Research Projects

Our research activities focus on key issues of sustainable management of water resources. Our activities contribute to improving the quality of life in cities.

The unit “Urban Systems” bundles all topics relating to the management of stormwater, wastewater and urban sewers. The “Process Innovation” unit addresses technical issues in the field of water and wastewater treatment. The unit “Groundwater” focuses to natural water treatment systems and well management.

Our projects are closely linked with topics which are relevant for the future and are particularly important for the development of Smart City Concepts: Energy efficiency, climate resilience, infrastructure, surface water protection, resources and digitisation. This way we help to integrate water as an essential component of public services into Smart City concepts.

Projects with start ealier than 2007 are available in the project-archive.

  • Development of a National Standard for the Assessment of the Remaining Value of Sewer and Manholes Infrastructures (SubKanS)

    The SubKanS project will develop a standardised and practical methodology…

  • Support of Sewer Inspection and Investment Strategies by means of Deterioration Models (SEMA-Berlin 2)

    Advancement of selected model approaches for rapid and exact sewer condition prediction

    SEMA-Berlin enters the second…

  • Hydraulics of Artificial Groundwater Recharge under Changing Climatic Conditions in Berlin (HYDRA)

    Investigation of climate change effects on artificial groundwater recharge

    HYDRA investigates possible…

  • Creating Synergies Between Municipal Solid Waste and Wastewater Management (REEF 2W)

    Increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency

    The project REEF 2W, funded by the European Union in the…

  • E-VENT – Less Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions of WWTPs

    Evaluation of process options for the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of Berlin sewage treatment plants

    Berlin’s sewage treatment…

  • SEMA-Berlin – Supporting Sewer Inspection and Investment Strategies

    Test and selection of a model approach in terms of prediction quality of fewer deterioration models

    Recent studies about wastewa…

  • netWORKS4 – Planning Criteria for Climate-just Cities

    Contributions of Urban Supply Systems to Climate Justice

    The design of a climate just city requires an integrated urban development and…

  • RELIABLE SEWER – Optimisation of Sewer Inspection and Rehabilitation Strategies

    Improving the reliability of current sewer deterioration modelling approaches

    Wastewater infrastructures including…

  • POWERSTEP – Energy from Wastewater

    Full scale demonstration of energy positive sewage treatment plant concepts towards market penetration

    The municipal wastewater in Europe contains a potential…

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