Together with the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the Fraunhofer IMWS, based in Halle, launched a research group on Carbon Cycle Technologies in 2017, working on the efficient, resource-saving and climate-neutral use of carbon carriers.

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Using new processes and technologies on an industrial scale, the researchers from the Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering (IEC) at the TU Bergakademie and the Fraunhofer IMWS want to enable the most CO2-emission-free, efficient and resource-conserving use of carbon sources possible, even beyond crude oil, natural gas, hard coal and lignite. This will include plastic and biomass waste, but also renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power as well as CO2-neutral hydrogen.

Together with German and international partners, economic and sustainable solutions are thus being developed for pressing social issues, such as the use of plastic waste as a source of raw materials by means of innovative thermal-chemical conversion processes. The research group in Freiberg is integrated into the business unit "Chemical Conversion Processes" at the Fraunhofer IMWS and is supported by a four-year start-up funding from the state of Saxony. This is intended to strengthen the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's focus on the efficient use of carbon, the generation and integration of so-called green and blue hydrogen, and the closure of carbon cycles. To this end, the branch office cooperates closely with the Fraunhofer Hydrogen Labs.