Press releases and news

  • EthaNa® plant officially opened at Fraunhofer CBP / 2023

    Rapeseed makes more than just oil – it’s a source of proteins too

    Press release Fraunhofer CBP / May 03, 2023

    De-hulling system
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    At the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, Germany, representatives from politics, research and industry opened a novel pilot plant for the mild processing of rapeseed to increase the added-value potential of rape as a raw material. Based on a biorefinery, the plant not only delivers high-grade, pre-raffinate-quality rapeseed oil, but also a high-grade, protein-rich rapeseed kernel concentrate, secondary plant substances dissolved in ethanol and rapeseed hulls, which represent further products. The plant was built as part of the joint research project EthaNa, which has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

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  • Wastewater treatment / 2023

    Plasma against toxic PFAS chemicals

    Press release Fraunhofer IGB / May 02, 2023

    The plasma atmosphere is clearly visible in the reactor through the characteristic glow and flashes of light.
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    Harmful PFAS chemicals can now be detected in many soils and bodies of water. Removing them using conventional filter techniques is costly and almost infeasible. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB are now successfully implementing a plasma-based technology in the AtWaPlas joint research project. Contaminated water is fed into a combined glass and stainless steel cylinder where it is then treated with ionized gas, i.e. plasma. This reduces the PFAS molecular chains, allowing the toxic substance to be removed at a low cost.

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  • Sustainable alternative to fossil resources / 2023

    Green gold: Torrefied biomass to replace coal and oil

    Press release Fraunhofer IGB / March 08, 2023

    Beechwood chips torrefied with superheated steam (right) have an increased calorific value compared to untreated chips (left) and moreover are hydrophobic.
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    In February, the Estonian-based startup New Standard Oil successfully commissioned their first industrial-scale prototype for drying and torrefaction of biogenic feedstock operating with superheated steam at atmospheric pressure. The energy-efficient process was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart, Germany, and produces valuable raw materials for the chemical and energy industries: basic chemicals, biocoal and water.

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  • The LIKE-A-PRO project (No. 101083961), funded by the European Union under the topic “HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-01-07” has officially started on November 1st, 2022. The project brings together key representatives along the entire alternative protein value chain (protein producers, ingredient & product developers, culinary centres, food clusters), scientists and market & communication experts in a trans-disciplinary consortium (42 entities in 17 countries) coordinated by the technological center CTIC CITA.

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  • Fraunhofer at MEDICA/COMPAMED 2022 / 2022

    Cost-effective alternative to a PCR test

    Research News / November 02, 2022

    The test chip is placed in the analyzer after applying the sample. Here it is heated to 62 °C so that the reaction can take place.
    © Fraunhofer IPT

    Speed or accuracy? As far as COVID-19 tests go, this was the choice you had to make. In the future, this dilemma could be a thing of the past. The Pathogen Analyzer combines the advantages of PCR testing and rapid antigen testing – it provides a reliable result after only 20 to 40 minutes. In not too long, this assay will be able to simultaneously detect up to 11 other pathogens. A demonstrator of the system will be exhibited at the MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf from November 14 to 17, 2022 (Hall 3, Booth E74/F74).

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  • Biointelligent sensor for measuring viral activity

    Press release of BioProS consortium / September 06, 2022

    Today, genome editing is almost as easy as programming software. However, the generation of viral vectors as initial material is still associated with many expensive and error-prone handling procedures. Viruses are generated via complex biological processes that have to be optimised virus-specifically in order to produce high-quality therapeutics. A new method is needed that simplifies and optimises these processes.

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  • Sustainable by design foamed bioplastics project launch

    Press release of VITAL consortium / September 01, 2022

    This summer, the VITAL consortium has kick started a three-year project that will tackle the biggest challenges faced when replacing conventional fossil-based petrochemical materials with sustainable bio-based alternatives.

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  • Congratulations on the win / 2022

    Biosurfactants are »Bioproduct Day Favourite«

    Fraunhofer IGB Nachricht / August 22, 2022

    Susanne Zibek
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    The World BioEconomy Forum used the social media campaign for "World Bioproduct Day" on July 7, 2022, to draw attention to the role and importance of biobased products and their potential to replace conventional fossil-based products. Researchers were able to apply with their own ideas, products, projects and research work to be presented as part of the campaign. The World BioEconomy Forum selected Dr. Susanne Zibek's research area Biosurfactants as "Bioproduct Day Favourite". The project will be presented at the World BioEconomy Forum, which will be held September 7-8, 2022. The campaign partners also selected the RoKKa project led by Dr.-Ing. Marius Mohr as a winner.

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  • Tumor treatment / 2022

    Herpes virus to be weaponized to fight cancer

    Research News / June 01, 2022

    Researchers use a plaque assay to test cell cultures and determine whether viruses are infectious.
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    Viruses can make animals and humans sick – or healthy: Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have succeeded in genetically modifying the herpes simplex virus type 1, which triggers painful cold sores, in such a way that it can be used in the fight against cancer in the future.

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  • Research project explores new ways of creating bio-economic value / 2022

    Biorefinery project KoalAplan is extracting raw materials from wastewater

    UTBW Press release / March 02, 2022

    Gereinigtes Abwasser aus dem Hauptstrom
    © Universität Stuttgart

    Stuttgart/Büsnau. The Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector is funding the KoalAplan project, which extends the functional scope of a wastewater treatment plant. The project, based in the Stuttgart district of Büsnau, aims at recovering raw materials from wastewater and is therefore making a positive contribution to climate neutrality, as the products obtained replace fossil raw materials and energy-intensive processes.

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