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Innovation & Trends The development department researches :
The Research & Development Department handles customer-related wastewater treatment and water recycling projects and develops product lines further. EnviroChemie appreciates the cooperation with universities and other research institutes like the Fraunhofer Society. Our Research & Development Department's great expertise in finding solutions is a result of the team's interdisciplinary composition: biologists, chemists, process engineers and environmental engineers combine their many years of experience.
First exploratory researches are carried out in our laboratories in Switzerland and Germany. Biological (anaerobical / aerobical) and chemico-physical wastewater treatment procedures as well as membrane technologies can be tested on a laboratory scale. Following successful laboratory tests, approx. 30 pilot plants of various sizes are available for further development. These pilot plants are generally operated on our customers' sites. In the EnviroChemie anaerobic technical centre, two anaerobic reactors with a reactor volume of 1 m³ and 3 m³ are operated continuously.
AquaFit4Use: “The European project for the sustainable use of water within industry!”
As part of the “AquaFit4use” project, research is being done into the recycling of wastewater flows and process water flows in various water-intensive industrial production contexts including, in particular, the paper industry. Examples of other sectors involved are the chemicals, food and textiles industries. This project, which is scheduled to run for four years and has a budget of approximately 14.5 million euros, is being run as part of the Seventh EU Framework Programme for research in conjunction with partners from all over Europe. The project is being headed up by our Polish subsidiary: EnviroChemia Polska. The aim is to devise cross-industry process chains for recycling water and to develop new technological solutions. At the top of the list of priorities are the reliability of the processes involved and an assessment of the cost situation in the sectors concerned. The tasks associated with the project include intensive laboratory studies into selected recycling technologies, verification of the processes involved and optimisation within the context of a pilot. To this end, plant components from different suppliers are brought together at a single location in large-scale pilot studies so that they can be operated under similar conditions, both side by side and in combination.
AKIZ - Integrated wastewater concept for industrial zones exemplified at the Tra Noc Industrial Zone in Vietnam
The BMBF joint project called “AKIZ – Integrated wastewater concept for industrial zones exemplified at the Tra Noc Industrial Zone in Vietnam“ was launched in November 2009. The joint project involves a total of 9 partners from the industrial and scientific communities and aims to devise sustainable concepts for overcoming wastewater problems associated with industrial dischargers in the newly industrialising country of Vietnam. Like EnviroChemie, many of the partners involved in the consortium are also members of the German Water Partnership e.V., gwp initiative. Thus, the project fits in well with the aim of harnessing, at an international level, the synergies between German organisations specialising in water management. It also complements the high-tech strategy of the German Federal Government.
As part of a subproject (TP I4), EnviroChemie is cooperating closely with the Institute WAR of the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Together, they are designing a resource recovery plant based on membrane technology, which is to be realised in the form of a pilot. The project is scheduled to run until 2013 and as well as covering the design and construction of the pilot plant, the remit also includes running the plant for several years on site in Vietnam in cooperation with Vietnamese universities. The key focus is on aligning this innovative technology with local needs. The use of straightforward operating concepts and robust components is conducive to achieving this aim.
Nanopurification – Development of progressive materials and processes for water and wastewater treatment involving the use of functional nanocomposites
Nanotechnology is one of the most promising areas of worldwide research, with water technology representing one of the most important fields within this context. With many conventional processes and products in the field water technology, there is not much scope left for developing new approaches for dealing with the serious water supply and disposal problems that we are facing. It is here that nanotechnology comes into play by taking the water technology sector into promising new territory.
The overall aim of nanopurification is to develop innovative nanoscale substances and materials (nanoparticles, nanolayers) and see them transferred to the conventional water treatment and wastewater disposal sector. Against this background, there are plans to develop a water treatment system which combines nanoscale composite microfilters with integrated UV decontamination in order to create a highly efficient and multifunctional solution. The idea is for particles and microorganisms to be kept out of the water and for chemical and biological impurities to also be broken down or killed.
As a member of a special consortium involving the Fraunhofer UMSICHT institute and other partners, EnviroChemie is responsible for implementing a pilot application within the industrial water sector. The first phase of the project consists of undertaking basic studies, the results of which will be used to inform the design of the pilot plant. This is a groundbreaking project both in terms of microfilter production and the use of UV LEDs for decontamination. As development and implementation of the new nano-based hybrid system for water and wastewater purification gradually progresses along the value chain, the multidisciplinary background of all the partners involved should ensure a smooth process.
Water recycling for hotel complexes plus leisure and shopping centres
Water recycling for hotel complexes plus leisure and shopping centres
The “KOMPLETT” (COMPLETE) project, which was carried out in conjunction with the universities of Bonn and Kaiserslautern and focused on high-tech water recycling, was concluded in 2009. The plant technology that EnviroChemie provided for the project underwent comprehensive testing at the Fraunhofer UMSICHT institute in Oberhausen with assistance from the Kaiserslautern University of Technology. The aim of the undertaking was to purify grey and foul water from houses, offices and hotel complexes to the maximum possible extent (taking the grey water right up to drinking water quality). Once purified, the water was reused in the buildings for the purpose of washing clothes, flushing toilets or showering.