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OptiBelD - Joint Project: Energy efficiency and process optimization of the activated sludge process based on an integral process-fluid flow simulation - Sub-Project: Development of an integral process engineering simulation environment

In Germany, wastewater treatment plants are the largest municipal electricity consumers. A study by the Federal Environment Agency (Haberkern, 2008) indicates that in the case of a pure energy optimization, an average electricity saving of 10 to 20% of the total power requirement can be expected. The aim of the project is the holistic optimization of the biological treatment stage of wastewater treatment plants by a plant-specific optimization of the processes technology, the selection of energy-efficient machine technology and the development of intelligent control concepts. 

Project workshop of the German-Israeli water research project CLUWAL

From 04 to 06 July, ifak hosted a project workshop of the German-Israeli water research project CLUWAL. Within the CLUWAL project, which is jointly funded by the research ministries of both countries (BMBF, MOST), simulation-based assessment methods are developed which will allow municipalities and water assocation to carry out assessments of their water systems according to social, economic and ecological aspects of sustainability. These will contribute to a better management of scarce water resources.

WavE - Joint research project WEISS: Efficient operation of cooling water circuits by integrated desalination at the example of the steel industry

The steel production process has a high demand for cooling water and chemical products to prevent mineral and biological contamination in the cooling water circuit. By adapting the use of biocide chemicals and fresh water intake to the blow down water treatment and the actual demand, blow down water could be reduced by a half. The complex representation and optimisation of the overall water system with fresh water input, cooling water circuit and blow down treatment with desalination processes and chemical dosage require the use and development of a simulation tool. 

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.

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