Opole University of Technology is expanding the Fraunhofer Design Center for Advanced Light Technologies. The value of the entire project is PLN 8,5 million, of which PLN 6,3 million will be EU subsidies.

According to the press office of the Opole marshal's office, as part of the Regional Operational Program, the local government will provide the Opole University of Technology with support in the amount of PLN 6,3 million for the construction of a modern Fraunhofer Design Center for Advanced Light Technologies.

The new university research and development unit will conduct research both in terms of science and education, as well as for the needs of industry. To this end, i.a. aging chambers and microscopes allowing the testing of the consumption of various types of materials under controlled conditions. Particular attention scientists want to devote to the technologies of light materials used, among others in the automotive and aviation industry.

Anna Król from the Center of Advanced Light Technologies emphasizes that this is a requirement of contemporary trends related to environmental protection.

“The industry is currently geared towards hybrid and composite materials. In one product we have a combination of plastics, metals and fibers. We need to know how they affect our environment. In the center, we will learn about their properties, ”explains Król.

According to university plans, it will take a maximum of two years to complete the equipment and expand the university’s laboratories.

PAP - Science in Poland, Marek Szczepanik

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