During the 50th Essener Tagung in Aachen, the master thesis of Ms. Sinem Kale was awarded with the first prize of the Oswald-Schulze Foundation. The master thesis dealt with “Reducing fouling by a fluidized bed during ultrafiltration of anaerobic treated municipal wastewater: Validation and optimizing of the process in laboratory scale”. Supervision of the thesis was carried out by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Cornel and Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Düppenbecker.
The Oswald-Schulze Foundation annually acknowledges outstanding master theses in the field of waste water and sludge treatment with the Oswald-Schulze Award.
SEMIZENTRAL part of high-tech strategy of German Federal Government
For more than 10 years German Federal Government pursues its high-tech strategy to support research and development. Its main focus are six future tasks: digital economy and society, sustainable management and energy, innovative work environments, healthy life, intelligent mobility, civil security. Within a recent presentation of concepts for high-tech strategy the SEMIZENTRAL project was presented along nine other projects. Part of the presentation is a short movie, that you can find here.
EXPOVAL DWA Topic now available
The new DWA Topic T4/2016 “Design of wastewater treatment plants in warm and cold climatic zones” was released in October 2016. At the closing event of the EXPOVAL Joint Project on 05./06.10.2016 the new DWA Topic was presented to the technical community the first time. It is now available for free download.
Better Quality of Life in Megacities – The Semizentral Project Receives a GreenTec Award 2015
SEMIZENTRAL, an international research project that is anchored at the TU Darmstadt, has received one of the GreenTec 2015 awards. Dr. Susanne Bieker’s team (at the Chair headed by Prof. Peter Cornel) was awarded the prize in the category “Urbanization” because it has made an impressive contribution to improving the quality of life in megacities. This award, which is not financially endowed and can be presented in 14 categories, is one of the most highly regarded environmental and business prizes in Europe.
The population of cities, worldwide, is increasing by more than one million people each week. This presents enormous challenges for supplying sufficient amounts of clean drinking water, for treating wastewater, for proper waste disposal, and for limiting energy consumption. Frequently, inadequate infrastructures, or their complete absence, endanger people’s quality of life and the environment.
SEMIZENTRAL stands for a new concept that integrates supply and disposal systems at a time of explosive urban growth and that is particularly efficient in terms of energy use and resource protection: it enables individual urban districts to flexibly scale infrastructures for (waste)water and garbage, according to the city’s growth rate and, simultaneously, to save water and energy. The first reference plant, worldwide, for a semi-centralized “Resource Recovery Center” was opened in April 2014 in Qingdao, China, and has operated successfully since then. Experience gained there can be transferred globally to other megacities. The TU Darmstadt is cooperating with Tongji University Shanghai and the Qingdao Technological University.
With the aid of the SEMIZENTRAL concept, water can be re-used and, consequently, the demand for potable water is reduced by at least 30%. Energy savings and the production of energy from sewage sludge and organic waste make it possible to operate the semi-centralized “Resource Recovery Center” autarkically, i.e., independently of energy from external sources. The expansion of the necessary infrastructure can be matched with the specifics of the district’s development – this guarantees optimal system utilization and reduces the risk of planning mistakes based on incorrect assumptions about future developments.
Background. GreenTec Awards
The idea for the GreenTec Awards came, in 2008, from two engineers who wanted to establish a highly regarded prize for successful environmental protection initiatives. The annual award presentation ceremony attracts considerable media attention and is thus an effective platform for spotlighting intelligent environmental technologies and involvement with environmental issues. An interdisciplinary jury that comprises representatives from business, science, relevant organizations, and the media decides on nominations for and winners of the competition.
State Secretary Dr. Georg Schütte opens the worldwide first semicentralized STC in Qingdao
On June 28, 2011, in the presence of Premier Wen Jiabao and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, a joint declaration on the research and innovation program “Clean Water” was signed by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). As part of this program an environment-friendly semicentralized supply and treatment center near the premises of World Horticultural Exposition was build. After 6 months construction time, on April 27, 2014, this worldwide first reference plant was officially opened by State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Dr. Georg Schütte and vice mayor of the city Qingdao WANG Jianxiang, with an extensive program and many high-ranking guests from China and Germany representing the fields of politics, industry, and science. The center is considered a milestone in sino-german knowledge transfer with global impact.
Link to the homepage Semizentral
Contributions in hoch3 and hoch3 FORSCHEN
hoch3 5/2013: “Contact person for Tongji-Partnership”
hoch3 FORSCHEN 3/2013: Water for Mega Cities
Change of address
Since October 2013 streets on the ‘Lichtwiese’ are renamed. The Institute IWAR is now located in the Franziska-Braun-Straße 7.
Professor Cornel obtained the Willy-Hager-Medal of the year 2013. The Willy-Hager-foundation acknowledged the exceptional efforts and merits of Peter Cornel in terms of further developments of scientific findings and its implementations. Especially the innovative approaches and the foresight for prospective challenges including the technical implementation of technologies for resource saving and recovery from municipal and industrial wastewater has been reason for this award.
(Source: Press release from 12.06.2013, DECHEMA)
Dr.-Ing. Jochen Henkel, former research assistant at the department of wastewater technology, obtained the Karl-Imhoff-award 2012 for his dissertation „ Oxygen Transfer Phenomena in Activated Sludge.
(Source: 65th general meeting of the German water association – DWA)
Contribution of the department wastewater technology in the publication „Treatise on Water Science“
„Water science research brings together the natural and applied sciences, engineering, chemistry, law and policy, and economics. The Treatise on Water Science seeks to unite these areas through contributions from a global team of author-experts. The work examines topics in depth, with an emphasis on innovative research and technologies for those working in applied areas.“
(Source: IWA Publishing 2011)
Cornel P, Meda A and Bieker S (2011) Wastewater as a Source of Energy, Nutrients, and Service Water. In: Peter Wilderer (ed.) Treatise on Water Science, vol. 4, pp. 337–375 Oxford: Academic Press.