Advanced modelling, control and decision support tools for flexible and optimal wastewater treatment plants

Advanced modelling, control and decision support tools for flexible and optimal wastewater treatment plants

Water plays a vital role and influences all spheres touching people, planet and prosperity. Water used by households and industry is typically collected via sewer systems bringing it to centralised wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). Managing this wastewater is becoming increasingly crucial for ensuring a clean environment and public health in light of significant water scarcity being faced by many nations (including India). The focus in the past was mainly on understanding and improving the biological processes and to achieve combined removal of organics and nutrients to levels below effluent limits. Today’s wastewater treatment goes much beyond conventional processes of bringing down BOD and COD below prescribed level and now encompasses a plethora of different technologies with increasing focus on water recycle and reuse. Energy consumption has become another driver for WWTP optimization as well as carbon footprint. Micropollutants have become a new concerning issue to deal with in urban wastewater systems. Wastewater treatment systems are becoming complex integrated systems. A trans-disciplinary approach is essential to design, develop and optimize new age wastewater treatment technologies and facilities. This proposal focuses on harnessing complementary expertise of the Partner Institutes to establish a multi-lateral Indo-European research network for making significant contributions in these areas. Efforts will be made to invoke synergies among the partners and promote collaborative research on various aspects of wastewater treatment technologies. Focus will be on developing computational models for design, control and optimization of wastewater treatment technologies/facilities. Different modelling paradigms ranging from CFD to classical reaction engineering models will be developed and applied to enhance flexibility in operation of municipal and industrial WWTP. Open workshops and webinars will be used to disseminate developed understanding and to enhance research collaborations. This project was granted in the New Indigo NPP Call on Water related challenges, a framework that stimulates collaboration between Europe and India.

Project duration: 2012-02-01 - 2014-01-31

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Ingmar Nopens
Department of Applied Mathematics, Biometrics and Process Control


Last update: 01 december 2008,

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