Many residual materials - arising in industrial productions and processing chains - are to date stored or burnt, or have to be disposed under high costs. But the as "waste" declared materials often contain valuable ingredients, which remain unused.

The cooperation network "Waste2Value" is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The IBB Netzwerk GmbH holds the network management and brings together partners from industry and academia for joint research projects. The network "Waste2Value" is a very fertile ground for innovations: Experts from various branches cover the complete value chain - from research and development, to production and commercialization.

The network partners work out concepts to profit from residual and waste material like bark, leaves or pomace.

Instead of burning or disposing the material, the partners want to extract valuable substances from biomass and process innovative, bio-based products.

By this means, existing oil-based commodities shall be replaced by bio-based products. Furthermore, functional substances extracted from residual material shall be used as additives to confer novel functions on established products. Examples are fragrances, flavorings, or colorants, but also the application in cosmetics is possible.

Benefits of the cooperation network "Waste2Value":

As feedstock only residual and waste material is used.

Waste is not burnt, but utilized in new products.

The CO2-balance of the new products is low compared to oil-based products.

The application of new materials yields new product properties.