Sustainability and circular economy at FILTECH 2023

The industry of the future is low-carbon and circular. Intensive research and development work is at the heart of decarbonizing industrial production and implementing the circular economy. At FILTECH 2023, international universities, research institutions and companies will show how the green transformation can succeed – including current contributions from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS.

At FILTECH, visitors will experience the latest innovations for filtration and separation of all types of media.

Lectures, presentations, poster sessions: Scientific exchange is traditionally the focus of the FILTECH congress area. Numerous research institutes stand with their contributions at FILTECH 2023 for a program that guarantees valuable information from all areas of the industry. From February 14 to 16, 2023, the most important international meeting place for filtration and separation of all types of media will again take place at the exhibition center in Cologne.

Visitors to FILTECH find out about trends in research and development. The importance of filtration and separation for the green transformation of the industry is illustrated by two contributions from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS (Fraunhofer IKTS). Together with partner institutes, the institution has founded a test and innovation platform for the treatment of industrial wastewater, in the context of which innovative water treatment technologies and forward-looking circular concepts for water use are being tested under real-life conditions. The platform on the plant site of the Bitterfeld-Wolfen joint wastewater treatment plant in Germany comprises several test containers and flexibly usable test facilities for the development, testing and transfer of new technologies for the desalination of water, the recovery of process chemicals and raw materials, and water from complex industrial wastewater.

Fraunhofer IKTS will also present research results for the establishment of a hydrogen economy at FILTECH. Researchers at the institute have developed a technology based on carbon membranes that can be used to efficiently separate hydrogen and natural gas. The membrane technology thus makes it possible to transport the two substances together through the natural gas network and to separate them from each other at the destination according to demand. Due to their high stability even at high temperatures, the carbon membranes are also suitable for separating carbon dioxide from industrial gases.

Innovation Guide for filtration and separation

Fraunhofer IKTS has developed a robust 19-channel carbon membrane that separates H2 or CO2 from gas mixtures.

The special feature of FILTECH is the combination of trade fair and congress: Current research results are as much part of the program as market-available innovations. The Innovation Guide provides an overview of all the solutions on display for current and future challenges: It shows visitors targeted filtration and separation solutions for all industries. To prepare for the visit, the guide is available on the FILTECH website.

After more than 14,000

visitors last time, the organizer expects even more participants at FILTECH 2023 – both in the exhibition area and at the congress. In a dynamic environment, FILTECH thus continues to maintain its role as a focused trade show with comprehensive information on all aspects of filtration and separation. Visitor registration is open; until January 14, 2023, visitors benefit from an Early Bird offer.

FILTECH 2023 – the facts

  • Venue: Cologne Exhibition Center (Germany), Halls 7 and 8
  • Event date: Tuesday, February 14 to Thursday, February 16, 2023
  • Exhibition frequency: every 1.5 years
  • Opening hours:
    February 14: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    February 15: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    February 16: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Further information: