Project Examples

ERDF-funded projects

Project Examples

This page contains some outstanding examples of ERDF-funded projects in Baden-Württemberg.

Wastewater treatment using activated carbon

Flood protection measures in Forchtenberg an der Kupfer Flood protection measures in Forchtenberg

  • Comprehensive risk avoidance measures

    In December 1993 the River Kupfer was in flood and caused considerable damage in Forchtenberg (District of Hohenlohe). Parts of the town and the industrial estate were flooded. Building work will protect the existing built-up area between the confluence of the rivers Kupfer and Kocher and the industrial estate located above the bridge on Öhringer Straße along the banks of the Kupfer against extreme flooding. These measures are part of the State of Baden- Württemberg's flood protection strategy.

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    RCE ERDF Project – Forchtenberg [02/13; 317 KB]

Thermal insulation modelled on a polar bear’s fur

  • Energy-efficient fabric structures which utilize solar thermal energy

    This project involves the use of innovative materials and processes to develop new structuresfor so-called “textile constructions”, such as stadium and airport roofs or for marquees. This membrane will prevent heat being radiated into the interior of the structure when outside temperatures are high and out from the interior when outside temperatures are low. It is supposed to have defined load capacity characteristics and flame retardant properties, will prevent condensation and on top generate solar thermal energy.

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    RCA ERDF Project – Polar Bear's Fur [02/13; 299 KB]

"Posidonia insulation"

  • Manufacturing resource-efficient and carbon-neutral high-quality technical insulating materials

    Large quantities of "Neptune balls" are washed up on the beaches of the Mediterranean, usually during the winter and spring months. The balls consist of fibre and root residues from the "Posidonia oceanica" a seagrass species. Technologically the balls have some very interesting low flammability properties and are resistant to mould. This project aims to develop processing techniques and production methods.

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    RCA ERDF Project – NeptuTherm [02/13; 288 KB]

Oberopfingen - local heat supply system

  • Newly constructed local heating system

    Since the end of 2007 an anaerobic digester (biogas plant) run by 16 regional farmers ("Agrar-Energie-Iller") has been in operation in the immediate vicinity of an estate of 102 houses. In July 2009, the "Oberopfingen District Heating" cooperative was founded with the aim of using the waste heat generated by the biogas plant. Since completion of the first construction stage in July 2010 heat has been supplied from the biogas plant to 85 houses, saving 465 t CO2 of emissions in the process.

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    RCA ERDF Project – Oberopfingen – local heat supply system [02/13; 191 KB]

A source of energy instead of livestock feed

  • Apple pellets - CO2-free energy generation using pomace

    This project promotes the use of apple pomace as a source of energy to replace heating oil. Fresh pomace is dried, pressed into pellet form and used as a source of energy for production of apple juice. Around 260 tonnes CO2-emissions and 70,000 litres of heating oil are saved annually. In the past, around 400 tonnes of apple pomace has been sold as animal feed every year. Recovering energy from apple pomace is an innovative way of using production residues to cut costs and protect the environment.

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    RCA ERDF Project - Apple pomace [02/13; 335 KB] 

Construction of a wood-chip fired boiler

  • Replacement of eight conventional oil-fired heating systems by a heating network powered by a central wood-chip fired boiler

    The aim of the Waldhaus (house in the woods) is to create a CO2-neutral centre for young people, to benefit the environment and to raise awareness for the need to respect nature. Because the centre is located on the edge of the Schönbuch Nature Park it is particularly suitable to use renewable energy taken directly from the surrounding woods. The project replaced eight conventional oil-fired systems with a heating system powered by a central wood-chip boiler, thereby cutting around 100 tonnes CO2-emissions.

    To download

    RCA ERDF Project – Waldhaus [02/13; 181 KB]

The Karlsruhe bioliq® process – straw becomes liquid fuel The Karlsruhe bioliq® process

  • Production of synthesis fuel from biogenic residues

    Using the bioliq-technique as done at the KIT biogenic residues from agricultural or forestry sources can be refined trough thermochemical processes and over several steps to BTL (biomass to liquid) fuels and chemical elements.

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    RCA ERDF Project – The Karlsruhe bioliq process [02/13; 590 KB]


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