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Research projects

Quelle: raumprobe OHG

Designing products that can be recycled and save resources is becoming increasingly important from a sustainability perspective and is attracting more and more attention. Designers and product developers are therefore very interested in the sustainable design of their products, taking bio-based materials into account.

Quelle: Crafting Future GmbH

The overall objective of the research project is to develop the most sustainable and recyclable reusable bowls with lids made of bio-based and/or recycled plastics that circulate in Germany's largest deposit system for "to go" food and at the same time remain in the material cycle through recycling at the end of their life cycle. Both bio-based or recycled plastics as well as sensible combinations of both types of plastics can be used as starting materials. The use of a mono-material is essential to ensure recyclability.

Source: IfBB
Source: IfBB

The aim of the SpaPlast project is to contribute to a circular, sustainable bioeconomy for application-related product development. To this end, the project is investigating the extent to which asparagus peels, which are produced in large quantities during the industrial processing of asparagus, can serve as fillers for biocomposite materials. The main focus is on creating the technical prerequisites for the use of biogenic residues.

Source: ContiTech / Pflitsch / Mann+Hummel

The HoT-BRo feasibility study demonstrated the possibility of substituting petro-based plastics with bio-based plastics in the engine compartment of combustion engines. Building on these results, the HoT-BRo2 project aims to develop and modify specific materials in order to make thermoplastic bioplastics and biocomposites suitable for use in the high-temperature range across all sectors of industry.

Source: Andreas Hilbeck/

In the research project "InteReSt II - Further development of a functionally integrative and resource-saving lightweight structure for aviation", a hybrid lightweight structure made of bio-based and conventional materials is to be developed for aviation using a helicopter cabin door as an example, building on the previous project InteReSt.