ET2SMEs Innovation Projects

ET-Innovation in the EMR Region made easy!

To support the development of the Einstein Telescope located in the German-Dutch-Belgian border region, the Interreg EMR project ET2SMEs provides vouchers for cross-border innovation projects. On this page you will find the respective project descriptions and a direct link to the relevant contact persons.

You would like to start your own innovation project? Apply for one of our vouchers with your consortium. You don’t have a consortium yet? Use our company map and get a comprehensive overview of the existing high-tech companies in the funding area.

Sensors and Optics & Optical Metrology – Innovation Project

Flexible Roughness Measurement

Combination of fiber-optical metrology (fionec) with nano-positioning (JPE). Resulting in a new and innovative measurement device, allowing flexible surface roughness measurements.
The device is characterized by the features:

  • Fast measurement speed, up to factor 10 in contrast to tactile systems
  • Non-contact, non-destructive and wear-free probes
  • Outstanding measurement flexibility, due to special kinematic set-up

Contact (Project Lead):

fionec GmbH
Dr. Frank Depiereux
+49 (0) 241 8949 8840

fionec GmbH

Janssen Precision Engineering BV

Vacuum – Innovation Project

On-Site production of quasi-continuous UHV pipes

For ET, 120 km ultrahigh-vacuum pipes are required. By constraints from transportation the length of produced sections is limited to 20 meter. But with a fully-mechanized, quasi-continuous production of UHV pipes, located underground in the ET caverns, pipes in sections of 500 m and more can be produced and pushed in place in the tunnels. For this unique practice, we create a cross-functional production concept. Our approach will reduce the cost of transport and production, shorten the time to completion, avoid manual welding and reduce variations in weld quality and the risk of leakage.

Contact (Project Lead):

Dr.-Ing. Marion Purrio
+49 241 990085 24


Werkhuizen Hengelhoef


RWTH Aachen University,
Physikalisches Institut B

Simulation and modelling – Innovation Project

Managing levels of details of the 3D datasets of Einstein project

The newly developed LOD System switches the Quality of meshes when entering predefined collider volumes attached to the camera (spheres). The number and size of these colliders can be freely chosen. This approach is more general than existing solutions and also works for complex immersive cases where the camera is positioned within the bounds of a mesh. In terms of performance it is on par with conventional solutions or significantly surpasses them in many scenarios.

The project aims to develop a technology to manage the level of details of 3D objects on immersive Mixed Reality devices (AR/VR/XR) in an efficient way. Due to the limits of processing power on these devices and the requirements for fast real time rendering, visualisation of 3D require a sophisticated and performant adaptive algorithm for data reduction.

Although much work has been conducted in this field in the past, there is yet no solution available on the market enabling to manage the level of details in an immersive device optimized for this particular usecase.

Principal of the custom LOD system

Difference between the LOD systems

Performance Comparison

Contact (Project Lead):

Nirli S.A.
Jean-Marc Duyckaerts

Nirli S.A.

Terranigma Solutions GmbH

Sensors – Innovation Project

Climate Control of the Future

The ET needs the most accurate technology in all aspects to keep a stable environment. Also for industrial high-tech and public buildings, cultural heritage buildings and museums, there is a demand for controlling temperature and ventilation as a function of indoor climate to achieve energy savings and comfort. Most environments often need a stable and controlled climate without having disturbances by draught, downflow, and temperature fluctuations.

We want to demonstrate the working of the acoustic controlled ventilation system together with data acquisition implemented in a cloud application.

Contact (Project Lead):

Van Schaik Innovation Handling BV
Wilhelm van Schaik
+31 (0)40 2 433 463

Van Schaik Innovation Handling BV


Water Technology, Sustainable construction – Innovation Project

IFARMS – Intelligent Fluid analysis and Redundant Monitoring System

The goal of the project is to build a high-level leakage detection system with the help of softwarebased intelligence using artificial intelligence as well as high-precision flexible-selfadhesive sensors (less then 0,5mm in height) for different fluids. The results is a combined and working together system that detects leakage, even small leakage of different fluids, in underground or high-precision-instruments that has been proven in different scenarios on a test-setup.

Contact (Project Lead):

Agrippa Cleantec
Sam Achten
+32 (0) 492 25 85 00

Agrippa Cleantec


Geophysical imaging and remote sensing – Innovation Project

eVibe – for Carbon Neutral ground research

The goal of this project is to fully electrify a seismic source from Seismic Mechatronics (10 kN eVibe) for sustainable, zero-carbon seismic acquisition of deeper subsurface depths. This will be achieved with the use of a modular customized battery pack developed in collaboration with Battery Pack Service.

Contact (Project Lead):

Seismic Mechatronics
Richard de Kunder
+31(0)40 218 0074

Seismic Mechatronics


Vacuum & Mirrors – Innovation Project

Real-time particle deposition measurement in vacuum

SAC Nederland has developed particle deposition monitoring (PDM) technology that measures particle contamination in environments that require a high level of cleanliness, such as the Einstein Telescope. The main objective of this project is to further build upon this PDM-technology and develop a new generation PDM that can be operated in UHV vacuum environment and allows for vertical positioning of the witness plate that is used to measure particle deposition.

Contact (Project Lead):

SAC Nederland
Paul Weling
+31 (0)45 5410093

SAC Nederland



Carbon neutrality – Innovation Project

Green energy supply for the Einstein-Telescope

In this project a numerical modelling framework will be developed that identifies the optimal system for a safe, reliable and environmentally sustainable energy supply. We will cover different sources of renewable energy as well as possible concepts for energy storage in order to find the perfect fit for the ET project. The simulations will also take into account an approach that allows these different systems being used in other environments, businesses or projects.

Contact (Project Lead):

Dr.-Ing. Martin Spiller


YPTF-Engineering BV