NK2 Network for a Circular Carbon Economy

Carbon-containing raw materials are vital resources for the German industry and underpin its wealth. A transition towards a circular carbon facilitates the sustainable utilization of carbon raw materials via a coupling of the energy, chemical, engineering, waste management and recycling sectors. The initiative by Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS brings together partners from industry and science to jointly develop innovative and marketable solutions for a circular carbon economy.



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The information graphic shows a simplified representation of a carbon cycle. On the outside is the energy cycle, marked with power plants, biogas plants, wind turbines and electricity grids. From this, electricity, hydrogen, CH4 and CO2 pass into the recycling cycle. This shows waste and biogenic residues, electrolysers and alternative fuels. From this recycling cycle, electricity is fed into the energy cycle.


Another workshop of the NK2 industry network for a circular carbon economy on the subject of chemical recycling of waste materials took place on October 5th. … weiterlesen

Start slide with title of the NK2 workshop and logos of the participating partne
On 16th June 2021, the German National Network for a Circular Carbon Economy (NK2) organized yet another successful online workshop. … weiterlesen

Various materials for chemical recycling
The Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering, TU Bergakademie Freiberg (IEC) has been awarded a grant by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) to develop recommendations for systemic evaluation of chemical recycling technologies. … weiterlesen

Close-up molecular structure
Resourceful companies and university institutes are converting waste into hydrogen. The processes are promising, but the practical test on an industrial scale is still to come. … weiterlesen

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