With the Modellfabrik Papier, the paper industry is taking the initiative today to achieve the climate goals of tomorrow.
Leading the way for sustainable paper production.
CO2 emission-free production
Our primary goal is to defossilise paper production in order to make the entire industry climate-neutral and fit for the future.
Disruptive and fundamentally new approaches
The core processes concern paper production, energy provision, resource management and their innovative linkage.
Making the manufacturing process sustainable
We demonstrate solutions that reduce resource consumption, improve yields and further close raw material cycles.
Our goal: Climate-neutral paper production by 2045
Through innovative and disruptive research approaches, we want to save 80% of the energy required in the manufacturing process.
Three energy-intensive areas are in focus.
How can new fibre properties be created or used that have a high energy-saving potential when using the raw materials compared to conventional fibres? We take into account the processes of raw material preparation and the recyclability of the fibre materials.
Fleece formation makes an important contribution to the functional properties of the different paper qualities. We are researching which material properties of the papers result from the new fibres and developed processes.
In today's process, 99% water is removed from the aqueous dispersion to dry the paper web using energy-intensive processes. How can this process step be avoided or be made more energy-efficient?
Shaping the future with innovative approaches
Hand in hand on the way to a common vision
An ambitious goal needs a competent network.
Scientific advisory board
Active and well-founded cooperation of renowned institutes from all relevant areas of paper production
A strong base with 19 shareholders from traditional and innovative applications as well as their suppliers
Cooperative support and networking as a basis for holistic solutions and innovative approaches
The paper industry offers ideal conditions for a flourishing, bio-based circular economy of the future.
Basic research in Technology Readiness Levels 1 to 6
Embedded in the structural change of the Rhenish mining area
Break-through innovations and disruptive solutions
With European and international potential
Based on a Triple Helix model for innovation
Contributing to the climate goals of the Paris Agreement
The 5 primary areas of our mission
Our initial situation
in the German paper industry
With this high recycling rate, the paper industry is at the forefront and is thus a prime example of a sustainable circular economy.
From 1995 to 2018, specific CO2 emissions were reduced by 36% from 955 to 610 kg CO2 per tonne of paper.
However, the paper industry still ranks 5th among German industries with a share of 6.7% of the total energy consumption of German industry.
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