Project structure and work areas

The AWAREGIO-project is divided into five main areas of work and their work packages as well as project management (see diagram). The overall project is coordinated by FiW.

Picture: Workplan wirth main work packages

The first main work area contains the conception. Work package A.1, in the main responsibility of LINEG and TUG, includes the inventory of the raw wastewater quality of the wastewater treatment plant Moers-Gerdt and the elaboration of the hygienic and material requirements for the product qualities. Work package A.2 serves to identify potential target regions and sales markets (IIRM). The following two tasks (A.3 and A.4) deal with the design of the demonstration plant. On the one hand there is the conception of the primary cleaning (FiW, EvU) and on the other hand the preparation and utilization of the required amount of water for the pilot plant of aquaponics (FiW, A3). In the fifth work package (A.5), the Institute for Environmental Research of the RWTH Aachen (BioV) aims to develop practicable analytical methods to detect with sufficient sensitivity trace concentrations of micro pollutants in the inlet and outlet of the test facilities and to check the efficiency of the different treatment stages.

The second main area of work includes manufacturing and commissioning. On the site of the wastewater treatment plant Moers-Gerdt, the components of the pilot plant will be constructed and the soil filter will be set up and put into operation.

The operation and the associated applications are part of the work area C. Under the direction of FiW in cooperation with the TERRA URBANA GmbH (TUG), it is about the investigations of wastewater treatment (C.1, FiW), the monitoring of the product water qualities (C.2, BioV) and the experiments on aquaponics (C.3, TUG). Through these investigations, both the chemical and the energy demand and operating parameters are collected, for the evaluation of operating costs and energy efficiency. In addition, the ecotoxicological hazard potential is identified and an in situ test procedure is developed for the determination of mechanism-specific effectiveness and monitoring of the water and food quality of the farmed fish and plants. The final goal of this package is the production of rtPCR primers for the examined catfish species.

In order to ensure the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of the project, the Institute for Infrastructure and Resource Management of the University of Leipzig (IIRM) has the task of analysing the processes of the demonstration plant and the large-scale plant (by scaling up) in addition to the appropriate evaluation criteria and methods, reuse and exploitation paths.

Finally, the last work area E includes the synthesis of results and utilization. In addition to the documentation of the project results in a final report, project-accompanying workshops are to be organized as part of this work area, thus strengthening, among other things, regional research and innovation profiles in wastewater engineering (E.2, IIRM). Work package E.3 deals with the strengthening of the market opportunities of the plant concept (FiW), in which the education and training of national and international decision-makers, practicable quality control in developing and emerging countries and the preparation of a guide to increase the export capability to support German technology developers goes.