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How food scraps will power airplanes in the future

World's first plant to produce fuel from biogas put into operation

29-Jul-2022

In order to convert food scraps and other biological waste back into usable materials, the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS has joined forces with industry and research partners to build a plant in Thallwitz near Leipzig that is unique worldwide. This produces ...

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Powering ships with hydrogen from methanol

The principle of generating hydrogen from methanol can also be applied in a range of scenarios in the chemical industry

05-Jul-2022

Shipping is one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gases, and this is leading shipbuilders and operators on a search for environmentally friendly alternative propulsion systems. Researchers at Fraunhofer have joined forces with partners to develop the HyMethShip concept, in which ...

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How glass learns to illuminate itself and create heat

Among other things, this can be used to produce electrically conductive and self-heating glass microreactors for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries

31-Mar-2022

Glass objects which glow in the dark, glass containers that heat up and cool down, or glass control knobs and switches that eliminate viruses and bacteria by themselves – all this seems to completely contradict our everyday experience of what glass can do. And yet, it is now within reach. To ...

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Ceramic technologies for highly efficient power-to-X processes

15-Oct-2019

The speedy reduction of worldwide CO2 emissions is one of the most pressing and challenging tasks of our time. Alongside the strategy of avoiding CO2 emissions altogether, there are a number of technologies which transform unavoidable CO2 into valuable products. But these so-called power-to-X ...

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New membrane reactors supply "green" raw materials for chemical industry

15-Jun-2018

In the future, closed carbon loops play an important role to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and ensure safe and cost-effective access to carbon sources as the basis for products of the chemical industry. In order to increase the efficiency and thus profitability of the synthesis ...

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Fast, accurate, non-contact, non-destructive

Process monitoring with laser speckle photometry

07-Jun-2016

Since the 1960s speckle patterns are used for the evaluation of quality-relevant material parameters and defects. The laser speckle photometry works without reference beam unlike other speckle-based processes. This allows for a simple and robust construction, which can be easily integrated into ...

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Industrial product and component labeling for extreme process conditions

31-Mar-2016

Researchers at Fraunhofer IKTS developed a robust solution for the individual labeling of components and products. It withstands extreme environmental influences, can be applied within seconds and read-out reliably. Therefore, the new development is suitable for the integration into industrial ...

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Electricity from waste heat made possible by ceramics

31-Mar-2016

Where conventional materials reach their limits, ceramics can display their excellent properties. Functional ceramics – so-called thermoelectric materials – can convert waste heat directly into electricity, for example, in high-temperature processes. Currently, less than half of the energy used ...

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Casting of SiSiC: new perspectives for chemical and plant engineering

08-Sep-2015

Despite its outstanding chemical, thermal and tribological properties, the high costs of production currently prevent the use of silicon-infiltrated SiSiC in many applications. A novel method overcomes technical manufacturing limitations of conventional shaping methods. Researchers at Fraunhofer ...

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Metal encapsulation optimizes chemical reactions

02-Jul-2015

The chemical industry consumes millions of tons of packing materials as catalytic support media or adsorbents in fixed-bed reactors and heat storage systems. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a means of encapsulating these filler particles in metal that multiplies their thermal conductivity ...

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