Fraunhofer WKI concludes mentoring of InnoRenew CoE; led by Slovenia's University of Primorska, InnoRenew CoE is an independent research institute focused on renewable materials and sustainable buildings, in particular innovative approaches to use of wood

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October 9, 2023 (press release) –

On September 29, 2023, the University of Primorska and its partners celebrated an important milestone: the successful completion of the project phase of the largest European research and innovation project in Slovenia. Representatives of the European Commission attended the event, where the main project results and future plans of the InnoRenew Center of Excellence (CoE) were presented. The Fraunhofer WKI had accompanied the founding phase of the center as a mentor.


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From left to right: Dr. Dr. Andreja Kutnar (InnoRenew CoE Director), Dr. Ing. Bohumil Kasal (Institute Director Fraunhofer WKI), Michael Burnard (InnoRenew CoE Deputy Director).


InnoRenew CoE was established through the European Union's Horizon 2020 funding program under the leadership of the University of Primorska and Fraunhofer WKI. The work started on February 15, 2017 and since then the center has been continuously expanded and developed with the support and cooperation of all project partners and other relevant stakeholders. With the milestone on September 29, 2023, the EU funding will end and the institute will independently pursue research in renewable materials and sustainable buildings. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal, Director of the Fraunhofer WKI, attended the event and congratulated: „The Fraunhofer WKI had the opportunity to work with a team of young and dynamic researchers and staff and helped to transfer the best practices  while respecting the specific Slovenian environment. I am pleased to see that the InnoRenew is able to stand on its own and is well positioned to address future challenges. It has been a rewarding experience.“

Further information:
Press release of InnoRenew CoE (September 29, 2023)

The background of the Fraunhofer WKI

Sustainability through the utilization of renewable raw materials has formed the focus at the Fraunhofer WKI for 75 years. The institute, with locations in Braunschweig, Hanover, and Wolfsburg, specializes in process engineering, natural-fiber composites, binders and coatings, wood and emission protection, quality assurance of wood products, material and product testing, recycling procedures and the utilization of organic building materials and wood in construction. Virtually all the procedures and materials resulting from the research activities are applied industrially. 

The background of the InnoRenew CoE

InnoRenew CoE is an independent research institute established in 2017 as part of the InnoRenew project. The research targets renewable materials and sustainable buildings, in particular innovative approaches to wood and its use. The aim is to transfer scientific findings into industrial practice. The international, interdisciplinary team of the InnoRenew CoE is available for independent consulting, project work or collaboration in the „Living Lab InnoRenew“.

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