Future-oriented Technologies and Concepts for an Energy-efficient and Resource-saving Water Management - ERWAS
In the coming years a further scarcity of conventional fuels and an increase in energy costs is to be expected. In this context, the issue of energy is also set to become increasingly important for the water management sector. Alone the electricity requirement of the existing German plants for public water supply and wastewater treatment corresponds to the consumption of around 1.6 million four-person households.
The endeavour is therefore to find new, future-compliant technological approaches, system solutions and concepts. This can be aimed, on the one hand, at achieving more effective and economical energy use; on the other, however, it can also build on sustainable energy generation through better use of existing resources (e.g. use of the energy contained in wastewater). In connection with the planned conversion of the energy supply, Germany is faced with challenging tasks. Here, the importance of decentralised structures based on renewable energy, in which the water management facilities are also to be integrated, is growing.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has therefore launched the funding programme "Future-oriented Technologies and Concepts for an Energy-efficient and Resource-saving Water Management – ERWAS".