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  • BMBF-funded project on the generation of pure hydrogen is launched / 2022

    Sustainable and climate-neutral: Transforming waste into hydrogen

    Press Release / October 10, 2022

    How can pure hydrogen be produced in a climate-neutral process, independent of solar radiation or wind strength, and then utilized to operate fuel cells or for application in the semiconductor industry? This is the question being addressed by a current research project involving the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT, and Veolia Umweltservice Süd GmbH & Co. KG. Their plan is to use organic waste as a starting material for alternative hydrogen production.

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  • In the »To-Syn-Fuel« project, a process developed by the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT for the production of fuels from biomass residues was implemented on a demonstration scale. So far, more than 50,000 litres of biogenic crude oil have been obtained from 500 tonnes of sewage sludge. The construction of a large-scale demonstrator in the Bavarian town of Hohenburg (district of Amberg-Sulzbach) was funded with 12.5 million euros as part of an EU project (11 European partners). At the end of the project, a test vehicle with the fuel completed a round trip of more than 2000 kilometres through Europe.

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  • Project EAG2-Rec / 2022

    An innovative technology for WEEE recycling in Ghana

    January 28, 2022

    How can the practice of WEEE recycling in Ghana be improved through a technology transfer from Germany? This question is being addressed by a project led by Fraunhofer UMSICHT and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. The aim of the project is to examine how the existing treatment can be supplemented by thermochemical methods and optimised sales channels. This can increase the added value locally and at the same time reduce the environmental and health impacts.

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  • The eMISKWaste project team has reached a major milestone. In two final conferences, the »Kuwait National Waste Management Strategy 2040« as well as the »Landfill Management and Rehabilitation Strategy« were presented to his Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, representatives of EPA departments as well as of other Kuwaiti authorities, universities and industry. Fraunhofer UMSICHT has worked on the project in Kuwait since 2017 together with ten partners from Germany and Kuwait. Activities included a country-wide waste and landfill survey, the development of an GIS-based database and customized applications as well as the development of the Kuwait National Waste Management Strategy together with several Kuwaiti stakeholders.

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  • Refinery to produce aviation fuels from sewage sludge

    Press Release / November 29, 2021

    Bayernoil Raffineriegesellschaft and the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT in Sulzbach-Rosenberg want to advance the large-scale production of sustainable fuels. The focus of the announced cooperation is the further development and upscaling of the TCR technology developed by Fraunhofer UMSICHT for the conversion of residual and waste materials into »green« crude oil.

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  • Chemical recycling of plastics / 2021

    Fraunhofer CCPE publishes position paper and research programme on plastics recycling

    Press release / September 07, 2021

    The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE has presented a position paper on the state of the art in science and technology of recycling technologies for plastics. The focus is on chemical recycling processes. A market analysis shows current industry activities. In addition, the Fraunhofer competence landscape in plastics recycling is presented in an overview.

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  • The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE and its Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have developed an advanced recycling process for used plastics. The pilot project with SABIC and Procter & Gamble serves to demonstrate the feasibility of closed-loop recycling for single-use facemasks.

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  • Change of leadership

    March 22, 2021

    The Sulzbach-Rosenberg branch of the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT has a new director. On 1 March, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Franke took over the leadership role from Prof. Dr. Andreas Hornung. Hornung will remain with the institute section as Senior Expert for Bioeconomy. Samir Binder continues to be the deputy head of the institute section.

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  • Project: Phy2Climate

    February 25, 2021

    Phy2Climate - A global approach to reclaiming agricultural land through a combination of phytoremediation, biofuel production and climate-friendly copper smelting.

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