Research and development services at the Alzenau and Hanau sites


Location Alzenau (Bavaria)


Location Hanau (Hesse)

Initial situation and foundation impulse

© Rainer Taepper
New building of Fraunhofer IWKS at the Alzenau site
© Wolf Dieter Gericke
New building of Fraunhofer IWKS at the Hanau site

The establishment of the Fraunhofer Project Group IWKS and its positioning in the Rhine/Main region was decisively influenced by companies that had already cooperated with the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg, the "parent institute" of the Project Group IWKS. With its initiative to establish a Fraunhofer Institute in the industrial area Aschaffenburg/Hanau, an institution was to be created which develops research and technology know-how in the field of recycling and substitution in close exchange with the companies.

This initiative was taken up by the federal states of Bavaria and Hesse and supported with considerable financial resources for the establishment of the Project Group IWKS. The aim is to structurally strengthen the region by institutionalising cutting-edge research and transferring the results into innovative products. As the region has universities and colleges with a scientific, materials science and engineering orientation, the Project Group IWKS is intended to develop a centre of competence network for resource strategy, resource cycles and substitution, thereby also achieving a structural strengthening of the research landscape.

Funding information

Gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

The new building of Fraunhofer IWKS at the Alzenau site was supported by the Operational Program "Investments in Growth and Employment" Bavaria with funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 in the amount of € 16.5 million.

The Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology (StMWi) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) each provided additional funding of €8.25 million for the new building in Alzenau and its initial equipment.

The new building of the Fraunhofer IWKS at the Hanau location and its initial equipment was supported by the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts (HMWK) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the amount of € 14.75 million each.

The Fraunhofer IWKS would like to thank all sponsors for supporting the realization and equipment of the new buildings in Alzenau and Hanau.