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Energy and environment

A reliable and economical energy supply and the efficient use of resources represent the backbone of any modern industrial society. In view of the limited nature of energy resources such as coal, oil and natural gas and the rising energy demand of emerging national economies there is an urgent need for action to secure future energy supply around the world. In addition, climate change is forcing a restructuring of our energy supply, primarily for the further emission reduction of climate-damaging greenhouse gases such as CO2. Limited resources must be used as conservatively as possible with more efficient processes such as optimized catalysis or improved material separation.

The seven projects in the Energy and Environment category focus on these tasks. Their goal is to improve existing applications with promising new developments in catalysis and material separation as well as energy conversion, storage, and optimized use and to generate entirely new applications in this field.

This includes innovations in the area of catalyst, fuel cell and battery technology, CNTbased inks for solar cell development as well as membranes for energy-efficient seawater desalination and gas separation.

All projects of the innovation alliance Inno.CNT have already been completed. Hence, the web presence is no longer maintained. Project results are still available in the download section. Further information concerning CNTs and other carbon nano-materials can be obtained from the website or via