Efficient utilisation of natural resources
Protection, use and management of our primary resources (such as water, minerals and biological raw materials) is equally as important a concern for us as the optimal use of the deposit of material generated by humans over extended periods of time (secondary resources). We develop technical solutions and integrate ecological, economical, socio-scientific and political aspects, in order to protect the environment and use fewer resources.
The expertise of the TU Vienna ranges from the development of individual technologies and methods in the fields of prospecting, material extraction and substitution through to analysis, evaluation and design of material cycles in water, the ground, air and in buildings. Resource management plays a crucial role.
Renewable raw materials
- ecological construction materials (wood, straw, composites,...)
- Bioraffinery, biological raw materials (biomass in general, sugar/starch, cellulose/hemi cellulose/lignin)
Material flow analysis
- (heavy) metals and toxic substances
- air pollutant
- water/waste water
Recycling/urban mining (anthropogenic deposits)
- mineralic and metallic ressources (P, Fe, Cu, Pb, ...)
- construction materials and waste
- fibre extraction (textiles, vehicle parts)
- metallic materials
- electronics, ...
- waste water (sewage plants, segregation)
- waste treatment (esp. biomass)
- harmful chemicals and radioactive substances, etc.
Water management (utilisation)
- water body ecology
- watershed management
- ground water management (water and health)
Ecological and economic aspects
- operational and regional resource management
- resource economy