The new arrivals at NOI

NOI Techpark now features new laboratories dedicated to the research fields of renewable energy and food technology. The labs are operated by Eurac Research, the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen and the Laimburg Research Centre and provide additional important infrastructure for South Tyrolean businesses to conduct research and development in the technology fields Food and Green. The new laboratories, which are all located in NOI Techpark’s Lab Building A2, were presented to the public on 7 June 2018.

Opening these new labs for food technology and renewable energy marks the completion of the second construction phase in the laboratory section. The technology park’s remaining lab units will be completed by early 2019. NOI Techpark will then comprise around 30 labs, most of which were financed through EU funds. A total of around five million euros will have ultimately been invested in the NOI labs.

‘The laboratories are run by the South Tyrolean research institutes; however – and I cannot stress this enough – they are open to all businesses in South Tyrol, and can and should be used by these companies’, explains Ulrich Stofner, who, as the Director of BLS Südtirol, is responsible for the construction of NOI Techpark.



WHAT THE NEW LABS ARE WORKING ON

Diversity and an interdisciplinary approach are top priorities at NOI Techpark. In the new laboratories, the scientists working for Eurac Research, unibz and the Laimburg Research Centre conduct research on topics such as smart facades, the quality of raw food materials, plant health, and ingredients in fruit, wine and cheese as well as in leaves, roots and wood.

The Eurac Research labs dedicated to renewable energy research were presented by Director Stephan Ortner and Head of Institute Wolfram Sparber. Representing the Bolzano University, Rector Paolo Lugli, Professor Matteo Scampicchio and research fellow Martina Bodner introduced some of the laboratories that are already up and running. On behalf of the Laimburg Research Centre, Director Michael Oberhuber and the head of the Food Chemistry research area, Peter Robatscher, explained the new Laimburg labs in the food sector.

THERE’S MORE TO COME

The technology park’s remaining labs will have been completed by early 2019. Eurac Research’s ‘terraXcube’ is due to open by the end of this year. This one-of-a-kind laboratory allows researchers to simulate extreme climate conditions. Another lab that will go into operation by the end of this year is the Kitchen Lab, in which companies from the food sector can try out new recipes and thereby develop new foods, for example for the convenience segment.

Hubert Hofer, Head of Development at IDM Südtirol and responsible for NOI Techpark’s business services, comments: ‘In late October 2017, the first labs at NOI Techpark were ready for operation. Today, we are opening additional important laboratories that will provide significant added value for the companies in the region.”

The new arrivals at NOI