Together with the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences and the Pirmasens Testing and Research Institute, we were able to successfully qualify for the concept phase in mid-2020 as part of the BMBF funding program "WIR - Change through Innovations in the Region". The BMBF made 250,000 euros available for this, which could be used to create temporary positions at all three partners.
As a result of nine months of work, we submitted a concept for a regional funding program at the end of May 2021 under the title “Waste2Value - Microorganisms are changing the West Palatinate”. If the BMBF agrees, this will have a budget of up to 15 million euros. The funds are intended to trigger growth and innovation in the field of plastics and adhesives, in particular by integrating microbiological processes for converting waste and residues into bio-based raw materials. New, promising and sustainable products are the goal.
The special thing about Waste2Value is the combination of traditional skills from the shoe and textile industry in areas such as adhesives and plastics with industrial biotechnology, which has been established at various research institutions in the region in recent years. The aim is to develop processes “from biowaste to bioplastics” and validate them in demonstrators. Numerous companies from the West Palatinate have already been included in the development process. More information at www.w2v-rlp.de.
Project partners: University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern | PFI Pirmasens