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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-01-01 - 2022-03-31

The City of Vienna takes the challenge of urban stormwater management. One of the measures to be developed is bring the street runoff to the root zones of the urban trees. Considering the (micro)pollutants flushed away from the urban street surface innovative substrates are needed to cope with the requirements for tree growth and retention and elimination capacities to assist in water and soil pollution control. The project is part of a green infrastructure initiative contributing to an improved urban life quality through effects on e.g. microclimate.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-10-22 - 2021-10-21

Caffeine can be used as a marker for possible contamination of water resources by sewage discharges, whereby bacteriological contamination can also be predicted. Thus, caffeine could be used as a chemical indicator for a possible contamination of water by sanitary facilities and for non-mapped discharges of wastewater. It can be used for determination of bathing water quality as well. The aim of this cooperation is to develop an innovative technology for efficient and environmentally friendly quality monitoring of water., using Caffeine as indicator. The measurement technology allows in-situ detection without the need for sampling and laboratory analysis, which makes it use significantly easier and cost-effective. This method can be used as an inexpensive warning system or sampling trigger for monitoring bathing water quality, which can be particularly important for regions that are heavily used by tourists.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-11-01 - 2021-08-31

The technical functionality of a novel concept of a biochar sewage treatment plant is to be examined. The new system replaces all the purification stages of a conventional sewage treatment plant for domestic wastewater. The used biochar is a renewable product that is obtained from renewable resources. The biochar enriched with organic substances and nutrients is stabilized at the end of the cleaning process, and can be used both as a fertilizer and as a soil-improving substance in agriculture. The technical concept for the biochar sewage treatment plant is available, but there are still a number of detailed aspects that must be examined before a first pilot plant can be planned.

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