• 2016/08/31

    Investigations of the extractive digestion of liquid bio-waste substrates for an optimized generation of bio-based products

    Organic municipal waste is currently treated whether by aerobic treatment (composting) or anaerobic treatment (fermentation). By these treatments, products like biogas and compost can be also produced and introduced after a successful treatment, back in the economic cycle. However, and from an efficient use of biogenic waste view, a considerable potential optimization of both methods is available. In both treatment methods, an enormous amount of CO2 is generated. Furthermore, there are still some acceptance problems of the final products regarding the source and the recovery treatment. The marketing of the products only is not sufficient to fund the treatment. Under this research collaboration, an extraction of fatty acids at a first stage of a methanization process that is not reached at the end is developed and optimized, and a potential production of bio-based products from those fatty acids is being estimated.

  • 2016/08/31

    Identifikation von Potentialen und Problemen der Darmstädter Abfallbewirtschaftung unter Berücksichtigung des Umweltbewusstseins der Bürger

    Im Rahmen dieser Forschungskooperation sollen erste Voruntersuchungen durchgeführt werden, die die Potentiale und Probleme innerhalb von Abfallstoffströmen und Behandlungsprozessen identifizieren sowie das Umweltbewusstsein der Bevölkerung analysieren.

  • 2016/06/01

    JPI-O Microplastic PLASTOX: Direct and indirect ecotoxicological impacts of microplastics on marine organisms Sub-project: investigation of adsorption/desorption behavior of pollutants on microplastics (MPs) in batch tests in Laboratory as well as long-te

    PLASTOX is one of four consortia under the JPI Oceans Pilot Action “Ecological Aspects of Microplastics” and consists of 15 partners from 11 Member States. The project will investigate the ingestion, foodweb transfer, and ecotoxicological impact of microplastics (MPs), together with persistent organic pollutants (POPs), metals and plastic additive chemicals, on key European marine species and ecosystems. To study ecological effects of MPs, laboratory tests will be combined with field-based observations at stations representing a wide range of European marine environments (Mediterranean, Adriatic, North, and Baltic Seas and the Atlantic).

  • 2016/04/30

    Sustainability Controlling for Urban Water Systems: Risk Profile and Control Instruments

    The collaborative research project identifies the risks and danger potential to sustainable residential-area water management at a municipal level.

    In the course of the project, a management instrument for sustainability controlling will be developed. This kind of controlling conceives sustainable residential-area water management as a corridor of action which is defined by specified categories of sustainability risks. The sustainability risks will be deduced from a discourse on the principle of sustainability.

  • 2016/03/31

    Techno-economic Potential for the Recycling of Raw Materials from Industrial and Commercial Buildings

    The goal of the collaborative project PRRIG is to create the database urgently needed for the recycling of raw materials. A strategy of action for its implementation will also be provided. The investigation is carried out in and for the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region with field surveys on the premises of partners from commerce and the public administration. The Chair of Material Flow Management and Resource Economy is coordinator of the team, which is composed of members from three facilities at the TU Darmstadt and two industrial partners.

  • 2016/02/28

    “Comeback of Mills?”: The Historical and Future Potential of Using Local Water Power in Germany

    This research project investigates the opportunities and risks from a reactivation of these earlier sites by pursuing an interdisciplinary approach from the historical and engineering sciences. Its perspective on the past not only provides knowledge of the study´s concrete object, that is small hydropower plants, but also makes it possible to gain experience as to how different necessities were handled in the past and utilize it in dealing with nature in the present and future. It thus provides a topical contribution to the discussion of decentralized energy systems in Germany.

  • 2015/12/31

    Development and Implementation of a Master Degree Program

    The contents of the degree program are geared to the regulative and economic aims of a sustainable, ecologically sensitive, and innovative waste and sewage management and technology. A further objective is the training of local experts for industrial environmental protection for commercial enterprises and the government administration in Morocco. The sponsorship of subject-related partnerships includes courses offered by the TU Darmstadt in Morocco as well as stays by Moroccan students and professors at the TU Darmstadt.

  • 2015/12/01

    Helmholtz--KIT-Graduate School for Climate and Environment (KIT-Grade)

  • 2015/10/31

    TU Darmstadt Learning Factory – Resource Efficiency in Production: Machining Processes

    The Learning Factory “Resource-Efficient Production Processes” will be implemented in a first phase as a pilot project in the field of metalworking fluids (MWF) for machining processes. The motivation for increasing the resource efficiency of machining processes stems from ecological (environmental risks), economic (cost of materials and disposal), and social (e.g., health and safety) factors.

  • 2015/05/30

    Eco-Factors for Germany