Current Projects


current projects

  • 2020/12/04

    LIFE-3E – Environment-Energy-Economy

    The project aims to develop and demonstrate an innovative process that promotes coastal UWWTPs sustainability by contributing for the water remediation and reuse, favouring the circular economy paradigm, generating in-situ renewable energy recovery and minimizing the pressure over aquatic ecosystems.

  • 2020/10/01

    ReCircE: Digitale Lifecycle Record for the Circular Economy

    Half of the plastic waste generated in Germany is currently being energetically recovered that means incinerated. This leads to the destruction of valuable plastic materials and removes them from the recycling economy. The main reason for the low recycling rate results from a lack of information in the area of recyclable product design and the material flows generated for recycling.

  • 2020/08/25

    Regional phosphorus recycling in the Rhine-Main area considering industrial and agricultural material cycles

    The RePhoRM joint project is a research and development project on the subject of “Regional Phosphorus Recycling (RePhoR)” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the “Research for Sustainable Development (FONA3)” funding program. A technological and organizational network solution for phosphorus recycling in the Rhine-Main area is targeted. More precisely, the project further develops technologies for phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge ash and heavy metal removal, the large scale production of fertilizer granulates and concepts to close nutrient cycles in agriculture.

  • 2020/07/01

    GNOSIS – Holistic evaluation of electric flying

    The decarbonisation of the aviation sector is an important measure for achieving the climate targets. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is therefore funding research projects within the aviation research programme LuFo VI-1 for the development and evaluation of (partially) electric drive configurations for passenger aircraft.

  • 2020/06/29

    GlyChem: Innovationsraum: BioBall – Glykane und Koppelprodukte als biogene Wertstoffe (Teilprojekt B) – Umsetzungsphase

    For the competitiveness of the glycan-based value chains, the inclusion of by-products offers an opportunity that is not available for the synthetic analogues. The extraction residue is a suitable substrate for anaerobic digestion, in which polar carboxylic acids can be converted into biogas through degradation processes. By using a new type of biotechnology, which can convert these polar carboxylic acids into non-polar carboxylic acids by means of ethanol ripening, which in turn can be separated from the substrate with an extractant and converted to different bio-based products using various refining methods, an additional added value of the resulting residues is possible.

  • 2020/06/01

    Biotec2Future: Development of a Master Studies Programme „Environmental Biotechnology Engineering“ for Côte d'Ivoire and Morocco

    Regarding the depletion of fossil resources, the establishment and use of new technologies and sustainable resources is becoming increasingly important. One way to conserve these resources and still maintain or improve the current living standard is through bio-economic approaches. In many developing countries, such as the Ivory Coast or Morocco, the bio-economy is not yet an integral part of the current political and societal discussion. The use of waste biomass for the production of bio-based products could be an opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the economy, environment and quality of life of the population through the bio-economic approach.

  • 2019/12/01

    Transformation analysis and design concepts for a regional bioeconomy

    Within the funding measure “Innovationsräume Bioökonomie, the innovation area ”Innovationsraum BioBall" was selected for funding. BioBall understands itself as a driver of the transformation process towards a sustainable, bio-based economy – under the specific conditions of a densely populated and industrialised metropolitan region. Therefore, bioeconomic technologies are to be researched and developed into innovative value chains within five years in various R&D&I projects.

  • 2019/03/01

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

    Urban planning is increasingly becoming planning at the district level, where planning and technological concepts and economic economies of scale can be realized. Diverse pressure to change, for example due to immigration and increasing attractiveness of housing in the city, is bringing with it an increasing dynamic of the restructuring of neighborhoods. In addition, the “built environment” of neighborhoods (buildings and infrastructures) is a stock of materials that are cleared during rehabilitation, conversion or demolition and should be returned into high-quality recycling cycles as secondary raw materials.

  • 2019/01/01

    ELISA – Electrified, innovative heavy traffic on motorways

    The decarbonisation of road freight transport is an important measure for achieving the climate targets. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is therefore funding research projects for the electrification of sections of motorways for the use of overhead line hybrid trucks (OH trucks).

  • 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.

  • 2018/01/01

    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.

  • 2017/01/01

    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.