In research & development, our services range from the innovation of new ideas, grounding in reality, submission of proposals to acquisition of public funding. As coordinators, we often take the lead in large collaborative projects with partners from businesses, politics, science, and society. Together with companies, we develop commercial products from the initial idea until they are ready for the market - we are the partner for preliminary laboratory tests, semi-technical piloting, and scientific advise for large-scale implementation. We place great emphasis on practical application and exploitation of project results.
Our success stories include project families such as the production of hydrogen in wastewater treatment plants, climate adaptation in municipalities, digitalization in water monitoring, concepts for water reuse, and water resource management in Asia and Africa.
FiW has the best conditions for research & development - with highly qualified scientific staff: as a non-profit association supported by members of the water sector, as an affiliated institute of RWTH Aachen University, and supported by a research advisory board in which representatives from companies, engineering firms, ministries, authorities, and development cooperation actively engage in transfer of research.
NEW APPROACHES TO SOLUTIONS
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & PROCESS OPTIMISATION
In cooperation with manufacturers and plant operators, we work on the development of new products and optimisation of environmental technology. We develop products and test plants at various Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). As an application-oriented transfer institute, we are not active in fundamental research, but develop, plan, and operate semi-technical pilot plants and demonstrators (TRL 5 to TRL 7) as well as support companies in the scale-up of customised solutions and their optimisation in operation (TRL 8 and 9). We operate our pilot plants together with partners on-site. This applies both to plants in Germany and robust mobile container solutions in international cooperation worldwide.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTION & FEASIBILITY STUDIES
We prepare individual studies and expert opinions on a wide range of issues. With the expertise of our interdisciplinary team, we analyse both technical mechanisms as well as economic and social framework conditions. We carry out system analyses and use forecasting models and scenario analyses to develop forward-looking concepts for action. To ensure that they achieve their aims we prepare practical guidelines and monitoring concepts.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & COORDINATION
Water management is often facing conflicting usages. FiW has many years of experience with dialogue-oriented approaches in which the focus is on finding consensus between different groups of actors. Through knowledge-based moderation, viable solutions are developed, e.g. for competing water uses in the advancing climate change, for urban planning in water-sensitive urban development, for land use competitions in flood protection, and for minimising contaminant emissions in river protection.
Together with research and development partners from the global South, we work on solutions to tackle climate change. The supply of water and sanitation, sustainable water management, water reuse, and scoping with heavy rainfall and drought are key areas of our work, along with food and energy security. We develop new solutions in research projects, advise municipalities, companies, development banks and development organisations, and train personnel in capacity development. Co-design is one of our trademarks: all projects are developed and implemented closely together with local partners.
Modular wastewater treatment processes for the reuse in agriculture, aquaponics and the substitution of drinking water resourcesmore
dynamic adaptation of regional planning and development processes to the effects of climate changemore
Flood risk management in semi-arid and arid areasmore
Future-oriented technologies and services for a sustainable land managementmore
From cotton field to hangermore
Environmental political instruments to reduce the plastic pollution of inland waters via drainage systemsmore
INTEWAR – sustainable use of water in Cameroonmore
Social innovations and intelligent urban infrastructures for the resilient city of the futuremore
Use of sensor data from moving vehicles to record precipitation information as part of the digitisation strategy in water managementmore
Development of a process for the use of nitrate from wastewater as an oxygen donor for a biological oxidative biogas desulphurisationmore
New processes for the production of climate-neutral energy sources based on biogas and renewable surplus electricitymore
Strategic decision support tool for adaptation to climate change on a regional and municipal level in the Rhine areamore
Sustainable technologies and services for climate change adaptation in flood and drought-prone settlements in Ghanamore
Regional dialogue on energy change - together on the way to an energy regionmore
Going to the bottom of the watermore
SewerScan – digital recording of sewersmore
Solar heat generation, storage and distribution in the low-temperature networkmore
High-precision measurement technology for standing and flowing watersmore
Filter system for solids separation from wastewater streams with a low-maintenance cleaning concept based on structured pile textiles with defined separation behaviormore
Holistic approaches for a sustainable phosphorus cyclemore
Water Reuse in Tunisiamore