What is the “added value” for business and SMEs?
With the planning, construction and operation of the Einstein Telescope, there is the prospect of a large number of demanding and lucrative tasks for numerous companies, especially in the high-tech sector of the extended Euregio Meuse-Rhine. In all phases up to the permanent operation of the facility, companies from the border region will be able to apply directly for tenders and thus for numerous contracts involving the Einstein telescope. The regions of Flanders, Wallonia, Southern Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia are committed to ensuring that local businesses in particular benefit here.
However, the unique cross-border ecosystem of high-tech research and innovative SMEs (high-tech start-ups and established companies) that characterizes the extended Euregio Meuse-Rhine offers even more potential, namely the chance to directly involve the business community in the development of new technologies that the Einstein Telescope will urgently need in the next decade! These include above all the ET operating Technologies: Part 1 – ET Instruments.
In addition, however, numerous other technological competences in geology, environmental monitoring, tunnel boring technology and primarily underground construction technology are also required for under-ground exploration and the construction of the facility, to name but a few. These are detailed in the ET Technologies Online Catalogue Part 2 – Geology.
The Einstein Telescope and Sustainability
The Einstein Telescope is a large-scale research facility for studying gravitational waves. The demands on the technologies and processes are high.
Nevertheless, sustainability and harmony with people and nature are just as much a focus at the Einstein Telescope as fundamental research itself. Therefore, the following sustainability topics are on the technology agenda:
The ET2SMEs project is carried out under the Interreg V-A Euregio Meuse-Rhine Programme, with € 1.15 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). By investing EU funds in Interreg projects, the European Union invests directly in economic development, innovation, territorial development, social inclusion and education in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.