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  • Cleantan® / 2017

    European Innovation Award EARTO 2017 for leather tanning process

    Press release / 13.10.2017

    Fraunhofer UMSICHT developed a completely innovative leather tanning process that reduces emissions and production costs. The process can contribute to retain and strengthen leather-manufacturing companies in Germany and Europe. For this process Dr. Manfred Renner was awarded one of two innovation awards of the European Association for Research and Technology Organisations EARTO. With this award the international non-profit association honors products and services with a high social and economical benefit for the EU.

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  • Decomposition of plastics / 2017

    Fighting plastics waste with mealworms

    Press release / 10.5.2017

    At present, environmental pollution due to plastics is higher than ever before. Fraunhofer UMSICHT performs research on environmentally friendly processes for the decomposition of plastics and is using small biological helpers for this: mealworm larvae that utilize the plastics and secrete them again as organic substances.

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  • Electricity as a raw material / 2017

    Green energy for sustainable chemistry

    Press release / 23.3.2017

    The shift in energy and its concomitant low-CO2 electricity provide an opportunity to establish an electricity-driven production. Ten Fraunhofer institutes are developing and optimizing methods to utilize this electricity for the manufacturing of important basic chemicals. At the HANNOVER MESSE 2017 (April 24th to 28th, Hall 2, Booth C22), Fraun-hofer UMSICHT is presenting the Fraunhofer key project "Electricity as a raw material".

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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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