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  • ACHEMA 2012 / 2012

    Compact and flexible thermal storage

    Forschung Kompakt, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / 1.6.2012

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    Biogas plants, combined heat and power plants don’t just generate electricity, they also produce heat. However, unlike the electricity they yield, the heat generally dissipates unused. A new technology is set to change this: It will allow the heat to be stored lossfree in the smallest of spaces for lengthy periods of time, for use as and when required.

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  • Hannover Messe 2012 / 2012

    Use less water, producing energy and fertilizer at the same time

    Press Release / 19.4.2012

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    Water is a valuable resource. New technologies are making it easier to handle drinking water responsibly, purify wastewater effectively and even recover biogas and fertilizer. Fraunhofer researchers will be showing how this is done at the Hannover Fair (23 - 27 April) in the House of Sustainability (Hall 2).

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  • Poster award for Petra Keller

    Fraunhofer IGB News / 2.4.2012

    Petra Keller from the Fraunhofer IGB’s Molecular Biotechnology Department was awarded one of six prizes at the 11th European Conference on Fungal Genetics from March 30 to April 2, 2012 in Marburg for her poster “Identification and characterization of novel antifungal compounds against fungal human pathogens”.

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  • Organic farming without cabbage flies

    Press release / 16.3.2012

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    When cabbage root flies lay their eggs on freshly planted vegetables, organic farmers often lose their entire crop. In the future, pellets made of cyanobacteria and fermentation residues from biogas plants will repel these insects in an ecologically compatible manner – and simultaneously fertilize the plants. Researchers are presenting the pellets at the Hannover Messe from April 23–27 (Hall 26, Booth C08).

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    Large quantities of plant stalks, fruit and vegetable skins, husks and pods occur as waste in organic farming. In an EU-funded project researchers at the Fraunhofer IGB, in cooperation with international partners from science and industry, intend to use this waste to produce biosurfactants for natural cosmetics.

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  • HANNOVER MESSE 2012 / 2012

    Environmentally-friendly cleaning and washing

    Fraunhofer research use / 2.3.2012

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    More and more everyday products are based on renewable resources, with household cleaners now containing active cleaning substances (surfactants) made from plant oils and sugar. These fat and dirt removers are especially environmentally friendly and effective when produced using biotechnology, with the aid of fungi and bacteria.

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  • Fuel from market waste

    Fraunhofer research use / 7.2.2012

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    Mushy tomatoes, brown bananas and overripe cherries – to date, waste from wholesale markets has ended up on the compost heap at best. In future it will be put to better use: Researchers have developed a new facility that ferments this waste to make methane, which can be used to power vehicles.

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  • Funded by the Knowledge Based Bio Economy program of the EU, the 13 M€ BioConSepT project starts in February 2012. The project wants to convince and inspire stakeholders of the Bio-based Economy by demonstrating the complete feasibility of an integrated chain approach, which is regarded as the basis for the next generation industrial White Biotechnology processes. The aim is to deliver processes that convert 2nd generation biomass into valuable chemicals, which are 30% cheaper and 30% more sustainable than the corresponding chemical routes or the biotechnology processes starting from 1st generation feedstocks like glucose.

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  • In 2011, the Fraunhofer CBP in Leuna took part in the third round of the Leading-Edge Cluster competition launched by Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), competing against companies from the sectors of chemical production, the petroleum industry, energy generation, the wood industry and plant engineering, as well as numerous other research institutions. The BioEconomy Cluster, under the scientific coordination of Professor Thomas Hirth, was named one of five winners in January 2012.

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  • Crustacean shells as a raw material for chemicals

    Fraunhofer Press Release / 20.12.2011

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    In the ChiBio project, which is funded by the EU, the Straubing Project Group BioCat of the Fraunhofer IGB together with international partners is aiming to develop new methods of producing specialty and fine chemicals from chitin-rich fishing-industry waste.

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