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.

  • Resource Planning for City Districts (R2Q)

    Limited resources like land, water, materials and energy are subject to an enormous urbanisation pressure. The R2Q project is dedicated to organise the use…

  • Concepts for Phosphorus Recovery and Recycling from Sewage Sludge and Sewage Sludge Ash for Berlin and Surrounding Areas (bePhor)

    The new German Sewage Sludge Ordinance of 2017 obliges all operators…

  • Efficient Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorus cycling in the European Agri-food System and related up- and down-stream processes to mitigate emissions (Circular Agronomics)

    Recycling of phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon

  • Lidköping Innovation Wastewater Eco-Hub (LIWE)

    Large-scale implementation of tertiary treatment and phosphate recovery in Lidköping, Sweden

    The Lidköping Innovation Wastewater Eco-Hub (LIWE LIFE)…

  • Towards a Next Generation of Water Systems and Services for the Circular Economy (NextGen)

    Investigation of water reuse, nutrient recovery and energy recovery from wastewater

    In the project NextGen, innovati…

  • Technical Treatment of Groundwater Featuring Elevated Sulphate Levels (SULEMAN)

    Advanced options and limits of a resource and energy efficient drinking water management

    In recent times, rising sulphate…

  • Closing the Global Nutrient Loop (CLOOP)

    Surface water protection due to efficient use of fertilisers

    Nutrients in conventional fertilisers are present in a highly water-soluble form. This ensures that…

  • 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…

  • Nutrient recyclates for organic farming (nurec4org)

    Examination of phosphorus-containing recyclates in terms of their acceptance and approval

    The aim of organic farming is to minimise the consumption…

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