuses on the electromagnetic processing of materials, including the treatment of non-linear electrothermal systems and their optimization. Many of the projects are carried out in close cooperation with partners from industry and research institutions. The field of activity ranges from application-oriented basic research to industry-oriented development, including studies on rational, resource-saving energy use in industry.

The institute has a wide range of long-standing contacts to European university research institutions, which enable interdisciplinary, national and international cooperation.

At the institute work under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nacke and Prof. Dr.-Ing. E. Baake currently 15 employees are working at the institute. The extensive technical equipment includes test facilities, laboratory equipment, modern measurement technology as well as powerful computers with appropriate software. The institute has its own workshop.

In the field of electrical process technology, inductive heating and melting is currently the main focus of research and development activities. In addition to the classic ferrous and non-ferrous metals, in recent years the focus of interest has increasingly shifted to materials for high-tech applications, such as semiconductor silicon, titanium aluminides or refractory oxides.

In the field of resource-conserving and environmentally compatible energy use, studies are being carried out on the rational use of energy, also with regard to the primary energy and climate-relevant effects of the use of various energy sources. The analysis and reduction of stray electromagnetic fields in the vicinity of induction plants is another field of work. The thermal analysis as well as the management of the energy demand of buildings are also part of this area.

In addition to its research and development activities, the institute offers consulting and services for companies and public authorities in all the above-mentioned fields of work. Among other things, the consulting serves the transfer of know-how in technological questions and in projects with the aim of a more rational use of energy. The services include the use of EMC measuring equipment for the investigation of workplace pollution and the application of modern infrared measuring systems for thermographic investigations.

The institute holds an annual seminar on electrical process technology. Here the participants are informed about the latest state of the art in electro process heat in the whole range of available technologies. These seminars are mainly addressed to employees of electricity supply companies and to companies which produce or operate heat engineering plants.

We are at your disposal for further information about our activities, for an exchange of ideas about possible joint activities and for an advisory discussion. Please do not hesitate to contact us.


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