The main goal of the Cluster of Innovation "AdaM" is to implement new turbomachinery concepts and component designs in order to considerably increase the efficiency of energy conversion: to measurably reduce CO2 emissions and sustainably preserve natural resources. For the first time, the resource efficiency will be assessed over the entire product life-cycle of the product in question – from the manufacture, via the operation to maintenance, repair and overhaul. The cluster will be examining steam and gas turbines for the power plant industry, small gas turbines for decentralized power-heat coupling, gas turbines for airplane turbine engines as well as turbochargers for modern automobile motors.
Up until today, traditional manufacturing methods have limited implementing new turbomachinery concepts or designs cost effectively. This cluster of innovation shall focus on, therefore, guaranteeing the feasibility and competitiveness of products by optimizing manufacturing technologies. Based on a continuous process chain, conventional and laser-based subtractive processes will be developed, such as milling and laser ablation as well as additive manufacturing such as Selective Laser Melting (SLM) and Laser Metal Deposition (LMD). The participating project partners aim to open up markets in the future and secure employment in the high-wage country of Germany.
The Cluster of Innovation "Adaptive Production of Resource Efficiency in Energy Generation and Mobility - AdaM" – is one of 23 clusters of innovation that the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is currently conducting across Germany. Through its networks, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is selectively promoting fields of technology that exhibit a high potential for innovation. "AdaM" has a running time of three years with a total budget of €10 million. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, as well as industry partners are financing the project. Both the Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology IPT and for Laser Technology ILT are cooperating with 21 partners from the industry, thus forming a strong alliance.