BAUKERA - Product design using secondary raw materials

PRODUCT DESIGN USING SECONDARY RAW MATERIALS IN THE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND CERAMICS INDUSTRY

Amounting to a total quantity of approximately 85 million tonnes, building rubble and secondary construction raw materials constitute one of the largest waste streams in Bavaria (this reflects the situation in 2008). Less than two thirds of that building rubble, which consists of bricks, concrete, and mortar, is actually recycled And only around 5% of the substances recycled are ultimately re-used in the form of high-quality materials used for the construction of buildings.  more about this project

Bio-polymers - Biodegradable bio-plastics

THE BIO-BASED PRODUCTION OF BIODEGRADABLE BIOPLASTIC POLYBUTYRIC ACID

Plastics are useful and have become indispensable in our everyday lives. Packaging and plastic bags in particular are thrown away after a single use and pose a threat to our environment if disposed of carelessly, or even in the prescribed manner. Viewed on a global scale, carelessly discarded plastic waste is clustering together on the world’s oceans to form huge floating islands of waste, while microplastics resulting from the degradation of the waste are accumulating in the food chain.  more about this project

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CERES - Chemical recycling of epoxy resin-based materials

CHEMICAL RECYCLING OF EPOXY RESIN-BASED MATERIALS

Lightweight construction requires materials that demonstrate high resilience and rigidity while having a low net weight, which is why fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) are used in automotive construction, aviation, and the production of wind turbines.  more about this project

EWA-Welle - Renewable power and hydropower

RENEWABLE POWER AND HYDROPOWER – DETERMINATION OF THE WAVE SURGE AT STORAGE POWER PLANTS USING NUMERICAL METHODS

Water reservoirs such as dams and pumped-storage power plants contribute to achieving the energy transition by storing water and power sustainably and efficiently. The reliable supply of drinking and service water, the guarantee of flood protection for downstream residents, and the electrical power yield from such a plant are critically dependent on the volume of water that can be stored.  more about this project

Gagendta+ - Recovering selected technology metals

MODULAR PROCESS CHAIN FOR DECENTRALIZED RECOVERY OF SELECTED TECHNOLOGY METALS

Technology metals and rare earth elements are important raw materials for high-tech industrialized nations. In particular, the elements gallium, germanium, neodymium, and tantalum, which are used in electronic devices, are considered especially valuable due to their high demand and limited availability.  more about this project

Graphite 2.0 - Secondary graphite from recycled carbon fibres

DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE EXTRACTION OF SECONDARY GRAPHITE FROM RECYCLED CARBON FIBRES

Used as a raw material in high-tech industry, graphite is actually a rare and sought-after mineral, which, up to now, has had to be imported into Europe from third countries. The aim of a new research project at Nuremberg Tech is to develop a process for the extraction (or recovery) of secondary graphite from recycled carbon fibres.  more about this project

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HUEBRO - Raising the level of houses in flood-prone areas

RAISING THE LEVEL OF HOUSES IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS, TAKING AS AN EXAMPLE THE VILLAGE OF BROCKWITZ ON THE BANKS OF THE ELBE

As a result of climate change, severe flooding events are now an ever more frequent occurrence in Germany. In order to provide protection against the damage caused by rising water levels, dikes have been erected for centuries. In urban areas, the high cost of construction, the large amount of space required and the fact that constructing a dike does not always meet with public acceptance, mean that the use of dikes is frequently impossible. One of the preferred alternatives takes the form of a substitute consisting of a static, freestanding sheet piling.  more about this project

Microalgae - Sustainable aquaculture

MICROALGAE FOR SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE

Within the bio-economy, biological resources are used in the production of chemicals, resources, foodstuffs, animal feed, and energy. Those production processes make use of sustainable raw materials, without creating unusable by-products. For example, microalgae are capable of producing a wide variety of products: active agents for pharmaceuticals, cosmetic products, fine chemicals, colorants, food supplements such as polyunsaturated fatty acids, food products for humans and animals and aquaculture, and even mass chemicals and bioenergy.  more about this project

Netfit - Air filters in drinking water plants

INNOVATIVE FILTER FOR AIR IN DRINKING WATER PLANTS

For the preparation and storage of drinking water, the regulations concerning contamination and hygiene are particularly strict. For this reason, the air that comes into contact with drinking water must also be freed from dust, germs, and particles.  more about this project

NHK - Sustainability communication in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region

SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNICATION IN THE NUREMBERG METROPOLITAN REGION

During the project period, the coronavirus pandemic received maximal attention. The field of topics including climate change, climate protection, and sustainability is less debated, although it was still relevant until recently. However, experts recommend discussing these topics specifically now, so that after the pandemic, a more sustainable way of living can be realized.  more about this project

ReKomp - Recycling composite components

RECYCLING COMPOSITE PLASTIC COMPONENTS AS MATRIX MATERIALS

The ReKomp research project has the goal of optimally recycling large composite components, such as rotor blades from wind turbines. Currently, the dismantling of large-scale composite components is carried out using saws or comparable mechanically laborious tools. This time-consuming process is frequently followed by transport of the dismantled components over large distances, which involves further labour and costs.  more about this project

ReRoBalsa - Recycling rotary blades

RECYCLING ROTOR BLADES TO EXPLOIT BALSA WOOD/FOAM FOR THE PRODUCTION OF INSULATION MATERIALS

A large proportion of renewable energies are generated by wind turbines. The rotor blades on these plants have an average service life of 10 to 20 years. After this time has expired, they are incinerated with a limited energy gain, which makes any further use of the materials impossible.  more about this project

Silicones - Biodegradable silicones

BIODEGRADABLE SILICONES

During the past 50 years, silicones have been used in countless applications in industrial as well as domestic contexts. Due to their properties, which distinguish them from organic plastics, they are used as anti-foam compounds in detergents, in the food industry, and in cosmetics and hygiene products, such as shampoos.  more about this project

SmartOSE - Optical sensors

OPTICAL SENSORS FOR MONITORING EARTH STRUCTURES

In order to protect danger zones from the consequences of sinkholes or other georisks, safety devices containing integrated geoplastics are used. These building products, which are predominantly manufactured by textile engineering, are highly elastic and can be used permanently and cheaply to reinforce the ground.  more about this project

WDVS - Recycling exterior insulation and finish systems

RECYCLING EXTERIOR INSULATION AND FINISH SYSTEMS

Because of the rising energy requirements of buildings, exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) have been used to insulate building façades since the 1970s. Given the long service life of these composite materials, only occasional dismantling operations have occurred so far. The currently small amount of waste incurred by this is chiefly burnt in waste incineration plants.  more about this project