Press Release 22/2007

HEPHAISTOS – Microwaves Forge Materials

Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe Opens Industrial Test Center with the Largest Microwave Process Facility Worldwide

Microwaves are applied in research, industry, and households. The Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology (IHM) of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe is presently establishing a microwave test center that accommodates among others the world’s largest microwave process facility. It has a volume that corresponds to roundabout 500 household microwaves and is walkable. Here, carbon fiber-reinforced lightweight composite structures are being developed for e.g. airplane and vehicle construction.

Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost
Press Officer

Kaiserstraße 12
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 721/608-2089
Fax: +49 (0) 721/608-3658

For details, please contact
Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
Public Relations and Marketing Department
Inge Arnold

Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 7247 82-2861
Fax: +49 7247 82-5080

On the occasion of the opening of the HEPHAISTOS test center and the new microwave process facility HEPHAISTOS-CA3 on

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, from 12.30 hrs at the
IHM (building No. 631) of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany,

we would like to cordially invite you to a symposium.

Apart from high-ranking representatives from industry and science, Heinz Fenrich, lord mayor of the city of Karlsruhe, and Dr. Peter Fritz, Member of the Executive Board of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, will take part. A program of the event is enclosed.

Prior to it, representatives of the media may be given the opportunity to make interviews or films in the morning of November 28.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) represents the merger of the Universität Karlsruhe with the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. Altogether, it has 8000 employees and an annual budget of 600 million Euros. In the KIT, both partners are bundling their scientific competences and capacities, establishing optimum research structures, and developing joint strategies and visions.

The KIT will be an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. KIT shall attract the best experts from all over the world, set new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists, and establish the leading European center in the field of energy research. KIT will assume a leading role in nanosciences worldwide. It is the objective of KIT to be one of the most important cooperation partners of industry.

jh, November 20, 2007


Monika Landgraf
Head of Corporate Communications, Chief Press Officer
Phone: +49 721 608-41150
Fax: +49 721 608-43658
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Contact for this press release:

Inge Arnold
Presse, Kommunikation und Marketing (PKM)
Phone: +49 721 608-22861
Fax: +49 721 608-25080
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