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Milk, curd and cheese are among our daily foods. How CO2-emissions, energy and water can be minimized in the production of such food is shown by the EU project "SUSMILK - Re-design of the dairy industry for sustainable milk processing". Under the direction of Fraunhofer UMSICHT, the 21 project partners develop components that contribute to the sustainable processing of milk and a reorganization of the milk industry by their use in existing dairy infrastructures. The EU project SUSMILK is funded up to 2016 by the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission.
Led by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the four-year EU project "SPLASH - Sustainable Polymers from Algae", which started in 2012, has the goal of developing a new biobased industrial platform that uses microalgae as a raw material for the sustainable production and recovery of hydrocarbons and (exo)polysaccharides from algae, as well as their further conversion into renewable polymers. SPLASH will deliver the knowledge, tools and technology needed to establish a new industrial sector, i.e. industrial biotechnology based on algae and/or algal genes to produce polyesters and polyolefins. The project comprises 20 partners and covers the whole process chain from optimized biomass production to product development and exploitation. The end products, which are planned to reach a proof-of-principle stage, will include biobased food-packaging, as well as fibres for yarns, ropes, and nets. Within the project, Fraunhofer UMSICHT contributes chemical analytics and the processing of algal hydrocarbons to bio-based ethylene and propylene.
The motivation for the joint EU project "MouldPulp - Sustainable Polymers from Algae" was the promising wood-polymer concept DuraPulp® from cellulose pulp and PLA (polylactid acid). It is completely made of renewable raw materials, shows good mechanical properties, a perceived naturalness, nice tactile properties and can be dyed with clear colours. It won a lot of design awards, yet it became obvious that the available processing technologies are not sufficient for a wider commercialization. Due to this a transnational project team led by Fraunhofer UMSICHT developed a processing technology that allows making injection molded parts out of DuraPulp® but keeping the material properties. The injection moldable MouldPulp material is nearly 100 percent bio-based from renewable raw materials. Thin-walled injection molded parts can be produced on conventional plastics machinery in clear colors using hot-runner tools and with acceptable cycle times. The measuring of the emotional performance of the MouldPulp material on test persons showed that the MouldPulp samples received on average significantly higher ratings on quality and pleasantness than PP samples.
As leading research institutions in the field of sustainable energy, the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT and The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU collaborate on a challenging research program to address crucial issues for a future sustainable energy supply. The partners aim on a solution based on a solar energy economy, together with wind and hydro power, a balanced power supply incorporating biomass, electricity storage by means of hydrogen generated by PEM electrolysis, and efficient and zero emission mobility with fuel cells - key issues in all of the above-named fields are addressed by the international consortium. The anticipated technological breakthroughs in the areas of hydrogen technology, biomass conversion, advanced solar cell production, and fuel cell technology in the course of the project will probably enable new approaches for production technology solutions and innovative processes which contribute to lower costs and a market penetration of renewable energy technologies on a large scale. The knowledge and long term collaborations developed through this international project will form the foundation for future projects with and for industrial partners.
The SHeMat project "Training Network for Self-Healing Materials: from Concepts to Market" is a training and research network funded within the scope of the “Seventh Framework Programme” by the European Commission's “Marie Curie” programme. SHeMat involves 9 partners from 6 different countries as well as 4 associated partners from the private sector. In January 2012 the project started and will end in December 2015. 15 PhDs and Post-docs are forming the core of the EU project. The research activities of SHeMat are situated in the field of self-healing materials. The aim is the development of self-healing materials from different material classes and the market implementation for the most promising material concepts and developments. There are following material classes in the focus: elastomers, thermoplastics, fibre reinforced polymer composites, concrete and ceramics. In addition various biological self-healing processes will be analyzed as basis for a transferability to technical material. Furthermore standardized methods will be developed for the characterization of the effectiveness of self-healing.