Today's waste becomes tomorrow's resource: "Waste4Future" paves new ways for plastics recycling

Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer IMWS, seven institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are pooling their competencies in the lead project "Waste4Future" to develop new solutions for the recycling of carbon-containing waste.

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CARBOLIQ-Pilotanlage zur Verölung von aus Haus- und Gewerbemüll gewonnenen Ersatzbrennstoffen im Entsorgungszentrum Ennigerloh – Deutschland

Deriving raw materials from waste: Fraunhofer IMWS and RECENSO establish a partnership for chemical recycling

Chemical recycling has tremendous potential to make intelligent use of waste and to allow for a climate-friendly carbon cycle economy at the same time. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) and the RECENSO GmbH have agreed to establish a strategic partnership to refine a technology to convert waste containing carbon into valuable raw materials; these can be used in the chemical industry to replace petroleum.

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Workshop 40 experts
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More than 40 experts from Poland, the Czech Republic, China and Germany exchanged views in the workshop.

Workshop on the sustainable use of domestic carbon resources

Technology development can contribute significantly to an efficient and environmentally friendly use of domestic carbon resources. This is the result of a two-day workshop with participants from China, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany, which took place at the invitation of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Berlin.

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Carbon Conversion

We are working on the efficient, resource-saving, and climate-neutral use of carbon resources, and are thus contributing to the development of efficient and sustainable solutions to pressing issues in society. The goal is to integrate sources of carbon back into the process chains (chemical recycling) using new technologies available for large-scale use, and therefore to close the carbon cycle. At the same time, the economically competitive production of mass products (such as basic chemicals, plastics) and high-priced special products (such as carbon fibers, extraction substances) based on domestic carbon resources should be made possible, including waste materials present in a wide range of qualities like plastic and biomass waste.

The links to the production and storage of electricity from renewable sources and of green hydrogen as well as the recycling of waste containing carbon, all of which are important building blocks for a circular carbon economy, will also be examined.


We offer:

  • Integrated technology development for the effective and sustainable use of domestic carbon resources
  • New and advanced processes for extraction and solvolysis, pyrolysis, gasification, gas purification and waste water treatment, CO2-tolerant and CO2-based syntheses, waste preparation, conveying and feeding systems for coal and waste materials
  • Analysis of carbon resources and their conversion products
  • Pilot-scale systems for testing the various substances used based on different conversion concepts and under near-industrial conditions
  • Supplementary research for model-based (predictive) design, control, and regulation; new material and process sensors for highly efficient control and regulation: integrated process chains for the carbon cycle; and  development and testing of alternative material systems in areas subject to high thermal and chemical stresses.