Technological progress is key to achieving sustainability goals on both a national and worldwide scale. Understanding the implications and trade-offs of new and existing technology is integral to working towards a sustainable future.
We develop and evaluate both new and existing technologies for the production of bio-based chemicals and materials using comprehensive, big-picture techniques, including holistic stems-analysis, life cycle assessment and eco-efficiency analysis.
Simultaneously we develop and evaluate contactless sensor systems as well as soil protecting mechanical operations and for the sustainable production of food, feed and renewables. We improve techniques for fine particle, bioaerosole and odour reduction of livestock husbandry.
How does the transition to a bioeconomy impact climate change, environmental sustainability, and agricultural practices? What are the trade-offs involved in a transition to a bioeconomy and how can the process be optimized? The Thünen Institute of Agricultural Technology (TI-AT) is tasked with addressing these and other complex research themes related to climate change, renewable resources, competitive production, and rural development. By engaging in the process of drafting scientific policy and guidelines as well as by providing scientific advice to policymakers, the TI-AT serves as an interface between science and policy. The research and development profile of the TI-AT reflects the holistic and multifaceted nature of our work:
Our research groups address fundamental technological challenges, including:
While policy advice, technology orientated research and development are the primary focus of our institute, staff training also takes a high priority. More than a third of staff scientists have university teaching positions and additionally we conduct vocational training for chemical laboratory assistants. Our staffs are responsible for numerous patents, industrially implemented processes, two prizes for technology transfer, and a successful spin-off company.