Waste to Value
The economy of the future will reduce fossil and environmentally harmful processes due to the global challenges of climate change and resource scarcity. It uses bio-based raw materials and closed-loop recycling management to produce in a resource-saving and energy-efficient manner. Services and products are assessed according to bioeconomic and socio-ecological criteria. This bio-economic transformation holds great potential for innovations and bio-inspired products and services, which offer new opportunities for structurally weak regions in particular to develop economic advantages.
Existing expertise and innovation potentials provide a far-sighted impulse: Microorganisms! Microorganisms recycle biogenic waste and residual materials and feed them into higher-value biobased processes. Research, development and technology transfer in the region have innovative lighthouse projects (e.g. real microbial laboratory: Power to Gas; research projects: terrestrial microalgae), which address the novel material and bioenergetic use of residual materials in the form of closed loop recycling management. Microorganisms open up the megatrend of biobased conversion and thereby initiate the economic change towards a promising bio-economy - a tangible opportunity for the region!
Therefore, the aim of the project Waste2Value is to link the bio-economic and socio-ecological potentials of the West Palatinate and neighbouring regions in order to implement bio-inspired and sustainable value-added cycles in start-ups, companies and industry via microbial conversion and thereby strengthen them. Together with the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern and the PFI Pirmasens, we have successfully applied for project funding within the BMBF funding program "WE! - Change through Innovation in the Region".
In the coming months, the focus will be on bringing together demanders, users and developers from the region and developing suitable innovation projects. End products microbially transformed from residual materials (e.g. green building blocks) and bio-inspired materials (e.g. bioplastics and adhesives) are to be added for recycling in the regional economic competencies, for example in the areas Plastics & Adhesives Technology; Shoe Leather Textiles; Automotive; Food & Beverage Industry as well as future lead markets (recycling management, bio-economy, climate protection, bio-based future materials, sustainable mobility).