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University of Technology Hamburg, Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kerstin Kuchta (DE)

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Waste Resource Management at the Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics (IUE) addresses all questions related the resource management, waste to energy systems, polymer recycling and recovery of rare metals from wastes.

PRELAB

3D printing from recycled polymers
3D printing from recycled polymers
  • Quality assessment of recycled packaging
  • Optimization of process parameters in extrusion and injection molding
  • Monitoring influences of impurities in polymer material of mechanical properties
  • Degradation assessment using fast optical NIR-measurement

BioTech

Anaerobic digestion reactors at IUE
Anaerobic digestion reactors at IUE
  • Development and operation of bio test systems under anaerobic and aerobic conditions
  • Balancing of pollutants and product degradation in bioconversion processes
  • Process optimisation of bio methane and bio hydrogen technology
  • Development of integrated waste treatment systems
  • Simulation of waste degradation under landfill conditions
  • Monitoring of emission potential

BIOTOPE

Microscopic examination of microalgae at IUE
Microscopic examination of microalgae at IUE
  • Cultivation systems in the form of closed photobioreactors (6 L, 30 L and 8 x 180 L), raceway pond (5000 L) and application of Solar Tracking technology
  • Measurement technique to monitor process parameter e.g. light intensity, temperature and pH-value
  • Peripheral devices for the realization of the bio-refinery concept: Biogas plant (Volume 2 m3 ), CHP and membrane separator

WEEEA: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment & Ashes

Recovery of rare earth metals from WEEE
Recovery of rare earth metals from WEEE
  • Research on substitution of primary resources
  • Development of innovative processes for the metals recovery
  • Phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge ash
  • Alternative utilization of bottom ashes