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  • Workshop "Roll-to-roll technologies at work – for functionalized surfaces" / 2021

    Efficient roll-to-roll production technologies for more climate neutrality

    R2R-Net Press release / August 16, 2021

    Roll-to-roll processes are used in a wide variety of production processes. In the R2R-Net network, partners from research and industry are driving forward the climate-friendliness of the processes.
    © Fraunhofer IAP

    For a climate-neutral economy, every opportunity must be exploited to reduce energy requirements and use resources efficiently. Highly efficient industrial processes are a key element in this. To this end, in the R2R-Net network, 18 European partners from industry and research are further developing reel-to-reel systems and processes that are used in production in a variety of ways. Companies benefit from the expertise, the support during scale-up and ramping up of the production, and the technical exchange. On September 7, 2021, the partners will present current developments, success stories and novel production equipment in a workshop. The network is open to additional partners.

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  • Bioeconomy / 2021

    CO2 as a raw material for plastics and other products

    Research News / August 02, 2021

    Light micrograph of cells of the gram-negative bacte-rium Methylorubrum extor-quens AM1.
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    Carbon dioxide is one of the main drivers of climate change – which means that we need to reduce CO2 emissions in the future. Fraunhofer researchers are highlighting a possible way to lower these emissions: They use the greenhouse gas as a raw material, for instance to produce plastics. To do this, they first produce methanol and formic acid from CO2, which they convert via microorganisms into building blocks for polymers and the like.

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  • © TotalEnergies

    TotalEnergies announced the launch of the e-CO2Met project at the Hydrogen Lab Leuna together with the electrolyser manufacturer Sunfire, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. Methanol can be produced from low-carbon hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide, which is an important approach to reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. With the ambition to produce climate-neutral methanol on site, this demonstration project will integrate the various components required to this end, such as the use of renewable energy.

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  • EU project on multiple sclerosis therapy ends with final symposium / 2021

    Nose2Brain – Active substances without detour through the nose into the brain

    Fraunhofer IGB Press release / June 09, 2021

    Effective drugs for the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, do exist. However, the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain as the body's control center, makes it especially difficult for therapeutic biomolecules to pass through. Thus, researchers from an international consortium coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have spent the last four and a half years developing a novel system in the EU project "N2B-patch" that can be used to bypass this barrier. The new approaches will be presented at a virtual international final symposium on June 17, 2021.

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  • Major research center for water, energy and food proposed for Lusatia / 2021

    Future factory Lusatia: answers to the global resource hunger

    Fraunhofer IGB Press release / May 11, 2021

    Zukunftsfabrik Lausitz

    A strong alliance of Saxon scientific institutions, with numerous supporters from business and the region, wants to find groundbreaking solutions to challenges that are on the global agenda and are also particularly visible in the Saxon coal-mining region in the new “Future Factory Lusatia”. The project partners are proposing a large-scale research center to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), in which interdisciplinary teams will combine modern technologies and circular economy principles on a realistic scale to drastically reduce the consumption of water, energy and usable land.

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  • Reducing plastic waste / 2021

    Bioactive paper coatings to replace plastic for packaging foods

    Research News / May 03, 2021

    A resealable bag made of paper with the coating on the inside. After use, the packaging is placed in the waste paper recycling bin with the bioactive materials.
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    The amount of plastic waste increases every year. Some of this waste is due to plastic packaging used to protect food. As part of the “BioActiveMaterials” project, researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have developed an eco-friendly coating for paper packaging. With this, not only is plastic saved, but the coating of plant-based proteins and waxes also extends the shelf life of the food. After use, the packaging can be placed in the waste paper recycling bin for disposal.

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  • Wastewater treatment plant in India

    India's cities are growing rapidly and need an efficient infrastructure for supplying water and disposing of wastewater. Many German companies offer innovative solutions in this area, but often struggle to find access to the Indian market. Thanks to its extensive experience with projects in India, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB can help to bridge the gap between demand and supply. To this end, the institute is now setting up the innovation network "AQUA-Hub" to mediate between German water technology suppliers and the Indian market.

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  • Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project Consortium – Fraunhofer IME, IVV, IGB, IOSB, IWU, UMSICHT / 2021

    The Fraunhofer lighthouse project “FutureProteins“ develops coupled agricultural systems for a resilient and sustainbale production of high-quality food proteins

    Fraunhofer Press Release / March 09, 2021

    Proteins are vital for life. At the same time, there is a protein shortage in the global food supply. Due to extreme weather conditions as a result of climate change as well as soil and water pollution caused by the use of pesticides and fertilizers, this shortage can increase in the future. One approach to tackle this challenge is to open up novel protein sources as a sustainable alternative for animal source foods suitable for the masses. In the lighthouse project “FutureProteins”, six Fraunhofer institutes develop new cultivation systems, which can produce nutritious proteins from selected plants, insects, fungi and algae.

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  • Biomolecules from renewable raw materials for the textile industry / 2021

    Water-repellent and more: coating textiles sustainably with chitosan

    Fraunhofer IGB Press release / February 08, 2021

    © Fraunhofer IGB

    Textiles can be coated with the biopolymer chitosan and thus made water-repellent by binding hydrophobic molecules. The good thing is that this can also replace toxic and petroleum-based substances that are currently used for textile finishing. In the last few years Fraunhofer IGB and partners in the HydroFichi project have researched how this can be done: A technology has been developed to provide fibers with the desired properties using biotechnological processes and chitosan.

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  • 19 Fraunhofer Institutes demonstrate the feasibility of a bio-based circular economy / 2020

    How Do We Want to Run Our Economy and Production?

    Fraunhofer Press Release  / December 21, 2020

    hydroponik
    © Fraunhofer EMB

    The wastewater treatment plant is turned into a vegetable farm, bio-based substances recovered from waste are being utilized to prevent oxidative spoilage in food packaging or provide environmentally-friendly and safe water-repellent coatings on functional textiles. In the EVOBIO project coordinated by Fraunhofer IGB, 19 Fraunhofer Institutes are working on solutions for a sustainable economy by developing new concepts that utilize material flows in bioeconomy process cycles to produce optimized materials for innovative products.

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