Future-oriented Technologies and Concepts for an Energy-efficient and Resource-saving Water Management - ERWAS
The projects have been completed successfully
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has supported 12 joint research projects to develop new approaches for a more efficient and economical use of resources in the water sector. Within the funding measure "Future-oriented Technologies and Concepts for an Energy-efficient and Resource-saving Water Management – ERWAS".
These 12 joint research projects gained viable knowledge of energy optimisation of the future water sector during the last four years.
About 80 project partners have worked out new concepts fort the interaction between the water and energy sectors in the course of the project period 2014-2017. They tested new methods, pilot plants and prototypes and checked their fitness for pratical use.
The results are promising. In the waste water sector could be proofed that innovative approaches can lead to an energetic self-sufficiency or even an "energetical positive" status. New ways could be opened to tap the energy potential of sewage sludge whilst recycling resources like phosphorus. In the area of the bio fuel cells could be documented that the ability of bacteria to clean waste water while simultaneously producing current is technically applicable. Furthermore was demonstrated that water resource plants can be operated in an energetically optimised manner supported by modelling and simulation. Water management installations can intelligently be integrated into energy infrastructures.