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  • Start of the “PFCLoesch” project: Eliminating perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals / 2017

    Mobile and cost-efficient treatment of fire-fighting water

    Press release / 8.2.2017

    In order to provide an effective fire-fighting capability for major fires of fuels and solvents the utilization of foam fire-extinguishing agents with PFC is in most cases indispensable. However, breakdown of fluorocarbon compounds (PFCs) is extremely difficult and they are, in part, toxic. As consequence, therefore, fire-fighting water containing PFCs must be collected and processed or professionally disposed of.

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  • To date, road fuels are almost exclusively provided by blending fossil fuels from refineries with separately manufactured biofuels at the end of both processes. There are some conventional refineries co-feeding vegetable oils in Europe, but since bio-oils properties are incompatible with the conventional refinery processes this is only possible at very low level. For future large-scale co-feeding of bio-based material into refineries (instead of blending after the refinery processes), well-defined co-feed material would be essential. This is where the “BioMates”, a project funded by the European Union’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, comes into play.

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  • Fraunhofer UMSICHT at BAU 2017 / 2016

    Vertical greenlining: Improving the micro climate and reducing fine dust

    Press release / 21.12.2016

    With vertical greenlining, the façades of buildings can be equipped with plants – with the objectives of positively influencing the micro climate, reducing the fine dust concentration, and improving sound insulation. At the BAU 2017 trade fair, Fraunhofer UMSICHT is presenting a pilot system for vertical greenlining that is deployable now already on a small scale.

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  • Particle foams / 2016

    Biodegradable packaging

    Press release / 16.11.2016

    Thanks to a new processing technique, foamable particles that are based on renewable resources can be processed into individual molded parts, e. g. for utilization as packaging material. Subsequent to use, the foam parts are compostable.

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  • Additive manufacturing / 2016

    3D printing: customized insoles for diabetes patients

    Press release / 4.11.2016

    In the past, insoles for patients with diabetes were hand-made by orthopedic shoemakers. In the future, these specialist shoemakers will be able to produce insoles more cost-effectively thanks to new software and the use of 3D printers. This approach means the mechanical properties of each insole can be assessed scientifically and more effectively.

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  • EU Project SUSMILK completed successfully / 2016

    Sustainable solutions for dairy processing

    Press release / 2.11.2016

    SUSMILK shows how energy and water can be saved in the manufacturing of milk products. The EU-project developed modules that contribute to sustainable dairy processing in existing dairy infrastructures. After three years the evaluated concept for a ”green dairy” has now been established.

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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

    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

    Press release / 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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