WaRelp: Water reuse in industrial parks

Lichtwiese

2016/10/01

WaRelp: Water reuse in industrial parks

The WaReIp project is a research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the funding measure “Future-oriented technologies and concepts for increasing water availability through water reuse and desalination” (WAVE).

The research group is planning within this project, a sustainable and economically feasible treatment and recycling of wastewater streams in industrial parks. Industrial parks usually rely on the availability of water and therefore – especially in times of climate change, shortage of resources and the increasing importance of environmental issues – it is crucial to ensure a sustainable water supply. With the aid of integrated water management, the demand for drinking water and ground water can be reduced, raw materials can be retrieved and as a result, costs can be cut.

The main focus of the research project is thus to develop the state of the art and research with regard to saving water and resources and to implement them by creating appropriate decision-making tools. The decision-making instruments can be divided into the following areas: selection methods, new wastewater treatment technologies, new infrastructure technologies as well as implementation methods. For all areas, the existing state of knowledge and research is being developed and specific aspects for the application in industrial parks are scientifically investigated. Socioeconomic topics will be integrated from the beginning for the selection of procedures and measures. In addition, material flow analysis, more specifically the method of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), will be used within the decision support system as the major ecological assessment tool.

Further information is available at https://www.wareip.de/.

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