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.

  • TestTools – Rapid Test Schemes for the Assessment of TrOC Removal from Wastewater

    Development and validation of rapid test schemes for the assessment of TrOC behaviour in technical and natural barriers in the urban water cycle

  • 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…

  • FLUSSHYGIENE – Hygienically Relevant Microorganisms and Pathogens in Multifunctional Water Bodies and Hydrologic Circles

    Sustainable management of different types of water bodies in Germany

    Project Objectives The objective…

  • Strategies for the Continuous Monitoring of Flow Times (T-MON)

    Maintining natural water treatment without disinfection

    During routine operation, drinking water production in Berlin does not involve any…

  • 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…

  • UFO-WWV – Treated Wastewater in Agricultural Irrigation

    Development of guidelines for agricultural water reuse practices

    The UFO-WWV project is being realised within a research contract commissioned…

  • OgRe – Relevance of Trace Organic Substances in Berlin’s Stomwater Runoff

    Supporting Berlin's strategy related to the reduction of trace organic contaminants by describing a first set of locally relevant substances occurring in stormwater runoff and estimating their annual loads

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