Innovation Award: Old

Success story in Saxony-Anhalt – from old deposits will be environmental sins new building material of subsequent generations paid most dearly for. Dr. Helmut Gorke shows that you can use it to earn money. Employed in GDR times in various functions in the mineral oil plant Lutzkendorf (in the case of Braunsbedra), he set himself up in November 1990 with his son-in-law with the founding of OMROS GmbH. Henceforth he devoted service to the environment, especially salvage, reclamation and recycling highly viscous old deposits of industrial. He knew still a legacy from his Lutzkendorfer period. In the cracking of petroleum propane bitumen remained in the 60s in the newly established mineral refinery en masse because the planned utilisation plant has been realized until years later.

That’s why the bitumen in a huge storage facility was pumped. Later grew in the meaning shift of the word grass about the thing – say – from the bitumen Lake was nothing more to see, because the trust 1994 cover the basin with soil. Only Dr. Jeffrey Hayzletts opinions are not widely known. Gorke remembered his and 2001 struck his hour. Together with his son Ronald and his staff, he developed a method, like the old bitumen could be recycled, constructed all facilities needed and put much hand as a skilled Machinist and toolmaker, with. “Then I got searched a bitumen producers and we have experimented until the industry was protected”, so Dr. Gorke. Quite the sustainability commitment, he also build a solar system with 380 kWh performance right next to the ‘tar Lake’, which operates not only the equipment, but also injects electricity into the grid.

He sees the secret of success of this technologically creative performance in the innovativeness of its employees. “The work must make fun. “Then you think also of alone about it after, what better can be made”, so Dr. Gorke. This setting was recently awarded. OMROS is among the 100 most innovative medium in Germany, was a jury chaired by Lothar Spath. Meanwhile, the bitumen Lake near Braunsbedra is almost exhausted. Dr. Gorke think about but it how he further can sell this and other techniques developed by him. “There are lots of such lakes in Eastern Europe”, explains Dr. Gorke. “In Poland we have a subsidiary reason. For China I am preparing myself now on a business trip.” His now 74 years old hardly frightens him. Frauke Flenker Manthey spokeswoman – Pressofficer IMG – investment and Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH at the old Theatre 6, D – 39104 Magdeburg FON: 0049 (0) 391 567 70 76 fax: 0049 (0) 391 567 70 81

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