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  • 'BioSuck' at the IFAT Trade Show

    Suction off waste materials, save water, generate bio-energy

    From potato peelings to blood, large volumes of waste materials pile up in the food processing industry. Today, these materials serve limited purposes. Cleaning all this waste produces a large wastewater volume. As part of the EU Project 'BioSuck' and in collaboration with an international task force, scientists of the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT responded by developing new waste and wastewater management tools for the food industry. Here is the idea: Suction off the waste materials using the vacuum technology to save water and reduce the costs of wastewater removal. From May 30 to June 3, 2016, the scientists will showcase their project at the IFAT Trade Show

  • Swellable powder coating

    SWACC® protects materials from corrosion even after they have been damaged

    Environmental impacts such as rain, but also high temperatures and aggressive contaminations at industrial plants severely stress materials and pose new challenges to corrosion protection. With SWACC®, Fraunhofer UMSICHT is developing a powder coating that protects components from corrosion damage even if their coating features cracks or scratches. First results with the self-sealing product are promising.

  • Energy transition

    Electricity as a Raw Material

    Ten Fraunhofer Institutes led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT have joined forces to work on the Fraunhofer lighthouse project ”Electricity as a Raw Material”. Their aim is to develop and optimize processes that enable low-carbon power to be used to synthesize important base chemicals.

  • UMSICHT Science Award 2016

    Know-how communicated in a comprehensible way

    A comprehensible communication that is appropriate to particular target groups is the key to an open exchange between science and society. Announced by the UMSICHT Friends and Patrons Group the UMSICHT science award is endowed to people who make scientific results accessible to society in an outstanding manner. The UMSICHT Science Award is endowed for the seventh time in the categories of science and journalism and totals 15,000 euros. The deadline for submission of application is March 31, 2016.

  • Research cooperation

    MoA signing between Fraunhofer Society and U of Alberta

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology (Fraunhofer UMSICHT) along with the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (Fraunhofer IVV) signed a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the University of Alberta (Canada) in September 2015, marking the next phase in their collaborative research partnership.

  • BIORICE

    Proteins from rice – raw materials instead of waste

    Rice contains many valuable nutrients and serves as a staple food for large parts of the world’s population. The rice grain is made up primarily of rice starch. A number of producers extract and resell this starch. The proteins left over during this process are disposed of by producers in a number of ways, and also at high cost. However, due to their physiological activity, these proteins can be very useful in items such as nutritional supplements or cosmetics. As a part of the EU project BIORICE, researchers at Fraunhofer UMSICHT are currently working together with other European partners to develop a process that can harness this valuable raw material.

  • MailScout

    Fraunhofer UMSICHT development unburdens e-mail inboxes at SAP

    Barely meaningful e-mail subject lines or “reply to all” messages cost a lot of time and hard cash. Fraunhofer UMSICHT has developed a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook® that permanently improves e-mail communications within a company. In the future, the MailScout software will support 90,000 internal and external staff at the software manufacturer SAP in the writing of informative e-mails. The result: fewer electronic messages with higher quality.

  • ECLIPSE

    Functionalized bio-based plastic films without foodstuffs competition

    Bio-based plastics increasingly replace packaging made of conventional plastics, but they are – in part – competing with the cultivation of foodstuffs. In the ECLIPSE project, Fraunhofer UMSICHT – within an international consortium – has developed a novel packaging concept that does both dispense with fossil raw materials and also does not compete with the foodstuffs industry. The two films developed consist of waste materials as well as algae-based biomass, are compostable, and are assessed for eco-balance.

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