KIT possesses an outstanding research infrastructure, from modern laboratory equipment to high-performance computing systems to globally visible large-scale facilities. The large-scale facilities at KIT open up new research horizons, are drivers of technological development, and offer users unique experimentation options. Some examples:
- KATRIN Large-scale Experiment
KATRIN (KArlsruhe TRitium Neutrino Experiment), the most precise scales in the world, is to determine the exact mass of the smallest particle of matter, the neutrino.
- Grid Computing Centre Karlsruhe (GridKa)
To process and evaluate the big data volumes of the largest particle accelerator worldwide, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Research Center CERN, scientists have established a global network of computers. As one of eleven main node points in the world, the Grid Computing Centre Karlsruhe (GridKa) based at KIT is involved in the storage and analysis of data.
- Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF)
Being a distributed large-scale facility of the Helmholtz Association, the KNMF high-technology platform gives users access to technologies for the structurization and characterization of a number of functional materials on the micro- and nanoscale.
- Karlsruhe Research Accelerator (KARA)
At the KARA electron storage ring, new beam source and accelerator technologies as well as new detectors are developed and tested.
- Solar Power Storage Park
The Solar Power Storage Park is used to test new technologies for the energy transition. Here, solar cells, batteries, and power inverters are applied to store solar power and to make it available any time.
- AIDA Test Facility
At the AIDA (Aerosol Interaction and Dynamics in the Atmosphere) large-scale facility, impacts of aerosols on the climate, weather, and the environment are studied.
- Bioliq Pilot Plant
By means of the KIT-developed bioliq® process, fully synthetic diesel or Otto fuel can be produced from straw and other agricultural and forestry residues.
- Test Area for Automated Driving
On the test area, companies and research institutions can test in everyday road traffic promising technologies and services for networked and automated driving.
- District Future – Urban Lab
Under the aegis of KIT, the “Transformation Center for Sustainable Futures and Cultural Change” (KAT) will be established in Karlsruhe in the next two years. In close dialog with citizens and other actors in society, potential options of transition to a sustainable way of life and business will be developed, studied, and tested.
- Karlsruhe Tritium Laboratory
The Karlsruhe Tritium Laboratory is equipped with extensive infrastructure and experimental facilities for the handling and safe enclosure of the radioactive hydrogen isotope tritium.