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Essen firm wins sustainability prize

Evonik Creavis, a speciality chemicals company based in Essen, has been awarded the federal education ministry’s sustainability research prize for 2016.

The company won the prize for its contribution to converting waste heat into usable energy. Its researchers have developed a process for the fully automated and cost-effective production of thermoelectric generators, which can be used to convert waste heat from technical equipment directly into electricity.

Awarding the prize at the ninth German Sustainability Award on 28 November in Düsseldorf, Georg Schütte, the state secretary for research, said: “The German climate protection plan is based on advances in research for climate-neutral energy generation. Half of the energy used in Germany is used for heat. The award winner has made an important contribution to making this more efficient.”

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