Press Releases

  • EU Project ToSynFuel / 2020

    HyGear PSA delivered to To-Syn-Fuel plant site

    July 01, 2020

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    In the To-Syn-Fuel plant, sewage sludge is converted in Fraunhofers Thermo-catalytic reforming (TCR) system into valuable solid, liquid and gas fractions. The produced liquid bio-oil is refined to suitable fuels using the hydrogen from the produced TCR gas fraction. Hydrogen is separated from other species, like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and methane using one of project partner HyGear’s key technologies: Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA).

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  • Sustainable aviation fuels with Fraunhofer TCR technology / 2020

    flexJET wins KETBIO Award as most innovative EU biotech project

    Press release / June 18, 2020

    Out of more than 300 EU-funded biotech projects, the flexJET project for the production of sustainable aircraft fuels was selected as the one with the best chances of commercialization. The prize was awarded by the industry experts of the European KETBIO Biotech Transfer Initiative. Within the framework of flexJET, 1200 tons of sustainable aviation fuel are produced from used cooking oils. The hydrogen required for the hydrogenation of the oils comes from biogenic residues. It is produced using the TCR® process developed by Fraunhofer.

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  • Waste Management Plan for the Emirate of Kuwait / 2020

    Installation of 100 Online-Electronic Noses in the Emirate of Kuwait

    Press release / June 03, 2020

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    Since January 2017, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology in Sulzbach-Rosenberg has been working on a waste management plan for the Emirate of Kuwait on behalf of the Kuwaiti environmental authority. As part of the air quality monitoring sub-project, a network of 100 online electronic noses, or eNOSES for short, was installed in odour-intensive areas with a focus on waste management facilities and fully commissioned in April 2020. The aim is to monitor odours online continuously over the long term. eNOSES are devices that perceive odours in a similar way to a human nose and can therefore detect anomalies.

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  • Press release / 2020

    BioBrick: Biomass for sustainable brick production

    March 12, 2020

    Using the example of a brick plant, the »BioBrick« project shows how process heat and residues from biomass plants can be used for industrial brick production. In the project, a wood gasifier provides the heat (500 - 1000°C). The carbonaceous residues from the gasifier are used as porosification material in the brick. This cascade utilization reduces disposal costs, improves the product properties of the brick, saves fossil fuels and increases the cost efficiency of the process. The project consortium consists of plant manufacturers (Burkhardt GmbH) and users (Ziegelwerk Ernst GmbH & Co. KG). The project coordination and accompanying research is carried out by Fraunhofer UMSICHT.

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  • EU Project FERTIMANURE / 2020

    From Farm to Market: Converting Animal Manure into Fertilising Products

    February 17, 2020

    More than 90 % of the manure produced by livestock farms in the EU is used for land fertilisation. However, this process is inefficient. The EU-funded FERTIMANURE project intends to develop, test and estimate advanced nutrient management strategies to produce competitive fertilisers that contribute to good yield. Their goal is to recycle valuable nutrients from livestock manure and produce bio-based fertilisers. FERTIMANURE will be deployed in five of the EU’s biggest livestock production countries, namely Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Outcomes should help promote this circular economy model for the EU agriculture sector.

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  • EU Project ToSynFuel / 2020

    Delivery of hydrogen tank

    February 06, 2020

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    The demonstrator is under construction - in the current EU project ToSynFuel the procurement and construction of the demonstration plant is in full swing after an intensive planning phase.

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  • Sulzbach-Rosenberg / 2019

    December 12, 2019

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    We wish our customers, sponsors, partners and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  • © Fraunhofer UMSICHT

    The Center for Energy Storage (CES) at the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT in Sulzbach-Rosenberg was opened on October 2. The new research facility develops industry-oriented technologies for energy and heat recovery. The new building received a total of EUR 5 million in funding from the Free State of Bavaria, the Federal Government and the EU.

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  • Research project combines digitization and process engineering / 2019

    Digital Fire: Biomass combustion digitized

    Press release / September 23, 2019

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    In the »DigitalFire« project, the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT is exploring the possibilities of digitizing biomass furnaces. Cost-effective standard components should make existing plants more flexible and economical. The project has a duration of three years and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture with approximately 776,000 EUR.

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