Research Infrastructures

Aerial view of the Energy Lab 2.0 KIT
Energy Lab 2.0
Hauptspektrometertank des Großexperiments KATRIN KIT
KArlsruhe TRItium Neutrino experiment
Computer room of the Grid Computing Centre Karlsruhe (GridKa)
Grid Computing Centre Karlsruhe (GridKa)
AIDA Test Facility KIT
AIDA Test Facility
bioliq pilot plant
Bioliq Pilot Plant

KIT possesses outstanding research infrastructures, 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:

  • Energy Lab 2.0
    With the Energy Lab 2.0, a large-scale real-world laboratory has been established on the KIT Campus North, in which the flexible interaction of different energy carriers is simulated realistically. For this purpose, a plant network links electrical, thermal, and chemical energy flows as well as new information and communication technologies.
  • 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. Neutrinos play an important role in studies of the origin of matter and in the development of visible structures in the universe.
  • 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. Particle accelerators enable deep insight into the structure of matter, for example, synchrotron radiation may be used for non-destructive examinations of biological structures and materials.
  • 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 in a multi-stage procedure. In the pilot plant, the entire process chain is tested and optimized for the large industrial scale.
  • European Zebrafish Resource Center
    Zebrafish share most organ systems with humans. This makes them ideal model organisms to study the causes of human diseases like cancer or heart diseases. For this purpose, research needs a variety of zebrafish lines. With the European Zebrafish Resource Center, the KIT provides a central repository for such lines in Europe.
  • 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) has been established in Karlsruhe. 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.