Laboratories & Infrastructure

Modern Infrastructure

In recent years, GPE has invested heavily in the program‘s software and hardware equipment to build a modern computer pool that can support students with the information necessary for successful study. In this context, the student workspace has been equipped with new computers and software for their courses. GPE students have access to the PTC computer pool 24 hours a day. Every student receives an account, a home domain, and an e-mail address. Moreover, students have access to a wireless local area network in most of the buildings at the University for direct internet access. Students are provided with all the software needed to complete relevant homework assignments at the computer pool. Naturally, they can use their own laptops as well. The software consists of standard software as well as special simulation and modeling programs. Test equipment is well represented in the Production Technology Center. The following plants are available for research and measurement:

  • Laser cutting plant,
  • Rapid prototyping,
  • CNC work center,
  • Flexible assembly cell,
  • Flexible dismantling cell,
  • Various robots,
  • High speed cutting (HSC) engines,
  • Virtual reality laboratory,
  • Climate and acoustics laboratory.

Teaching is carried out as much as possible within the framework of practice-oriented exercises in the laboratory. For this, an experimental field of more than 3500 m2 is located at the Production Technology Centre. 

Production Technology Centre

The Technology Center Berlin (PTC) is one of the biggest production technology centers in Germany. The Technology Center Berlin covers the Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF) of Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Plants and Construction Technology (IPK). At the Institute of Machine Tools and Factory Management, the research and teaching programs focus on technology and management in industrial factory businesses today. These range from the development of process technologies and production plants to information technology. Scientists work at the „digitally-integrated factory“ in five departments.

The further growth of both institutes required a new building, which was acquired in 1986. Over 500 employees work in research, teaching, and industrial development here today. The central test field alone comprises 3,850 m2, and the total area at our disposal equipped with the most modern machinery, computers, and software systems comprises a workspace of 15,000 m2. With this infrastructure, PTC is one of Germany’s and the world's most acclaimed research institutions for production technology.

For their work, the architects Gerd Fesel, Peter Bayerer, Hans-Dieter Heckel, and Roland Ostertag won the German architecture prize in 1987. The PTC works intensively with partners abroad both in research and in teaching.

The Production Technology Centre is located in the heart of the old Berlin industrial area at the Charlottenburg embankment of the river Spree. The PTZ offers comprehensive and application oriented system solutions covering Virtual Product Creation, Production, Assembly and Automation Technology as well as Corporate Management. In addition we focus our RTD-services on Security, Mobility, Renewables and Medical Technology.

Solar Training Center

Prospective engineers in the solar field need above all to build their practical knowledge in addition to their theoretical knowledge of technologies and applications. The goal of the Training Center is to demonstrate the functions of both individual elements as well as entire facilities for solar technologies, thus giving students a consistent practical reference in their instruction. The center is equipped with the most modern simulation and real-life equipment, measuring instruments, as well as standard software for solar project development. It enables students to better understand the principles of solar technology and to work with equipment and tools typically used in solar industry. The following practical training gear is available in the center:

  • Workstations for determining the physical characteristics of solar cells (e.g. current voltage curves, spectral efficiency, temperature effect, etc.)
  • Solar cells made of different materials (amorphous and crystalline silicon, GaAs, CIS, etc.)
  • The most modern measurement equipment for recording performance characteristics of solar cells, functional models for solar thermal facilities
  • Experimental kits for grid-connected, off grid photovoltaic and solar thermal systems containing real-life system components
  • A variety of solar thermal collector technologies (vacuum tubes and flat collectors)
  • Rooftop construction for solar module and collector installation
  • Standard software for PV and solar thermal system simulation
  • and much more.

Picture: Solar Training Center at the Production Technology Center (PTC).

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