Resources management in the circular economy

Our way of life today leads to increased consumption of resources and emissions with negative consequences for people and the environment. One possible solution is the circular economy, in which intelligent design and associated business models keep materials and products in circulation and generate as little waste as possible.

Solutions and services of Fraunhofer UMSICHT

With resources management in the circular economy, we bring value creation chains together. Our strengths are feasibility and potential studies, which we combine with strategic consulting. Material flow management, criticality assessment, visualization of material flows with geoinformation systems (GIS) form the basis. In stakeholder processes, we develop solutions to realize recyclable materials, products, and business models.

Unique selling points

We are distinguished by the combination of technical expertise in the field of materials and products with an independent and impartial sustainability assessment. Our extensive project experience at home and abroad allows us to think outside the box in a holistic manner. This is how we develop reliable and comprehensible solutions for industry and public clients.

How you can work with us

In the field of resource management, it is possible to collaborate with us in various ways. If you are interested in bilateral contract research, publicly funded collaborative projects and consortium studies, strategic consulting and stakeholder interaction workshops or funding consulting for your specific questions and your industry, Markus Hiebel, and Jochen Nühlen will be happy to assist you.


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Reference projects


Fraunhofer Charter

Sovereign Value Cycles

Fraunhofer is working with a total of 14 institutes to develop a Fraunhofer Charter, which sets the guidelines for an R&D roadmap for research into sovereign value cycles, a new production and consumption concept.



Recycling of building materials

Recycling building materials sustainably conserves resources and creates new recyclable materials for the construction sector. The newly developed process combines the three business areas of product development, sorting technology and marketing.



Metallic residues for
energy storage

Industrial vanadium-containing residues are processed into a quality-assured vanadium electrolyte. These are then available to operate efficient energy storage systems.



Tire and road wear
particles in Germany

The spread of tire and road wear particles in Germany is being investigated, modeled and presented based on extensive mobility, geo and weather data.