Press releases and news 2022

  • The sewage plant of the future is a biorefinery / 2022

    Pilot project RoKKa uses wastewater to produce fertiliser and raw materials

    UTBW Press release / March 02, 2022

    The wastewater treatment plant in Steinhäule is involved in the RoKKa project to test the transferability of bioeconomic solutions to another site.
    © Zweckverband Klärwerk Steinhäule

    Stuttgart/Ulm. The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector is funding the new research project RoKKa which is used to prove the viability of recovering raw materials from wastewater. This adds a crucial function to the scope of a conventional sewage treatment plant. Together with the operators of the sewage treatment plants in Erbach and Neu-Ulm, the project partners demonstrate the positive contribution towards climate protection and a secure feedstock supply, as the manufactured products can replace fossil materials and energy-intensive processes.

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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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  • Inspired by nature: Electro-biocatalytic CO2 fixing replaces fossil resources / 2022

    Turning harmful CO2 into useful chemicals

    Fraunhofer IGB Press release / January 13, 2022

    Wissenschaftler stellt etwas an einer auf einem Tisch stehenden Apparatur ein.
    © Marc Mueller

    Making important raw materials for fine chemicals out of carbon dioxide really works. As part of the Max Planck collaborative project eBioCO2n, a team of researchers from Fraunhofer IGB have successfully performed a first ever fixation of CO2 via a multi-enzyme enzyme reaction driven by electricity yielding a prospective intermediate for the chemical industry. The process for electro-biocatalytic CO2 fixation was recently published and is considered a “hot paper.”

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