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Institute for Technology Innovation launches pioneering research facility in Abu Dhabi for key industries in the region


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research arm of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), today announced that its Directed Energy Research Center (DERC) has launched a peak at Tawazun Industrial Park (TIP), a regional hub for strategic companies in the safety and security industry offering world-class business infrastructure.

The facility includes seven separate workshops and five specialized laboratories. Each caters to a specific research area of ​​the mechanical and electronic workshops, prototype test area, winding, armature filling, dielectric testing and acoustic prototyping lab. The labs are Pulse Power Lab, Semi-Anechoic Chamber, Tempest Chamber, Acoustic Lab and Laser Development Lab.

The facility houses three mobile research labs that can be used in conjunction with the main labs or deployed in the field for outdoor testing, including two mobile electromagnetic labs and a mobile laser lab. Applications DERC focuses on include high power electromagnetics (HPEM) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) tests. DERC also undertakes innovative research in HPEM and Pulsed Power, as well as prequalification testing for several industries in the region.

A first for the GCC, the DERC facility performs industry-leading radio frequencies tests to fabricate and characterize high-power semiconductor devices. The facility also performs highly sensitive acoustic experiments that require a high degree of isolation from environmental sound and vibration, supporting the development and characterization of unusual acoustic emitters and sensors.

The controlled environment in laboratories identifies unintended noise sources in complex electronic systems that could lead to side leakage. DERC’s custom-developed optical vibration analysis tools can examine the behavior of the mechanical system over a wide frequency range.

Additionally, the Center has also introduced revolutionary Signal Electronics & Acoustics (SEA) prototyping to facilitate the local development of advanced solutions such as low/high density RF and acoustic devices. The facility can undertake welding work, complex mechanical assembly, testing while advancing 3D printing prototyping.

DERC’s mobile laser laboratory is the first of its kind in the region to conduct laser experiments outdoors to explore the propagation of a high-powered laser and study the effect on distant targets in the arid environment of the Gulf. Emitting a continuous laser of several kW, the laboratory is equipped with a telescope mounted on a pan-tilt, focusing a beam over a distance ranging from 200 m to 2,000 m. Connected to a generator, the mobile laboratory is designed to be used independently outdoors in extreme temperatures of up to 50°C.

Speaking about the new facility, Dr. Ray O. Johnson, CEO of Technology Innovation Institute (TII) and Acting CEO of ASPIRE, said, “At TII, we are committed to attracting global talent to our centers of innovation. research. Given this priority, we are proud to witness DERC’s phenomenal achievement with this facility. These innovative hubs are attracting a growing number of researchers as well as customers wishing to benefit from testing capabilities in various sectors.

Dr. Chaouki Kasmi, Chief Researcher, Directed Energy Research Center (DERC), said: “We are delighted to finally witness the launch and state-of-the-art capabilities of this new facility which will give us a distinct advantage while giving the Emirates Arab Emirates much-needed autonomy when it comes to ensuring comprehensive testing and establishing a reliable supply chain.

The fact that the center has succeeded in bringing together several core capabilities under one roof provides opportunities to take HPEM testing to greater heights while enabling the testing of high-powered lasers in compact environments.

*Source: AETOWire