Lines of research

Research performance at its best

The good news is: A climate-neutral supply of energy and carbon-containing raw materials is possible. But, in order to achieve that, the energy and raw material system must fundamentally change.

We are monitoring this change and advise on how to shape the transition into a sustainable society. In our research projects, we keep an eye on social and economic needs and provide impulses for technological innovations. The overall objective is to replace the hitherto largely linear economy with circular economies.

The new raw materials of a circular economy are sustainably sourced carbon, renewable but mostly fluctuating energy, and recycled products and materials.

This is where our strategic projects come in.




Shaping the decade of circular transformation.


Fraunhofer Clusters of Excellence

Circular Plastics Economy

Time for a circular plastics economy


Joint project

Carbon cycle

A Key Building Block for the Climate Protection


Performance Center

Making production systems fit for the future