The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) was awarded for its HighPerCellCarbon fibers made from wood in a novel and sustainable process. The technology involves the wet spinning of cellulose fibers using ionic liquids as direct solvents. No waste gases or toxic by-products are produced during the process sequence.

The award Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year was granted for the second time, organized by the nova Institute for Ecology and Innovation. It honors scientific research that provides sustainable solutions for the cellulose fiber value chain. The ceremony was held during the International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022, which took place in Cologne, Germany, in January.