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.

  • NEWFERT – Nutrient Recovery from Biobased Waste for Fertiliser Production

    Development of viable and cost-effective nutrient recycling schemes to be used for the production of a new generation of fertilisers

  • 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

  • DEMOWARE – Towards Efficient Water Reuse in Europe

    Innovation Demonstration for a Competitive and Innovative European Water Reuse Sector

    The DEMOWARE project’s main objective is to tackle…

  • P-Pot – Phosphorus Potentials in the Berlin Region

    Developing strategies for sustainable phosphorous use based on a regional material flow analysis

    It is a matter of fact that phosphorus is irreplaceable as a nutrient and basis of life, but it turns out that his perceived unlimited resource is in fact limited. Consequently, the sustainable use of phosphorus is increasingly being considered, both on an international and national level. In addition to research initiatives relating to phosphorus recovery methods, material flow analyses provide an important basis for the development of…

  • ECOTREAT – Eco-engineering for Advanced Treatment of WWTP Effluent

    Compilation of existing information considering ecological and social aspects

    Effluent discharged by wastewater treatment plants…

  • P-REX – Sustainable Sewage Sludge Management Promoting Phosphorus Recycling and Energy Efficiency

    Systematic analysis of different approaches of technical phosphorus recycling

    Phosphorus is essential for…

  • DECAMAX – Optimisation of Sewage Sludge Dewatering in Municipal WWTPs

    Systematic analysis and assessment of several options for sludge dewatering optimisation through theoretical and practical investigations

  • IST4R – Comparison of Different Process Combinations or Tertiary Wastewater Treatment for the Reduction of Surface Water Stress

    Integration of trace organic removal schemes into concepts for tertiary treatment

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