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.
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.