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  • Bavarian Delegation visits Egypt

    Press Information / 12.11.2019

    Under the leadership of Roland Weigert, State Secretary in the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, a delegation of representatives from industry and science visited Egypt from October 26 to 30, 2019. Prof. Dr. Rudolf Stauber represented the Fraunhofer IWKS.

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  • © StMUV

    Prof. Dr. Armin Reller, co-founder and former scientific director of the Fraunhofer IWKS, was awarded the Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Congratulations to an outstanding scientist and pioneer of resource research from the Fraunhofer Institution for Material Cycles and Resource Strategy IWKS.

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  • Together with the environmental consulting company envitec-k, the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS has started a new research project to develop a new type of collection system. The Automatic Waste Collecting & Pre-Sorting System (AWCPSS) aims to classify and sort waste directly in residential areas. The system analyses the contents of a discarded waste bag and reports the result directly to the user. This means that incorrect throws or excessive contamination with other waste groups or impurities can be efficiently corrected on site.

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  • © Fraunhofer IWKS

    E-waste contains many recyclable materials that should be recovered for recycling. These include high-quality metals such as gold, copper, tantalum and rare earth elements, but also high-quality plastics. While some metals such as gold and copper, for example, can already be recovered efficiently, many valuable materials and around half of the low-concentration metals contained in e-waste are still lost in conventional recycling processes. A consortium consisting of the Technische Universität Aschaffenburg, the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS and the industrial partners Sesotec and Mairec has now set itself the goal within the framework of the project "IRVE - Innovative Recycling Processes for Electronic Waste" of finding new processes for the efficient recovery of components containing valuable materials from electronic waste.

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  • E-Mobility meets Circular Economy

    Press information / 12.7.2019

    © IMC AG

    From July 1-3, 2019, experts from around the world met at the E-Mobility & Circular Economy (EMCE 2019) Conference in Tokyo to explore how electromobility can contribute to a sustainable and responsible approach to our environment. Researchers from Fraunhofer IWKS showed their innovative approaches to battery recycling.

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  • Circular Economy on Taiwan's Agenda

    Presse Release / 5.6.2019

    On May 29, 2019, a delegation from ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan) visited the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS.

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  • Fraunhofer IWKS Concludes International Research Cooperation Agreement with Ethiopia / 2019

    Joining Forces for More Sustainability and Resource Protection

    Press Release / 30.4.2019

    The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS with locations in Alzenau (Bavaria) and Hanau (Hesse) has concluded a research cooperation with the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). This is the first cooperation in the field of environmental protection within the Fraunhofer organization with a research institution in Ethiopia.

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  • For eight years now, the Fraunhofer Project Group for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS has been successfully driving forward the securing of raw material supplies in Germany. The research group was founded under the umbrella of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research and has been growing continuously ever since. As of April 8, it will be continued at its locations in Alzenau and Hanau as an independent Fraunhofer research institution under the name Fraunhofer IWKS.

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  • On February 26th, 2019 in Brussels, the German Resource Research Institute GERRI invit-ed high-level representatives from politics, research and industry for a debate on Eu-rope’s path towards a circular economy. During the roundtable organized by the net-work of resource research organizations in Germany, the experts looked at challenges but also discussed different solutions to establish a closed-loop life cycle for products in Europe.

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