INGRAIN:Innovation Alliance Agro-Textile-Food from remnant to valuable substance to nutrient
How can residual materials from the agricultural, textile and food industries be turned into valuable or nutritious materials? This is the goal of INGRAIN
- Project by WFG for the Heinsberg district with RWTH Aachen University and Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences selected by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, project website
- 250.000€ funding for concept phase in prospect
- Objective: Implementation by 2027
The new innovative concept INGRAIN, developed by the Heinsberg District Economic Development Corporation (WFG) and institutes of the RWTH Aachen University and Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied, was selected as part of the programme "Change through Innovation in the Region (WIR)" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to convert agricultural, textile and food waste into valuable and nutritious materials and thus create a bio-based, regional, cycle-oriented and sustainable use of resources. With initial funding of up to 250,000 euros, the researchers hope to turn the idea into a functional concept by next spring. In a further round of evaluation, it will then be decided whether the visions can be turned into reality in the Heinsberg district and its surroundings with the help of the funding. A funding of the order of millions over a period of up to six years is promised.
Consortium of applicants consists of:
- Economic Development Corporation (WFG) for the Heinsberg district Ltd.
- RWTH Aachen University
- with the Institut für Textiltechnik ITA
- and the Cybernetics Lab IMA & IfU
- Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences
- with the Competence Center Microbiology & Biotechnology (CCMB)