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CLUWAL  - Closing the urban water loop - Integrated urban water and wastewater management for increased sustainability

In the research project CLUWAL, researchers from ifak, together with researchers at Technion in Haifa/Israel (research group of Prof. Eran Friedler), are developing simulation-based evaluation methods. These will allow municipalities and water authorities to assess their water systems and related measures according to social, ecological and economic criteria of sustainability, thus allowing a prudent management of the precious water resources. This project allows ifak, a world-renowned centre of competence in modelling and simulation of water systems, to extend its portfolio. Research within the CLUWAL project, based on an integrated water cycle-based approach, will also support the New Urban Agenda of the United Nations, as it has been adopted in autumn 2016 in Quito/Ecuador.

Productive 4.0

The project „Productive4.0“ is the biggest European research initiative on the area of Industrie 4.0. There are more than 100 partners from 19 European countries working under the coordination of Infineon Technologies AG on the digitalization and integration of the industry. Partners like BMW, Bosch, Philips, Thales, NXP, STM, SAP, ABB, Volvo, Ericsson and leading research institutions like Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, TU Dresden and ifak.

SAmpSONS - Simulation and Visualistion of resource fluxes in new and alternative sanitation systems - Support in the analysis of their function, costs and resource balance

New and alternative sanitation systems are more and more within the focus of attention also in Germany, considering reduced availability of resources, decreasing water consumption and demographic and climatic changes. Such systems aim at reuse of limited resources (e.g.nutrients) and at a more sustainable management of water resources. Discussions about these concepts often get very emotional. Planners and authorities often are reluctant to introduce such systems. This is partly due to lack of understanding of the potential such systems might be able to offer.

Rapid Planning - Sustainable Infrastructure, Environmental and Resource Management for highly dynamic metropolises

The Rapid Planning Project is an action-oriented research project that has been developed under the umbrella of the Future Megacities Research Programme of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). Rapid Planning seeks to develop a rapid trans-sectoral urban planning methodology with a focus on urban basic services infrastructure, specifically targeting supply and disposal infrastructure. The service sectors covered by the project include energy, water, waste water, solid waste, and urban agriculture/ food systems. Trans-sectoral planning strives to take advantage of potential synergies when linking these individual infrastructural sectors together. Thus, cities can benefit from new tools, techniques and policies to use their resources as efficient as possible, through optimising planning processes and at the same time reducing the cost of service.

nidA200 - New sanitation concept for decentralised waste water and bio waste treatment incoperationg anaerobic digestion and algae production

The parish Hille is one of the greatest area communities of Germany and has a central wastewater treat­ment plant. Due to new land use plans and new construction areas, Hille wants a new wastewater treatment concept that reduce the high infrastructure costs of the great area. Because of the nearby recreation and water protection areas, including a sensitive moor, the cleaned wastewater has to accomplish high quality demands.

Rapid Planning - for dynamic urban infrastructure and resource management

Due to increasing urbanisation, planning of infrastructure systems (such as water, wastewater, solid waste, energy) plays an important role. Often, such planning is carried out separately for each sector. Within this project, ideas for transsectoral planning concepts under data-scarce conditions are compiled in cooperation with other partners. Such concepts will allow synergies between the various sectors and interactions of resource fluxes to be used. Methods and results of several of the BMBF “Future megacity” projects are being built upon. ifak contributes with its expertise of water and wastewater management as well its expertise in simulation of megacity systems.

LiWa - Sustainable Water and Wastewater Management in Urban Growth Centres Coping with Climate Change – Concepts for Lima Metropolitana (Perú)

This Peruvian-German co-operation project represents one of the projects within the BMBF research programme ‘Research for sustainable development of megacities of tomorrow’. As the only project with particular emphasis on water and wastewater systems including energy consideration, LiWa developed, under the leadership of ifak, tools and methods which facilitate sustainable management of the water and wastewater system of Lima/Peru, which represents an example of a megacity of tomorrow.

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