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Projects and references

Highlights of research and development activities at Carinthian Tech Research AG. Due to data security you can only find a short selection: 

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Project UltimateGaN

The UltimateGaN project focuses on the next generation GaN technology particularly addressing major objectives along and across the entire vertical value chain of power and radio frequency (RF) electronics.

Project Power2Power

The project Power2Power will enable innovations and create opportunities from possible disruptions by providing cost-effective high-power electronics components.

Project ShredIT4.0

The overall goal of the ShredIT4.0 project is to optimize the operation of industrial shredders to reduce production costs and increase throughput.

Project QSense4Life

Forward-looking quantum sensorics project for life science and consumer applications.

Project Next-Pro-Foil

Novel Extrusion Processes for Next Generation Light Management Films.


The OLEDSOLAR project is about developing innovative manufacturing processes for critical steps in the production of opto-electronic devices including OLEds, OPVs and CIGs solar cells.

Project Lightwight 4.0

Future-oriented lightweight construction combined with integrated sensors and efficient process analysis are in the focus of this research project.


The aim of the "SILENSE" project is to combine voice and gesture control and to improve the interaction between humans and machines.

Project RETINA

The RETINA project brings together Austrian and Slovenian research institutions from the field of materials science. Central network access is intended to benefit companies in the border region in particular.

Project EFiPaS

"EFiPas" aims to create a "system on chip" solution with a fundamentally new measuring principle, which can be integrated into smartphones or "wearables". This should enable a measurement of solid aerosols in the air, especially fine dust, at any time and any place.


Austrian lead project “Sustainable Photovoltaics - PVRe²” is researching targeted and sustainable recycling and advanced material development.

Project BI-FACE

The project BI-FACE aims to develop technically as well as economically novel bifacial PV systems to exploit the enormous potential of this technology.

Magnetic Multi Media Interface

In this project, a novel magnetic map has led to the development of a 4-axis multimedia control element based on magnetic sensors thus replacing state-of-the-art systems based on three optical encoders. The map was successfully tested, improved and integrated into a mass demonstrator aiming for a highly functional future prototype.

Raman Micro-Spectrometry in Semiconductor Manufacturing

Raman micro-spectrometry enables a precise measurement of mechanical stresses in semiconductor materials in a contact-free process, as well as the detection and quantification of changes in the material’s structure itself. The results of the joint COMET efforts provide a valuable tool for manufacturing optimization and quality control.

Analysis of active substances on cellular level

New possibilities in drug development and drug discovery: A detection platform developed by the CTR can check a few hundred substances on its effect in the cell in just a few minutes and provides information on the behavior of cells.

Exact wireless intracranial pressure monitoring

Wired probes carry a very high risk of infection and slow down the healing process. A specially developed wireless sensor can monitor the pressure in the brain without leads, enabling the patient to recover better and faster.

High-Power Laser Ignition System

The researchers suceeded in more than double the pulse energy of an ultra-compact and –robust solid state laser, 30 mJ to 65 mJ. The laser system foreseen for use as a laser igniter for rocket engines will be integrated into a system prototype for real-world engine tests. The new technical possibilities resulting from this research will enable reliable and efficient laser ignition of various fuel mixtures even under less-than-ideal application conditions. 

Smart baking tray

New sensor development for better baking results: The specially developed SAW sensors enable wireless measurements at extreme temperatures and provide pressure information during the baking process.

FEM simulation of micro-acoustic devices

Microacoustic devices are core signal processing components in every cellphone (SAW RF Filters) and are used to accurately sense temperature and deformations in harsh environment. The simulation tool allows a fully compute of properties of a whole range of microacoustic devices.

Recycling glass

Raman imaging: attractive, alternative technique for sorting glass: During this project, we turned Raman spectroscopy, which was purely a laboratory technique, into one suitable for industry in several steps.

Identification in car paint shops

Identification in car paint shops Body identification in paint shops using SAW technology

Smart photovoltaic modules

Further developing photovoltaics: IPOT is a project devoted to developing new, forward-looking technologies for the photovoltaic industry with partners in the entire value chain.

Smart socket

Electronic development for the future and further development of smart cities: The development of a smart charger for electric vehicles has meant that the socket has also become smart. With a smartphone, vehicles can for example be charged automatically.

Laser for high-tech headlights

Headlights can be turned into a high-tech light source with laser technology. Together with OSRAM, the market leader in automotive lighting, CTR is researching into a light source unit for automotive laser lights.

Laser ignition for engines

Revolution with laser spark plug: The design and development of a laser that ignites the fuel mixture means that it can replace conventional spark plugs.

Lightsheet microscope system

Development of a Scanner module for lightsheet microscope system ZEISS's new light sheet microscope enables researchers toexamine the life of organisms three dimensionally. The microcomponents for it were developed by Fraunhofer IPMS and CTR.

Light beam replaces expensive analysis

NIR photospectrometer as a fast and cost-effectice technology analyser: CTR experts developed the basis for Apo-Ident. Users can replace costly individual chemical analysis with a beam of light as it were. At the core of the Apo-Ident is an MEMS chip.

MEMS switch for gaming chips

Research and integration of an MEMS switch enable advances in this new gambling idea: Miniaturisation and the improvements in RFID chips for casinos make them more practical for players and increase chances of market success for the company.

MOEMS 1D scanner module

Integration of microsystem components (MOEMS) in the target application: The specially designed one-dimensional MOEMS scanner can greatly simplify and therefore speed up application development of MOEMS-based systems.

Optical technologies for consumer lifestyle products

Lifestyle with high tech: Together with CTR researchers, Philips developed its light-based hair removal device further so that it now automatically detects changes in the skin.

Optical quality control for automotive filters

Image-processing inspection system for process control in the production of filters: Selection and configuration of hard- and software, interface definition between process control system and camera, design of application specific software and user interface, implementation of the imaging system into the production process

Quality control for PVC films

Optical systems support quality control: An automatic inspection system detects tiny holes and cracks in separators, which can then be rejected.

Spin process simulation

CFD for flow simulation: Support in further product developments for etching and cleaning wafers.

Flow sensor

CFD for flow simulation: Characterisation of a sensor in relation to air flow and heat transmission.

Terahertz meets photovoltaics

The combination of two key technologies: Terahertz radiation will pave the way for new developments in the photovoltaic industry.


The research project OPtima wants to improve the production of plastic components for semiconductor machines.


The project INFINITY has the goal to adapt the photovoltaic system to different climatic and regional requirements. The holistic approach includes research along the entire value chain, beginning with materials, components, modules and the holistic pv-system.

Smart City

Villach wants to be a "Smart City" by addressing upcoming urban electricity challenges in a holistic way - from a technological, economical and socio-ecological perspective.


PV@Fassade researchers are currently designing building-integrated photovoltaics that are both efficient and aesthetically pleasing.


The OptiSens project focuses on research into smart printed sensors that can be used for in-situ analysis of impedance, temperature and protons in wood composites. A Linz-based company, Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH, is in charge of the project.


The terahertz probing of photovoltaic substrates (TIPS) project uses terahertz radiation as a new tool in photovoltaics, for more accurate quality control and as a non-destructive test method.


EVAnetz targets the conception and subsequent experimental validation of a non-destructive, inline-capable analysis method for determining the degree of crosslinking of the elasto¬meric ethylene/vinyl acetate encapsulants in PV modules.

HT SAW Gassensor

The High-Temperature SAW gas sensor project is aimed at developing a miniaturised sensor for detecting exhaust gas. Integrated in the exhaust gas flow, it will be designed to monitor and minimise emissions.


InnoModu reseachers are working on the next generation of photovoltaic cells and modules.

Smart Energy

The cooperative project "Smart Energy" fosters nationawide collaboration from Italy and Austria in the area of energy technologies.


The MEMFIS project (ultrasmall MEMS FTIR spectrometer) has set itself the target of making the analysis of substances mobile, reliable and suitable for industrial processes. Microsystems technology enables testing on site in real time.


The purpose of the SAWHOT project (Surface Acoustic Wave wireless sensors for High Operating Temperature environments) is to improve the performance of wireless SAW sensors at extreme temperatures.


The objective of the TACO project (three-dimensional adaptive camera with object detection and foveation) is to improve robots’ sensing systems and help them to interact with their environment in a more natural way.


Europe has core competencies in power semiconductor technologies directly impacting everyday life in applications like eco-friendly solar power generation, extended range automotive mobility, lower power consumption in illumination or smarter and more powerful medical-diagnostic appliances.


The ENIAC JU project EPT300 aims to develop and implement technology to achieve full-scale production of power devices on 300mm wafers. This will place European fabs at the forefront of power semiconductor manufacturing worldwide.

Power Base

The energy consumption of power supplies and battery chargers in smartphones, laptops, solar modules and many other applications can be significantly reduced by using intelligent and cost-effective power electronics on the basis of optimized semiconductor materials. The project power base is researching on energy saving electronics for the future.


The project, named IoSense is derived from the “ Internet of Sensors”. The focus lies in the development and implementation of cost-effective production lines for sensors and sensor systems needed for the Internet of Things (IoT). The project, leaded by Infineon Technologies Dresden, is one of the most important European pilot line projects.

Project OptPV4.0

The research project OptPV4.0 aims to optimize the operations and maintenance procedures of photovoltaic power plants in order to improve and secure their energy yield and thus their economic viability.

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