Current Projects

  • 2019/03/01

    RessStadtQuartier: Urban Material Flow Management: Instruments for Resource-Efficient Development of Urban Quarters

    Stadtplanung stellt sich immer stärker als Planung auf der Quartiersebene dar: hier lassen sich planerische und technologische Gesamtkonzepte und ökonomische Skaleneffekte realisieren. Vielfältiger Veränderungsdruck etwa durch Zuwanderung und steigende Attraktivität des Wohnens in der Stadt bringt eine steigende Dynamik der Umstrukturierung von Quartieren mit sich. Zusätzlich stellt der Bestand der „gebauten Umwelt“ von Quartieren (Gebäuden und Infrastrukturen) ein Lager an Materialien dar, die bei Sanierung, Umbau, Abbruch oder Umbau frei werden und als Sekundärrohstoffe in hochwertige Verwertungskreisläufe zurückgeführt werden sollten.

  • 2018/10/01

    Combi4Products: Combination and extension of treatment processes for biological waste and residual materials by biorefining units for the production of high-quality biobased products

    In the Combi4prodct research project, a process concept will be developed and tested that combines the processes of composting, fermentation and ethanol production on the basis of lignocellulose-containing biomass. The combination of these three processes will produce a liquid substrate rich in non-polar carboxylic acids, which will be extracted in a biorefining unit and converted into biobased products.

  • 2018/10/01

    WieBauIn: Innovative reuse of construction materials

    Urban and rural areas are closely interlinked through the construction sector, as construction materials needed in urban areas are often produced in the vicinity of cities. Concurrently, waste from the urban construction sector is deposited in rural areas. This leads to the use of natural resources and land in rural areas without creating sustainable compensation.

  • 2018/08/01


    The project „SWIVT: Siedlungsbausteine für bestehende Wohnquartiere – Impulse zur Vernetzung energieeffizienter Technologien“ dealt with innovative energetic technologies for refurbishing quarters, strategies to improve existing quarters as to their primary energy demand and their environmental impacts. The concepts were developed for the Darmstädter Postsiedlung. It was finished in 2017.

  • 2018/01/17

    ArePron: Agile resource efficient production network

    The goal of the transfer project ArePron is to increase the resource efficiency of industrial production processes through intelligent, agile and cross located networks and continuous monitoring of entire production systems using Industry 4.0 technologies. In this way, a company's environment-related impacts are to be reduced in the long term through improved exploitation of resource efficiency potentials.

  • 2018/01/01

    co(MP)ost: Development of a characterisation method for microplastics in composts and application on the examination of compost samples

    In recent years microplastics in the environment has come in the focus of scientific discourse and the public eye. After several scientific works on marine litter and microplastics, the limbic systems are now the focus of several research projects. In order to get an idea into the extent of the microplastics flow into terrestrial systems, a method has to be developed to measure the microplastics in matrices that complex.

  • 2017/09/01

    PLASTRAT: Strategies for the reduction of urban plastic emissions into limnic systems

    Connecting element of all studies within PLASTRAT is the development of solution strategies for the sustainable limitation of plastic residues propagation in the aquatic environment on technical, environmental and socio-ecological levels. Main objective is the jointly development of a multi-criteria assessment approach for the environmental compatibility of different types of plastic.

  • 2017/01/01

    Trans4Biotec: Know-how transfer in waste management for developing new biotechnology applications in developing countries

    The Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management remains nowadays, one of the major problems in developing countries. Currently, the MSW treatment in many of these countries consists mainly of an “all in one bin system” collection with a direct landfilling without pretreatment of the waste. Therefore, the waste management concepts in this countries are mostly far away from circular economy.

  • 2016/10/15

    Kopernikus: Energy Transition Navigation System (ENavi)

    The transformation of energy supply and use to a totally regenerative system poses technical and socio-economic challenges to a large number of stakeholders. The interdisciplinary project consortium set up from academic research and industry of „ENavi“ (Energy Transition Navigation System) develops options for the integration of components of a renewable energy system considering the technical and socio-economic boundary conditions.

    A central goal of the research consortium is the development of a navigation system to enable the anticipation of economic, ecologic and social impacts of political decisions. The aim of the navigation system is to identify steps on an effective and efficient way towards a renewable energy system. By involving a large number of stakeholders from industry, governmental organizations, research and civil society, the identified steps are assessed as to their acceptance.

    The Chair for Material Flow Management and Resource Economy contributes to WP2 „Technical developments in a system context“ and to WP7 „Interdependencies within the natural environment“. WP 2 describes energy technologies necessary in the transformation process with technology profiles.

    WP 7 assesses energy technologies with regard to their resource efficiency and lies a focus on the use of cricital metals like rare earth elements (REE).

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  • 2016/10/01

    Water-Reuse in Industrieparks

    Im Forschungsprojekt WaReIp wird eine Methode entwickelt, die zur Entscheidungsunterstützung für industrielle Anwender geeignet sein wird, um Maßnahmen, Verfahren oder Nutzungsänderungen für industrielle Wässer, Abwässer und darin enthaltene Wertstoffe zu identifizieren und auszuwählen sowie deren Nutzen mit Hilfe der entwickelten ganzheitlichen Entscheidungsinstrumente zu bewerten.