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  • Technologies for Sustainability and Climate Protection – Chemical Processes and Use of CO2

    The BMBF-funded research and development programme ‘Technologies for Sustainability and Climate Protection – Chemical Processes and Use of CO2’ ran from 2010 to the end of 2016 and covered the following main areas: ‘Using CO2 as a feedstock for the chemical industry’, ‘Chemical energy storage’ and ‘Energy-efficient processes’. Each of these main areas is accompanied in this final report by a review article that pro-vides a comprehensive overview of the topic. The 33 projects that received funding have been classified into these three main areas or clusters. A short article has been provided for each research project and focuses on presenting the central results of the project. In the ‘Energy-efficient processes’ cluster, the review article, which covers the subject of carbon capture, serves as an example of the very diverse range of projects grouped in this part of the report.

  • Nachhaltige Kunststoffwertschöpfungskette: Pilotfall Kunststoffe in Bauwirtschaft und Gebäude

    Das BMBF-Pilotvorhaben KUBA - Nachhaltige Kunststoffwertschöpfungskette: Pilotfall Kunststoffe in Bauwirtschaft und Gebäuden hat die Entwicklung eines Konzeptes zur nachhaltigen Kreislaufführung von Kunststoffen aus der Bauwirtschaft und Gebäuden zum Ziel. Unter Betrachtung und Einbeziehung der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette werden in KUBA grundlegende Daten zu Kunststoffen im Baubestand, Stoffströmen aus der Bauwirtschaft sowie zu Prozessketten zur Erfassung und Sammlung, Rückführlogistik und der Sortierung gemischter Bauabfälle erhoben. Darüber hinaus werden die Aufbereitung und Verfahren zur rohstofflichen Verwertung von Wärmedämmverbundsystemen untersucht. Alle erfassten Daten und Ergebnisse werden anschließend bezüglich grundsätzlicher Aspekte zur Nachhaltigkeit und der wirtschaftlichen Umsetzbarkeit bewertet.

  • AchemAsia 2019 - Call for Papers

    The AchemAsia conference focuses on topics that are highly relevant for China’s process industry. Papers can be submitted until 10 January 2019.

  • DECHEMA Colloquium "Recycling Challenges, Technologies and Solutions for Li-Ion-Batteries"

    DECHEMA colloquium on 09 November 2018 at DECHEMA Haus, Frankfurt/Main. The colloquium is supported by the project AutoBattRec of EIT RawMaterials.

  • Final Report ACHEMA 2018

    Higher international character, clear trends, satisfied exhibitors, but fewer visitors: these arethe keywords to summarize ACHEMA 2018.

  • Position paper Advanced alternative liquid fuels

    For climate protection in the global raw materials change - Position paper of the ProcessNet Working Group “Alternative Liquid and Gaseous Fuels”

  • Polymers and Fuels from Renewable Resources

    Otto Roelen Medal for Charlotte K. Williams Oxford University / UK The award ceremony will take place on 15 March 2018 during the 51th Annual Meeting of German Catalysis Scientists in Weimar.

  • Infotag "Vom mineralischen Reststoff zum Ersatzbaustoff"

      Baustoffe wie Sand und Kies landen nach der Nutzungsphase oftmals auf der Deponie, während der Bedarf für neue Bauwerke aus natürlichen...

  • Infotag "Vom mineralischen Reststoff zum Ersatzbaustoff"

      Baustoffe wie Sand und Kies landen nach der Nutzungsphase oftmals auf der Deponie, während der Bedarf für neue Bauwerke aus natürlichen...

  • Low-carbon plastic from steel industry flue gases

    Carbon4PUR project explores industrial symbiosis between steel and chemical industry to produce polymer foams and coatings from steel off-gases Flue gases from steel manufacturing contain a mixture of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, valuable feedstock gases for chemical production. Manufacturing high value polyurethane materials from these flue gases to is the ambition of Carbon4PUR, a 7.8 Mill. Euro Horizon2020 project with 14 partners from 8 countries, coordinated by Covestro. The unique Carbon4PUR technology will valorise steel off-gas without previous cleaning or separation of the gas components. This flexible and energy efficient technology will allow a reduction of the CO2 footprint of polyurethane production by 20-60% and substitution of at least 15% of the oil-based reactants by waste-gas based carbon. A collaboration between value chain partners and experts The Carbon4PUR consortium comprises industrial partners along the entire value chain. Flue gas is provided by steel manufacturer Arcelor Mittal to feed the production of polyurethane intermediates at Covestro. Polyurethane manufacturers Recticel N.V. in Belgium and Megara Resins S.A. in Greece are involved as downstream producers, testing the intermediates for the manufacturing of rigid foams and polymer dispersions. The Port of Marseille Fos, an industrial production site for both Covestro and ArcelorMittal, is the model site for which the industrial symbiosis concept will be evaluated. Leading European research and technology support partners are involved to further develop and evaluate the Carbon4PUR technology: the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission and RWTH Aachen University for process design and catalyst development; Ghent University for flue gas treatment; Leiden University and TU Berlin for life cycle and techno-economic assessment;; sustainability solutions provider South Pole Group for investigating social impacts and mechanisms for market uptake; and PNO Consultants for value chain and stakeholder analysis. DECHEMA will provide mapping and assessment of potential replication sites for the technology, together with Imperial College in London, and is responsible for dissemination and communication.

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