#Resources

Material + machine = forward movement
Engineering
Material + machine = forward movement
The history of this transformation duo is a captivating journey through the millennia – in a kind of symbiotic evolution, materials, machines, and tools have seen remarkable change. “tomorrow” took a closer look at five material-machine combinations.
March 2024
Size matters
Think Green
Size matters
At a time in which climate change constitutes one of the most pressing challenges the reduction of their carbon footprints is turning into an increasingly important task for companies worldwide. But how do you measure such a footprint?
November 2023
What will the car of the future consist of?
In Motion
What will the car of the future consist of?
The car industry is constantly looking for new materials. Lighter, more heat-resistant, more resilient, more natural – or just something unique. We describe what aspects of automotive interiors and exteriors are subject to current research.
August 2023
Wastewater as a resource
Think Green
Wastewater as a resource
For a long time, sewage disposal used to be motivated mainly by the idea of just getting rid of it. Now experts are calling for a paradigm shift in the spirit of a more sustainable circular economy: sewage must become a resource.
July 2023
Economy in a circle
Think Green
Economy in a circle
Whenever an object ends up in the garbage it ends up in the wrong place. The pace at which the amount of garbage is growing matches the pace at which important raw materials around the globe are dwindling. The future belongs to circular economy.
March 2023
Surviving in extreme environments
Engineering
Surviving in extreme environments
They’re found in volcanic rock, in the deepest submarine canyons and under the ice of Antarctica: creatures called extremophiles that are highly resilient in extreme conditions.
March 2023
Sand is becoming scarce!
Think Green
Sand is becoming scarce!
Sand is our second-most important raw material after water. It’s hard to believe, but what seems to have always been in abundance on the ground has now become extremely scarce. Why? Find out more here.
August 2022
Six innovative lifesavers
Think Green
Six innovative lifesavers
Eight billion people inhabit the Earth and nearly four billion of them are already living without reliable drinking-water supply today. Around the world, researchers are developing new technologies for tapping sources of drinking-water.
August 2022
“Recalibrating, reinventing – in all directions”
Think Green
“Recalibrating, reinventing – in all directions”
Supply chains under permanent stress – production processes in a state of flux, plus everything should become sustainable. Schaeffler board member Andreas Schick explains how forward-thinking technologies can be leveraged for recalibration.
August 2022
All-around green
Think Green
All-around green
Many companies have set themselves ambitious sustainability goals. But that won’t be enough if the partners in their supply chains don’t follow suit.
July 2022
On the road toward a biobased economy
Think Green
On the road toward a biobased economy
Microorganisms as turbo recyclers, mussels as innovation models or artificial muscles as actuators: Driven by a pioneering spirit, biotechnology is gearing up for the battle against climate change.
January 2022
Closing the loop
In Motion
Closing the loop
Ecological retirement – what happens to old batteries of electric vehicles or decommissioned wind turbines and solar energy systems?
September 2019
Green is the color of hope
Think Green
Green is the color of hope
Billions of plants for millions of jobs: The Great Green Wall across the continent is the world’s largest landscape restoration project.
September 2021
Brave new building world
Think Green
Brave new building world
Digital transformation is changing the world of construction and helps save time, costs and natural resources. Much of this is still a vision, but is an all-new world of construction in store for us?
December 2020
Hidden champions of botany
Future Life
Hidden champions of botany
Inconspicuous plants with natural superpowers might soon help us stop famines, the destructive overexploitation of raw materials or climate change. Here are five examples.
September 2019
Cities out of nowhere
In Motion
Cities out of nowhere
The term planned city describes the phenomenon of building a city from scratch. Eight examples illustrate why planned cities entail risks and why we need them anyway.
July 2018