Helmholtz facilitates new spin-offs
The Helmholtz Association is providing up to €130,000 of funding for each of four new spin-off proposals by Helmholtz researchers. Among them is also the planned spin-of Class 5 Photonics of Helmholtz-Institute Jena, a subdivision of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, and of Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY). Class 5 Photonics will be located on the DESY campus as a high-tech company. It will develop and market OPCPA laser amplifiers with record average power and pulse duration. The spin-off will provide commercial solutions for femto-second lasers with innovative amplifier technology for the first time. The laser provides new levels in average power and short pulse duration, achieving a ten-fold increase in process speed. It also enables the miniaturisation of high-brilliance x-ray sources. In May 2014 Class 5 Photonics won the first place in the OptecNet Start-up Challenge endowed with 10,000 Euro.
Further funded projects are "ELiSE – Marine plankton provide models for light structure engineering" of the Alfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI), "Commercializing DESY detectors – commercial distribution of technologically advanced X-ray cameras" of DESY and "Sunbelt Energy Technologies – solar tower system with integrated energy storage system for the production of electricity and heat for industrial high-temperature processes" of Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR). This brings the total number of Helmholtz centre spin-offs funded by the Association through its Initiative and Networking Fund to 86 since 2005. The Helmholtz Enterprise funding programme supports spin-offs during the critical start-up phase, helping research findings to be applied rapidly for the benefit of society and the economy.