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  • UMSICHT Science Award 2017 / 2016

    For more confidence in science

    Press Release / 19.10.2016

    Announced by the UMSICHT Friends and Patrons Group the UMSICHT Science Award is endowed for the eights time to people who make scientific results accessible to society in an outstanding manner. The award is aimed at promoting both categories (science and journalism) and is endowed with a total of 12,000 EUR. The deadline for submission of application is March 31, 2017.

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  • Food safety and biomass production / 2016

    “Sweedhart”: Do not fight weeds but use them as biomass

    Press release / 13.10.2016

    Verleihung des UMSICHT-Wissenschaftpreises 2016 im LVR Industriemuseum, Oberhausen

    Already today, farmers are suffering from low agricultural yields because weeds are affecting their fields. Since the wild plants have developed resistances to herbicides, they can damage crop plants unhindered and as such are – long-term – threatening food safety. Instead of only fighting weeds, it is, however, possible to also profit from them: In the “Sweedhart” project, Fraunhofer UMSICHT is developing new methods to counter the burden caused by weeds and to utilize the plants as energy source at the same time.

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  • K 2016 / 2016

    Electrically conductive thermoplastic materials

    Pressemitteilung / 19.9.2016

    Fraunhofer UMSICHT develops novel flexible compounds based on plastic ma-terials to be used for electrical, electrochemical and mechanical applications. These and other highlights from the bioplastics research will be presented at this year’s “K 2016” trade fair from October 19 to 25.

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  • Bioplastics / 2016

    Scientists establish new fields of application

    Press Release / 15.9.2016

    In many fields of application, bioplastics are the viable alternative material of choice. Such applications are for example packaging materials and mulching foils. Soon two more products can be added to the growing list based on the two recently started projects ‘Bioshoreline’ and ‘BioFlooring’. Fraunhofer UMSICHT scientists research a geotextile that is degradable in a defined time . The textile will serve as temporary filter in biotechnical measures to safeguard the shorelines of inland waterways and as elastic bioplastic flooring.

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  • Suction off waste materials, save water, generate bio-energy / 2016

    'BioSuck' at the IFAT Trade Show

    Presse release / 28.4.2016

    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 (Hall A5, booth 217/316).

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  • Energy transition / 2015

    Electricity as a Resource

    Press release / 18.12.2015

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    Project members from ten Fraunhofer Institutes came together for the official kick-off-meeting.

    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 Resource”. Their aim is to develop and optimize processes that enable low-carbon power to be used to synthesize important base chemicals.

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  • UMSICHT Science Award 2016 / 2015

    Know-how communicated in a comprehensible way

    Press Release / 9.11.2015

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    Sculpture exclusively designed by Hans-Dieter Godolt for the UMSICHT Science Award.

    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.

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  • Swellable powder coating / 2015

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

    Pressemitteilung / 30.10.2015

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    The SWACC® corrosion protection coating is effective even after having 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.

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  • Research cooperation / 2015

    MoA signing between Fraunhofer Society and U of Alberta

    Press Release / 20.10.2015

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    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.

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  • BIORICE / 2015

    Proteins from rice – raw materials instead of waste

    Press Release / 9.10.2015

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    Peptides harvested from rice proteins are sorted by size using a special fi ltration technique.

    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.

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