Innovation field of water technologies and resource recovery

Range of services

  • Development of regional system concepts for energy, waste and water management
  • Concepts for resource-saving production in companies - ultra-efficient factory
  • Methods of wastewater and water treatment for industry and municipalities
  • (Bio-)procedural cleaning processes for industrial waste water
  • Development of recycling concepts for inorganic and organic residues
  • Process for the fermentation in different temperature ranges of different organic substrates to biogas
  • Aerobic and anaerobic tests for the degradability of organic ingredients
  • Fermentation tests according to VDI 4630
  • Development of photoautotrophic processes for microalgae in photobioreactors including process control and automation
  • Development of heterotrophic processes for microalgae
  • Biotransformation of renewable raw materials and industrial residues into basic chemicals and energy sources (methanol, ethanol etc.)
  • Product processing with e.g. membrane processes, liquid-liquid extraction and extraction with supercritical media
  • Characterization of microbial loads on surfaces and in media in contact with the process including test development
  • Development of real-time methods for monitoring water systems for contamination
  • Bioleaching, biosorption, bioprecipitation for the recovery of metals from different process waters and wastes with different reactor configurations
  • Modelling of processes and simulation of process lines

Infrastructure and equipment

  • Pilot plant for environmental and bioprocess engineering
  • Bioreactors for aqueous, high solids and gaseous substrates including cell retention in laboratory, pilot and technical scale
  • Analysis of substrates and fermentation products, protein analysis, online mass spectrometry
  • Mobile pilot plants in m3 scale for the determination of design data on site for the planning and construction of innovative demonstration plants
  • Demonstration and reference plants for anaerobic and aerobic wastewater treatment, high-load digestion, bioenergy, algae technology
  • Demonstration sites Knittlingen and Heidelberg-Neurott (wastewater treatment), Stuttgart-Gaisburg and Franca, Brazil (bioenergie), Fraunhofer IGB and CBP (algae cultivation)
  • Photobioreactors of different sizes with own control and automation concepts for laboratory, field and greenhouse
  • Test plants for different membrane processes (e.g. rotating disk filters)
  • Equipment and official approval for handling pathogenic organisms
  • Test apparatus for testing antimicrobially treated materials
  • Systems for cell disruption and extraction with solvents or supercritical fluids
  • GIS applications with ESRI ARC-INFO software and process simulation and automation (Mat-Lab, Siemens programming)