Since the start of construction work in 2019, a research and development environment for over 80 employees has been created on a total area of 1700 m². The investment volume of about 17 million euros is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the state of Saarland.
In now 50 years of steady progress in the field of applied research and development, Fraunhofer IZFP reached the limits of its structural capacities several times. The new construction and renovation project for the further structural development of Fraunhofer IZFP, which began in 2019, will consistently advance the institute's transformation into a research facility for cognitive sensor systems that are used in value chains and life cycles of materials and products. Final completion of the new building and renovation is scheduled for the end of 2023.
The understanding of technical testing and sensor physics is complemented at the institute by technologies and concepts from AI research, which are used to develop sensor systems for the NDT of tomorrow. In addition to pure production processes, R&D activities focus equally on processes from materials and product development, maintenance, repair and recycling of materials.
In addition, the institute's work is incorporated into the newly founded Fraunhofer Center for Sensor Intelligence ZSI, which is operated jointly by the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP. The new construction and expansion measure will also create the structural prerequisites for this.