October 05, 2020. A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) Münster, the Leuphana University and the German Institute for Food technology (DIL) has been nominated for the 9th German Sustainability Research Award, announced by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on the subject of urban bioeconomy. With a Dr. Natalie Laibach, a senior researcher member of the of STRIVE project is also part of this team.

The team’s innovative idea: the “Waste-to-Resource-Unit” bio-refinery should enable the conversion of organic raw materials into high-quality resources. Used in canteens or other facilities, mixed food waste is sanitized and individual components such as proteins and starch are extracted in order to produce algae biomass on site for use in food production. Depending on the composition of the leftover food, the extraction of pigments, vitamins or antioxidants is also possible. Thanks to the modular design, the waste-to-resource unit can be used flexibly and reduces transport routes to a minimum. The raw material efficiency in cities can thus be increased and environmental pollution reduced.

You can vote for the nominated ideas here: https://www.nachhaltigkeitspreis.de/forschung/

Here is the link to the idea: https://www.nachhaltigkeitspreis.de/forschung/waste-to-resource-unit/