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.

  • Geological CO2 Storage and Other Emerging Subsurface Activities (COSMA)

    Supporting water utilities in identifying theoretical and realistic impacts arising from emerging subsurface activities

    In the course of climate change…

  • Optimisation of Sewage Sludge Dewatering in Municipal WWTPs (DECAMAX)

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

  • Estate Drainage Schemes (GStEW)

    Survey on the legal framework linked with an analysis of the testing methods and restoration technologies applied in practice

    The production and leak testing of estate drainage schemes are subject to discussion in Berlin and throughout Germany. There is no consistency in practices and procedures with regard to official requirements for the leak testing and restoration of estate drainage schemes. In some cases, it is referred to DIN 1986-30. The project aims to get an overview on the legal frame conditions and the administrative procedures (deadlines, methods…

  • Risk Analysis of Microbial Contamination of Drinking Water Wells (RIKO)

    Determination of preventive measures

    A special feature of Berlin’s drinking water production system is the absence of…

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

    Integration of trace organic removal schemes into concepts for tertiary treatment

  • Anthropogenic Trace Organic Compounds and Pathogens in the Urban Water Cycle (ASKURIS)

    Evaluation, barriers and risk communication

    The climate change predictions for the Berlin-Brandenburg region for…

  • Oxidation Technologies and Managed Aquifer echarge (OXIMAR)

    Combined oxidation technologies and managed aquifer recharge (MAR)– Transferability and applicability for water reuse– Phase 1

    The demand for water with…

  • Safe and Sustainable Water Supply in India (SAPH PANI)

    Natural Water Systems and Treatment Technologies to Cope with Water Shortages in Urbanied Areas

    India is subject to water shortages especially in…

  • Carbon is Money: From Wastewater to Energy (CARISMO)

    WWTPs to become net producers of renewable energy instead of net consumers of fossil energy

    Due to its potential of chemical energy (organic…

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