Fraunhofer IWKS is nationally connected

Germany is considered a country poor in raw materials, but which itself has a high demand for (critical) raw materials in order to maintain its technological pioneering role. In order to keep the dependencies on other countries as low as possible, it is extremely important to bundle national competencies. Together with universities, colleges, research institutions, industry, associations and politics, Fraunhofer IWKS develops solutions.

German Resource Research Institute (GERRI)

The Fraunhofer IWKS has joined forces with leading German research institutions from the raw materials sector for the new joint project "German Resource Research Institute" (GERRI).  

GERRI is coordinated by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). GERRI is a network of eight research institutes in the field of raw materials and resources. The network bundles research competencies and technologies across the entire value chain of the material cycle of mineral and metalliferous raw materials - from mining extraction and processing to recycling and closed-loop materials management to the topics of sustainable raw materials supply. GERRI will support the Federal Government in implementing its recently adopted raw materials strategy.

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German Phosphorus Platform e. V. (DPP)

The German Phosphorus Platform e.V. brings together the knowledge and experience of stakeholders from the relevant industries, public and private organizations as well as research and development institutions with the aim of achieving a sustainable use of the valuable food substance phosphorus. In accordance with the focal points of resource strategies, recycling and substitution, the Fraunhofer IWKS and its partners develop recovery processes for phosphorus and its accompanying valuable materials.

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Society of Metallurgists und Miners (GDMB)

The GDMB is an internationally recognised specialist association for the promotion of scientific, technological, economic and ecological interests in the fields of raw materials and georesources, non-ferrous metallurgy, recycling and environmental technology.

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Network Resource Efficiency (NeRess)

The Network Resource Efficiency (NeRess) bundles interdisciplinary and practice-oriented know-how and experience on resource-saving production, products and management and serves the mutual information and networking of different actors.

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The Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

Since its foundation in 1974, the UBA has been Germany's central environmental authority. As Germany's central environmental authority, the UBA ensures that Germany has a healthy environment in which people can live as far as possible protected from harmful environmental effects, such as pollutants in air or water. The range of topics covered by UBA is broad - from waste avoidance and climate protection to the approval of plant protection products.

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WFZruhr e.V.

The WFZruhr is a voluntary initiative of public and private companies of the recycling economy. Currently 122 member companies use this competence network in the Ruhr area. The members see themselves as technology and system leaders and cover the entire service spectrum of the recycling industry.

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