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60 years of cutting-edge industrial research

60 years of industry-related cutting-edge research (1964 - 2024)

KETEC status meeting in Reichenbach (Vogtland)

Minister President Michael Kretschmer emphasises: "Germany's most important resource sits between our ears."

#LNDWDD: Water under the bridge? Not at all. Snow in the middle of summer!

Visitors to the Dresden Long Night of Science were magically drawn to the ILK Dresden this year, as our scientists created a special highlight - real snow!

"ColdHubs" wins the Harvard Roy Award

The prestigious prize is awarded every two years to recognize an outstanding partnership project that improves the environment through novel and creative approaches.

Start-up AQVA SYNERGY - the first ILK Dresden spin-off

On August 18, 2022, the time has come. The foundation of the first start-up of the ILK Dresden is notarized and entered in the commercial register.

Thermometer inauguration - Between quantum computer cold and power plant heat

The 2.5 meter high thermometer on the façade of the ILK Dresden is inaugurated together with the head of Dresden's economic development department, the students of the Kreuzgymnasium and all employees.

Brand relaunch: further developing existing values with new solutions & visions

"Excellence from zero Kelvin" - self-confident, young & transparent - the new external image of the ILK Dresden

Dr. Herzog resigns and Prof. Franzke becomes sole Managing Director

At its meeting on 26.11.2019, the Board of the Verein zur Förderung der Luft- und Kältetechnik e.V., as the sole shareholder of the ILK, passed the baton of sole management of the ILK from Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ralf Herzog to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Franzke.

KETEC research platform for refrigeration and energy technology launches

KETEC is an innovative platform for research and development as well as education, which has the potential to find new solutions to the current challenges of the energy transition and thus further strengthen Saxony's and Germany's innovative power in the sector.

German Refrigeration Award 2018 for EAW Energieanlagenbau and ILK Dresden

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has awarded the German Refrigeration Prize for the sixth time.

Propane: Delivery of the first test rig for semi-hermetic compressors

Natural refrigerants have long been the focus of ILK Dresden's scientific work. In 2018, the institute developed and built the first performance test bench for semi-hermetic propane compressors.

Professor Uwe Franzke is appointed Managing Director

With effect from January 1, 2018, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Franzke took over the position of Managing Director at the ILK Dresden and, together with Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ralf Herzog to manage the company.

German Refrigeration Award goes to the ILK Dresden

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks presented the 10,000 euro prize for the best innovation to ILK project manager Marcus Honke on April 11, 2016.

Association of all German industrial research institutes in KONRAD ZUSE e.V.

Shortly after the founding of the SIG in Saxony, the joining of forces also takes place at a national level. On April 30, 2014, the German Industrial Research Association KONRAD ZUSE e.V. is founded in Berlin. The ILK Dresden is one of the 66 founding members.

Foundation of the SIG - Sächsische Industrieforschungsgemeinschaft e.V.

The SIG was founded in April 2014 to pool the strengths of the industrial research institutes in Saxony - with more than 950 employees. With around 150 employees, the ILK Dresden is one of the largest institutes of the 18 founding members.

Official recognition of the test laboratory for heat pumps

As part of an accreditation procedure in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, the ILK Dresden testing laboratory was officially awarded this competence.

Project start vacuum ice storage - refrigeration system with water as refrigerant

In January 2008, the first research project for a vacuum ice store, a process for ice production and ice production using the direct evaporation process with water as a refrigerant and a mechanical compressor is approved for the ILK Dresden.

The ventilation in the Chancellor's office needs to be assessed.

In addition to thermal factors, the thermal comfort of rooms also depends on the air quality. In the Federal Chancellor's office, the quality of the ventilation was measured using volume flow measurements and the distribution of air in the room was assessed using tracer gas.

VW-Gläserne Manufaktur: ILK Dresden develops room air conditioning system

When the Gläserne Manufaktur was commissioned, its core business was the production of the "Phaeton' - a luxury-class saloon. High demands were placed on the architecture and technology, as the factory is located right in the center of Dresden.

Dr. Uwe Franzke receives power of attorney and becomes a member of the Executive Board

Dr. Herzog continues to manage the company and grants Dr. Franzke power of attorney. Franzke becomes a member of the management.

World EXPO Hannover: ILK Dresden cools the German Pavilion

The German pavilion was cooled with R718 turbo chillers - developed and installed on site by the ILK Dresden.

Dubai & Abu Dhabi: Solar water cooler attracts attention

The "BIG 5 SHOW" is one of the largest trade fairs in the United Arab Emirates. In 1999, the ILK Dresden presented its solar refrigerated container there and met with great interest.

Dresden's largest photovoltaic system goes into operation

As early as 1995, 32 PV modules were installed at the ILK Dresden as a façade system with 7 kWp for research purposes - the largest system in Dresden at the time.

The institute's own philosophy - the basis for success

Basic research and applied research go hand in hand

First Dresden Colloquium on Refrigeration Technology takes place

"Water as a refrigerant for large refrigeration systems and heat pumps" was the topic of the first Dresden Colloquium on Refrigeration Technology back in 1994. The event took place in the institute's main building.

Two trade journals join forces

The editors of the trade journals "Luft- und Kältetechnik" and "Ki Klima Kälte Heizung", Professor Heinrich and Professor Steimle, merged the two journals to form the new journal "Ki Luft- und Kältetechnik" as of January 1, 1994.

First colloquium on air pollution control takes place

Together with the VDI, the ILK Dresden organized its first colloquium on air pollution control. The topic of this event day in the Dresden Blockhaus was "Filtering separators".

"The wild 90s"

The institute achieves an annual turnover of DM 13.8 million. The main building is to be renovated and extended. The construction of a new test hall is also planned.

The institute is sold for 1 German mark!

The Verein zur Förderung der Luft- und Kältetechnik e.V. buys the institute from the Treuhandanstalt Berlin for one German mark on April 23, 1993.

ILK Dresden develops offensive market strategy

The new logo was designed by Rolf Roeder. It symbolizes two intersecting streams of fabric or energy in the colors green and blue. In 1996, the registration of the trademark is confirmed by the German Patent Office.

GEWIPLAN recommends preservation of the ILK - first board of trustees is constituted

"If this valuable institution were to be lost in the context of German unification or were to disintegrate into individual parts, it would be an irreparable loss for the whole of Germany." Prof. Fritz Steimle from Essen in May 1990 on the continued existence of the ILK Dresden

Refrigerant "water" - Research into CFC-free refrigeration systems begins

Water is the oldest known refrigerant. It is used in a variety of ways in absorption refrigeration systems and in steam jet rotary systems. Research and development work on the use of water as a refrigerant in compression chillers began at the ILK Dresden in 1991.

Spin-off of the institute and reappointment of Prof. Günter Heinrich

Professor Heinrich's willingness to take over the management of the institute he had established in 1964 was a decisive step towards privatization.

The year 1990 - more eventful than almost any other year

The Kombinate disintegrate. The Treuhand Act comes into force. Windows 3.0 from Microsoft conquers the market. Germany celebrates reunification. Professor Heinrich returns to the ILK Dresden.

A spirit of optimism: new prospects and new uncertainties go hand in hand

At the end of October 1989, the Combine management acknowledged fundamental problems such as supply shortages, discontinuity in production, egalitarianism in wage policy instead of applying the performance principle, and difficulties with business trips to Western countries.

Introduction of a new Kombinat logo

Semperoper Dresden uses heat pump and innovative air conditioning concept

Many innovative ideas of ILK Dresden were used in the reconstruction of the Dresden Semperoper in the 1980s.

Institute Director Heinrich leaves ILK Dresden

Mandatory subordination to parent company cuts the institute's independence - Institute Director Heinrich leaves the ILK Dresden and is appointed to the TU Dresden

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GDR refrigerators too good for Quelle

Professor Fritz Steimle from Essen visits the ILK Dresden for the first time

Professor Fritz Steimle headed the Institute for Applied Thermodynamics and Air Conditioning Technology at the University of Essen for over 30 years. In 1990, he became the most important and recognized advocate for the preservation and continued existence of the ILK Dresden.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the experimental building (Ex-Bau)

The Ex-Bau was to become one of the most modern buildings of its time in terms of energy efficiency.

“Dedusting” becomes an independent department

Developments for the textile industry, among others Separation and filter technology are in focus

Good stable air – is that possible?

Good, effective stable ventilation is an important factor in keeping livestock. In the 1970s/80s, the institute developed patented stable ventilation systems for agriculture.

The employee structure

The tasks of the 433 employees in the individual departments of the institute

IIR: ILK Dresden takes over membership tasks

GDR becomes a member of the IIR and ILK Dresden takes over the tasks of the National Committee

Efficiency through standardization – The “ILKA” modular system

ILK Dresden was responsible for the scientific and technical development of a total of 17 combine operations. The most important task was the development of the so-called "ILKA system".

The GDR's ambitious heat pump strategy

The GDR's energy policy was geared towards minimizing the use of primary energy. Many new heat pump prototypes and experimental buildings were built as a preliminary stage to the widespread use of heat pumps planned by the Council of Ministers in 1981.

Wave of nationalization doesn't stop - ILK Dresden loses independence

The institute is subordinated to the VEB Kombinat Luft- und Kältetechnik (ILKA).

Research: Absorption technology & development of refrigeration systems for shipbuilding

As early as 1966, the range of development and research at the ILK Dresden was broad and characterized by the most diverse requirements of the companies and industry of the time. Some technical reports from this period have been preserved in the institute's archive:

“Kältepabst” visits ILK Dresden: Professor Rudolf Plank from Karlsruhe

Plank is regarded as the founder of scientific refrigeration technology and is often referred to as the "refrigeration pope".

Time of the mainframe computers: start of the first mechanical computing technology

Even then, Institute Director Professor Heinrich paid particular attention to the use of modern computing technology.

First graphic draft for institute symbols is created

In 1966, Werner Herrmann, a graduate designer, created a graphic design to cultivate a modest identity for the institute.

By 1970 the institute grew to 400 employees

In the early years, the institute grew by recruiting a large number of graduates from universities and technical colleges, in particular from the TU Dresden and the Freiberg Mining Academy. By the end of the 1960s, ILK Dresden employed around 400 people.

Heinrich becomes director and establishes 9 work areas

On July 1, 1964, the appointment contract dated February 20, 1964 was signed between Dr.-Ing. Günter Heinrich, until then Technical Director at DKK Scharfenstein, and VVB Air and Cooling Technology as Director of ILK Dresden.

Founding of the specialist magazine “Air and Refrigeration Technology”

The journal Luft- und Kältetechnik was founded in 1964 by Dr. Günter Heinrich to publish the scientific findings of ILK Dresden, but also as a publication medium for ventilation and refrigeration technology and all related specialist areas.

Building structures: 3,000 m² networked throughout Dresden

ILK Dresden was only able to cope with the growth in test areas and the increasing number of employees with numerous external and branch offices.

ILK Dresden was founded in 1964 – mission: Sustainability

The new center in Dresden will have 184 positions (105 in Dresden and 79 in Merseburg&#41.

Background: the former State Employment Office becomes the headquarters of the institute

Mansfelder Straße 26 corresponds to today's postal address Bertolt-Brecht-Allee 20. The building formerly housed the State Employment Office and later became the headquarters of the Institute for Chemical and Refrigeration Equipment.

Background: GDR decision to split up the chemical and refrigeration companies

The pace of development of chemical plant construction in the GDR can no longer keep up with economic needs. The consequences?