Recyclables from wood waste for energy storage and environmental technology

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Harvested trees in a forest near Stadtroda. The forest industry produces large q
Harvested trees in a forest near Stadtroda. The forest industry produces large quantities of lignin, which researchers want to turn from a waste product into a recyclable material. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)
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The biopolymer lignin is found in large quantities in trees. It ensures that the wood of the trees remains stable. If this wood is processed into paper, for example, only the cellulose part of the wood is of interest. The lignin remains - almost half of the tree’s mass. "The pulp industry accumulates around 50 million tonnes of lignin worldwide every year. The majority of this is simply incinerated," says Martin Oschatz from the University of Jena. However, the Professor of Chemistry of Materials for Energy Applications emphasizes that lignin is far too valuable for this. ...
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