Research on the exploitation of unused waste streams for the generation of valuable biomass or the extraction of precious metals is increasing and has substantial market potential for a circular economy. The use of fossil resources may be reduced and the growing need for high-tech valuable material may be met.
This BLICKWINKEL provides an insight into our technological skills and solutions relevant to the issue. Our innovation in this field is based on microorganisms from BRAIN’s BioArchive which have been modified for particular applications. The aim is not to discard valuable resources but rather keep them in a long-term bioeconomic value chain.
One of our most recent projects in the areas Urban Mining and Green Mining, a particular highlight, was the manufacturing of a BRAIN BioXtractor for the extraction of precious metals like gold and silver from industry and household waste. In addition, two highly elaborate guest commentaries by Dr. Michael Carus, Managing Director of nova Institute, and the UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation, deal with the differences between bioeconomy and circular economy including an initiative called The New Plastics Economy.
We also provide insight into the topics of the ZeroCarbFP innovation alliance, which is coordinated by BRAIN and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Dr. Jörg Mampel from BRAIN explains how the dreaded greenhouse gas CO2 may be used for sustainable processes in industrial production. Our colleague, Dr. Birgit Heinze, describes the development of high-quality lubricant additives from waste chip fat – just to mention some of our diverse topics.