National Projects

pop-up environments
Door look

Urban pop-up housing environments and their potential as local innovation systems The need for temporary housing particularly in urban environments is expected to increase dramatically. To address these urgent demands, it is important to find affordable and flexible but sustainable and reusable concepts that are easy to construct and rapid to implement. However, to go one step further, temporary housing will be... Read more

Plant laboratory
herbert_re

The project plant laboratory or “Pflanzenwerkstatt” in German aims to create a new approach of plant production and food production to students of different ages and backgrounds. With a focus on circular economy and urban farming we will demonstrate new concepts directly in classrooms. Hydroponic systems will be installed in different schools and students will have the responsibility to grow crops and take over control throughout the whole life cycle.... Read more

Bioplastics Roadmap Austria 2050
Hourglass with crude oil pump

Plastics from fossil raw materials are associated with numerous environmental problems. Potential negative effects arise from the promotion of crude oil through the whole chain to the disposal of plastics. Only a small part of the produced plastics is recycled, the main part is deposited, thermally recycled or pollutes the environment. The long endurance of plastic products  is a serious problem for ecosystems, as they accumulate in considerable amounts.... Read more

MFA biobased industry
paradigm change

Material flow analysis of the material utilisation of fossil carbon in Austria with a focus on the transformation into a bio-based industry The aim of the project is the survey of the current material flow of carbon for material utilisation and the determination of biobased substitution options for Austria. The established fossil value chains will be interconnected to the compiled development pathways, identifying areas of a quantitative overburden of... Read more

GRecoMet
water body with red algae

Green Recovery of Metals Tapping the results from Bio-Ore and PhytoMine, GRecoMet  is set up as a pioneering project exploring new pathways of non-ferrous metal recovery. Metals, diffusely dispersed in waste incineration ash, are brought in solution through microbial leaching in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way. Depending on the characteristics of the different metals and the specific method, up to 100% mobilization is expected. The... Read more

PhytoMine
Establish high surface area for substrate

Within this project metal accumulating plant species were cultivated on different slag substrate mixtures in lab and field scale experiments to analyse the uptake of metals in various plants, as well as plant parts. These trials took place for two years in the green house and two years in field trials on the landfill Rautenweg to gather application-oriented data for the implementation of the concept of recovering metals by hyperaccumulating plants.... Read more

Bio-Ore
bio-ore trials

Recovering metals from sewage sludge and similar substances by hyperaccumulator plants. The enrichment of metals from diffusely distributed concentrations (e.g. sewage and sewage sludges), is possible using currently available technology systems only with great expenditure of energy. This exploratory project investigates the usability of the adaptation strategy of plants that hyperaccumulate metals in their tissue. Different analysis should... Read more

gugler
gugler house

This project is a "Building of Tomorrow Plus" key project. The aim of this key project is a new dimension of sustainability: cradle to cradle for operation and buildings, which means zero emission, zero energy, zero waste. This will be shown by the lighthouse project Gugler GmbH, a modern sustainable media service operation (classic print and new media, which will be extended from the current level about 2100 square meters and about 90 employees to... Read more

KernCraft
Kern_Collage_gross

Until now kernels occur in Austria and neighboring countries in large quantities only as waste. Although incurred in the production of jams, liqueurs, juices, etc. every year more than 550 000 tonnes of kernels accure. The biomass isn't allocated to a valorisation, generally the seeds rot or be burned. In Austria, although some products from fruit kernels are available, but they are imported. The appreciation of our original resources will not take... Read more