NATIONAL PROJECTS

DIRECT HUBS
Direct Hubs

Directive Regenerative Co-creative Transformation HUBS Project description DIRECT HUBS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkOXpfEK2Bg DIRECT HUBS will develop a concept for a sustainable, circular urban food system that can eliminate waste and close resource cycles. We integrate successful approaches of regionalization, direct marketing, community supported agriculture, zero waste, resource... Read more

LooPi

plant-based public urinal for women and men To coop with climate change cities invest in green infrastructure – horizontal and vertical green areas. Green areas need a lot of water for irrigation and nutrients for growth. alchemia-nova´s green walls run on wastewater, using contaminants as plant nutrients, thereby cleaning the water for re-use. “LooPi – the plant-based public urinal for... Read more

Austrian BioCycles

Austrian BioCycles will assess the streams of secondary biomass qualitatively and quantitatively and examine the theoretical substitution potential. We can base this study to a large extent on work that the consortium has already done within other studies. We will evaluate processing methodologies against the various conversion technologies of specific conversion rates and draw a comparison betwee... Read more

pop-up environments

Urban pop-up housing environments (PUEs) and their potential as local innovation systems The aim of the project The project aim is to contribute to the transition of the construction sector from linear to circular models, by using temporary PUEs, so as to make urban reuse strategies more sustainable in social, economic and environmental terms, in an attempt to find adaptable and... Read more

Plant laboratory

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... Read more

Bioplastics Roadmap Austria 2050

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... Read more

MFA biobased industry

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... 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... 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... Read more

Bio-Ore

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... Read more

gugler

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... Read more

KernCraft

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.... Read more