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…

  • Evaluation of the Treatment of Exhaust Air in the Aeration Tank (ABLUFT-2)

    Optimisation of exhaust air treatment and activation stage

    The exhaust air from aerated sand traps usually contains hydrogen…

  • 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)…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • SMART-Plant – Low-carbon Footprint Material Recovery Techniques

    Scale-up of low-carbon footprint material recovery techniques in existing wastewater treatment plants

    In the scope of the SMART …

  • 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…

  • HTC-Berlin – Potentials and Barriers of Hydrothermal Carbonisation (HTC) in Berlin

    Examination of different Berlin sewage sludges in HTC lab trials and transfer of the results into a holistic energy and greenhouse gas balance

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