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PolyU strikes deal with E-T-A of Germany
PolyU has signed an MoU with German industry giant E-T-A Elektrotechnische Apparate GmbH. Both parties will enter a research collaboration to further develop the Self-Sustainable Magnetoelectric Smart Sensor Technology invented by PolyU researchers.
E-T-A is a world market leader in the design and manufacture of electrical circuit protection products for a variety of market fields, including aerospace, automotives, railways, marine, telecommunications, power, renewable energy, automation and process control, environmental technology and equipment, etc. Under the MoU, E-T-A will provide cash sponsorship of EUR500,000 for PolyU to further advance and commercialize this innovative and high value-added technology for electrical circuit protection applications.
A group of four E-T-A's senior executives, including Mr Bernd Härtlein, Member of the Board of Directors of E-T-A; Mr Philip Poensgen, Member of the Board of Directors of E-T-A; Mr Peter Meckler, Head of Innovation and Technology of E-T-A; and Mr Darren Poh, Managing Director of E-T-A Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, have made a special trip to participate in the "PolyU and E-T-A Collaboration Signing Ceremony" and to join the "Forum on Creating Synergy in Innovation and Technology – Shenzhen/Hong Kong Cooperation"
The Self-Sustainable Magnetoelectric Smart Sensor Technology was developed by Dr Derek Or Siu-wing, Associate Professor of PolyU's Department of Electrical Engineering, with funding supported by the General Research Fund of the Research Grants Council and the University since 2003. The Technology was also awarded a Bronze Award in the 58th International Trade Fair "Ideas - Inventions – New Products" of Nuremberg in 2006. Its debut appearance also caught the attention of E-T-A, with its corporate headquarters in Altdorf near Nuremberg. The University subsequently entered into this agreement with E-T-A.
Over the years, Dr Or and his research team have made steadfast progress in exploring the frontiers of sensor technology for condition or health monitoring. Specifically, the Self-Sustainable Magnetoelectric Smart Sensor Technology has led to new generation Power Supply-Free, Signal Conditioner-
In addition, Dr Or and Professor Ho Siu-lau, Head of PolyU's Department of Electrical Engineering, have been successful in deploying these passive current sensors and wireless communication units for self-powered wireless condition monitoring of modern railway and/or electric power distribution systems in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macao and Thailand.
E-T-A has approximately 1,300 employees worldwide and a globe-spanning network of representatives and subsidiaries covering more than 60 countries. Through E-T-A's strong international network, PolyU-developed Self-Sustainable Magnetoelectric Smart Sensor Technology will be fully explored for potential applications in different industrial settings.
Press contact: Mr Andrew Young, Director of Partnership Development
Tel: (852) 3400 2800
Press contact: Dr Derek Or, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
Tel: (852) 3400 3345
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