Water Management

Water Management

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  • 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.

  • 22. International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium

    Invitation The biannual International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium is the global forum for experts from academia and industry active in the fields...

  • 2nd International MerWaterDays meets DECHEMA-Kolloquium

    Kolloquium zum Thema "High Performance Water Technologies" am Donnerstag, den 21. September 2017 um 9:00 Uhr an der Hochschule Merseburg, Ende gegen 15:00 Uhr

  • 10. Bundesalgenstammtisch

    Rückblick auf den 10. Bundesalgenstammtisch in Merseburg Optimierung von Produktionsverfahren mit Mikroalgen Produktionskosten sind der...

  • ACHEMA 2018: Great Expectations for the World Forum of the Process Industries

    Some 9 months before the start there are unmistakable signs that ACHEMA 2018 will be a crowd-puller. More than 2700 exhibitors from all around the globe have already booked a stand at this leading show for the process industries in Frankfurt am Main.

  • ACHEMA 2018 – Call for Papers for Congress and PRAXISforums

    Contributions to the congress program and PRAXISforums of ACHEMA 2018 can be submitted as of now. Scientists from industry and research institutions are invited to submit their papers until September 22, 2017 via internet

  • Biowaste derived volatile fatty acid platform for biopolymers, bioactive compounds and chemical building blocks

    VOLATILE is a large scale project in the frame of Horizon 2020 involving 21 industry and research partners from nine European countries.

    The project’s intention is to develop a Volatile Fatty Acids Platform (VFAP) for the economic utilization of municipal as well as industrial biowaste. Fatty acids will continuously be recovered from anaerobic digestion processes applying membrane technology and will be provided for value added fermentation approaches:

    1. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) for material applications will be obtained via bacterial fermentation.
    2. Single cell oils (SCOs) as precursors for oleo-chemical industry will be received from cultivation of yeast.
    3. Omega-3 fatty acids to be used as food ingredients or nutraceuticals will be derived from heterotrophic microalgae.

    The evolvement of the new value-added chains will be supported by findings of executed case studies and market analyses. Furthermore, the processes will be optimized applying agent-based modeling. To ensure environmentally friendly and economical reasonable process design, VOLATILE additionally will be accompanied by a life cycle assessment (LCA) and an economic feasibility study. Business cases will be developed and a CEN workshop will support standardization on “Sustainable use of municipal solid and sludgy biowaste for added value biomolecules for industrial application”.

  • PRAXISforum Enzymes for Industrial Applications 2016

    Download Programme Enzymes are considered to be little miracle substances for innovation, process advantages and cost reductions. Whether in the food...

  • Willi Keim Prize for an Outstanding Young Chemist

    The Willi Keim Prize is being awarded to Dr. Ulrich Hintermair, University of Bath / United Kingdom, for his original and creative contributions to the design of catalytic systems based on molecular complexes in alternative fluids and solid matrices. The biennial Willi Keim Prize is awarded to younger scientists for fundamental and original research work in the field of advanced fluids, and comes with a prize money of 2,000 Euros.

  • Call for nominations for the Alwin Mittasch Prize

    Outstanding contributions towards extending the fundamentals of catalysis and its exemplary industrial application will be awarded

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