Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Press Release 30.11.2017
For the sixth time,
the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) and the German Federal
Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear
Safety (BMUB) awarded the coveted IKU environmental prize with a total prize
money of 125,000 euros. 133 companies competed with their products and services
for prizes in five categories as well as for the special prize "Innovation
and Biodiversity", which was awarded for the second time. The jury's
decision was based on the scientific evaluation of the applications by
"Innovations are the foundation for tomorrow's industry. This is the only way for companies to survive in international competition", says BDI President Dieter Kempf. Producing companies want to remain reliable problem solvers in climate and environmental protection. Kempf emphasizes: "The Innovation Award for Climate and Environment emphasizes that environmental and climate protection requires an innovative industry."
Federal Environment Minister Dr. Barbara Hendricks states: "The award shows that innovation made in Germany also makes climate and environmental protection better. Better processes, products and services at the same time strengthen the competitiveness of the German economy and create sustainable jobs in Germany".
jury chaired by Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer, including Director of the Mercator
Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, has nominated 15
innovations from the categories climate-friendly process innovations, product
and service innovations, environmentally friendly technologies, eco-friendly
products and services as well as climate and environmental protection
technology transfer in developing and emerging countries and in Eastern
European countries. These now have the chance to win an award at the award
ceremony on 21 February 2018 in Berlin. This year again, the special prize
"Innovation and Biodiversity" will be awarded to innovations that help
protect the climate and the environment by improving biodiversity.
The jury's decision was based on the scientific evaluation of a total of 133 applications submitted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI.
The AGS process
technology, Stade, convinced with an innovative technique for power grid
expansion: the lift-assisted laying technique. It enables a sustainable,
cost-effective laying of ultra-long (over 2 kilometers) and active cooling of
ultra-thin (shorter than 2 meters path width) underground cables.
Christliche Fachkräfte International (CFI), Stuttgart, together with its
partner Ndejje Universität Maisspindeln, uses maize spindles as waste biomass
for the production of briquettes in Uganda in order to reduce deforestation and
increase the country's biodiversity, health and energy efficiency.
Creapaper GmbH from
Hennef was able to process grass fibres as raw material for paper production
purely mechanically and without chemical additives in order to develop more
environmentally friendly paper.
innovation of the Green Dot (DSD – Duales System Holding, Cologne) plastic
waste from the household collection is recycled to transparent sales packaging
for cleaning agents. This closed-loop recycling without the use of new plastics
saves valuable raw materials and significant amounts of CO₂ emissions.
process cooling system from Efficient Energy GmbH in Feldkirchen uses up to 80
percent less electrical energy than conventional refrigeration machines,
depending on the application.
In cooperation with
VTD Vakuumtechnik Dresden GmbH and Federal Mogul Burscheid GmbH, Fraunhofer
IWS, Dresden, developed a process that makes piston rings with super-hard
layers less friction-poor.
together with its customer, HELLER-LEDER GmbH & Co KG, produces tanning
agents from by-products of leather production in decentralized facilities
directly in tanneries according to the new x-biomer manufacturing process. This
saves fossil raw materials, waste and large quantities of energy for spray
drying and transport.
Germany, enables the long-awaited use of CO₂ air-conditioning
systems in production cars through components such as evaporators, gas coolers
and accumulators as well as a deep understanding of the system.
The Mayer &
Cie. GmbH & Co. KG from Albstadt convinced with the spinitsystems
technology, which replaces three conventional machines in the spinning and
knitting process of textile production with a single machine, thus saving
energy and raw materials.
International GmbH, Berlin, has developed the concept of swarm electrification,
which is carried out together with its subsidiary ME SOLshare Ltd. in
Bangladesh. Existing solar panels from neighboring households are connected
with the help of intelligent controllers (SOLbox) and enable a decentralised
network structure. The solar power produced can thus be used more extensively
and sold between households.
AG (RENAC), Berlin, promotes the markets for green energy and climate
protection through capacity building in the financial sector of emerging
markets. Its approach to knowledge transfer on renewable energies and energy
efficiency as well as on international financing instruments helps to stimulate
Together with Texas
Instruments Deutschland GmbH, Fraunhofer EMFT and Muegge GmbH, Solvay Fluor
GmbH has developed the ecoFluor process for cleaning coating chambers in semiconductor
production, which does without the use of climate-damaging gases and at the
same time reduces energy consumption.
With Clean Peptide
Technology (CPT), Sulfotools GmbH, Darmstadt, invented a new process for the
production of peptides in which toxic organic solvents are replaced by water by
the modification of protective groups.
With its ESyCool
green system for food retailing, Viessmann Kühlsysteme GmbH from Hof/Saale is
saving electricity by implementing the entire energy management system for cooling
the refrigerated shelves and building heating via small, hermetically sealed
heat pumps using the fluorine-free refrigerant R290 (propane).
The watttron GmbH, Freital, developed cera2heat, a new heating system for
thermoforming processes for the production of packaging such as yoghurt cups.
This saves 30 percent each of plastic and heating energy.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI analyzes the origins and impacts of innovations. We research the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the impacts of new technologies and services on society. On this basis, we are able to provide our clients from industry, politics and science with recommendations for action and perspectives for key decisions. Our expertise is founded on our scientific competence as well as an interdisciplinary and systemic research approach.
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