Against the backdrop of the global debate on water shortage and pollution, resource scarcity and climate change, resource and environmentally friendly economies are becoming more and more important. The transition to sustainable, environmentally friendly yet reliable supplies of clean water, food, raw materials, and energy is therefore one of the major challenges of society today – also in view of the global climate protection targets.
In national and international projects with partners from research, industry and municipalities, Fraunhofer IGB is developing innovative processes, reactors and new technologies for a sustainable water supply and disposal system, especially for the treatment of industrial process water and municipal wastewater, for the reuse of residual and waste materials, and to improve energy efficiency by making use of waste heat and regenerative energy.
The business area “Environment and Energy” thus stands for a variety of advanced technological developments that help to prevent emissions being released into the environment, to recycle raw materials and to develop regenerative energy, thereby combining cost effectiveness with sustainability. Potential solutions are, in some cases, linked with major topics in the business area “Chemistry and Process Industry”.
Networking and cooperation
At Fraunhofer IGB we are developing integrated material flow and energy concepts for industry, municipalities and entire regions with the aim of replacing historically evolved infrastructures by system solutions using the latest technologies. We are therefore actively involved in the Fraunhofer Alliances Energy, Building Innovation, Water Systems, and the Morgenstadt Initiative. Also, Fraunhofer IGB is outstandingly networked in Germany through the national technology platforms SusChem Deutschland and German Water Partnership, and very well connected throughout Europe.