Helmholtz Institute Freiberg
The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) was founded on August 29, 2011 as a joint institution of TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf in Freiberg. The Federal Government thus implemented an agreement from the then coalition agreement and supports the establishment of the institute with approx. 5 million euros annually through the BMBF.
The aim of the cooperation is to open up new paths to raw materials for the technologically strong German economy. The focus is on high-tech metals such as gallium, indium, germanium and various elements belonging to the rare earth elements group. They are the basis for applications in the electronics industry and in future fields such as renewable energies and electric mobility. The institute thus bundles strategically important research competencies to secure the supply of raw materials for the German economy.