Future-oriented Technologies and Concepts for an Energy-efficient and Resource-saving Water Management (ERWAS)

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Subproject 1

  1. Contact:

    Prof. Dr. Michael Sievers, Clausthal Institute of Environmental Technology, Dep. Wastewater Process Engineering, Leibnizstraße 21 +23, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

    Subproject objectives:

    To record, evaluate and optimise material and operational parameters of the bio-electrochemical fuel cell with a view to improving the material and energy efficiency of waste water treatment

    Complete planning, design, fabrication, assembly and delivery of a turnkey 40-foot container pilot plant for waste water treatment with simultaneous electricity generation

  2. Contact:

    Dr. Torsten Zeller, Clausthal Institute of Environmental Technology, Dep. Metal Recycling, Leibnizstraße 21 +23, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

    Subproject objectives:

    Management of the bio-electrochemical fuel cell development process from an ecological/economic viewpoint based on accompanying dynamic life-cycle assessment

    Assessment of future application potential of the bio-electrochemical fuel cell based on the pilot results in terms of sustainability (energy efficiency, eco-efficiency) and compared to other waste water treatment methods

Subproject 2

  1. Contact:

    Prof. Dr. Uwe Schröder, Technical University of Braunschweig, Institute of Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry, Hagenring 30, 38106 Braunschweig

    Subproject objectives:

    Development of electrodes for electricity and hydrogen production (alternative electrodes with chemical catalysts)

    Development of electrochemical methods of biofilm cultivation and characterisation

  2. Contact:

    Prof. Dr. Robert Kreuzig, Technical University of Braunschweig, Institute of Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry, Hagenring 30, 38106 Braunschweig

    Subproject objectives:

    Investigation and evaluation of micro-pollutant degradation

Subproject 3

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Harald Horn, DVGW test laboratory at Engler-Bunte-Institut of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Engler-Bunte-Ring 1, 76131 Karlsruhe

Subproject objectives:

  • Optimisation of the bio-electrochemical fuel cell in terms of the maximum achievable material conversion rate on the anode side based on visual and structural characterisation of the biofilm

  • Quantification of the elimination of micro-pollutants in the bio-electrochemical fuel cell under real conditions with waste water as the cultivation medium

Subproject 4

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kunz, Technical University of Clausthal, Institute of Chemical Process Engineering, Leibnizstraße 17, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Subproject objectives:

  • Selection and development of suitable materials and material combinations for the production of electrodes

  • Selection and development of suitable materials and material combinations for the production of membranes

  • Optimisation of coating methods to improve the surface properties and material efficiency of electrodes and membranes

  • Development of electrochemical test systems to check and evaluate the electrical output capacity of biological fuel cells

  • Development and application of quality testing systems for small-lot electrode and membrane production

Subproject 5

Contact:

Dr. Thorsten Hickmann, Eisenhuth GmbH & Co. KG, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 203, 37520 Osterode

Subproject objectives:

  • Development and production of suitable electrode plates with different material combinations for operation of bio-electrochemical fuel cells

  • Development of a new-style bipolar plate technology permitting the construction of large-area cells

Subproject 6

Contact:

Sabrina Lohmar, EURAWASSER Betriebsfuehrungsgesellschaft mbH, Odermarkplatz 1, 38640 Goslar

Subproject objectives:

  • Investigation and evaluation of application of the bio-electrochemical fuel cell under practical conditions from the viewpoint of a treatment plant operator

  • Investigation and evaluation of the potential for integration of the bio-electrochemical fuel cell into plant operations

  • Evaluation of potential application of the bio-electrochemical fuel cell for various treatment plant size classes