The mission of the ETE group is to create new and natural breakthrough technologies for establishing new systems for recovery and reuse. A strong biotechnological component is combined with physics, chemistry and also social sciences. Concepts such as bio-crystallization, bioavailability, bio-retention and bio-electrochemistry generate technologies for producing products such as recyclable matters, reusable waters and renewable energy. In our vision, we belief that new technologies come into society through entrepreneurial companies, and therefore we have strong cooperation with industrial technology companies and stimulate technology spin offs. Industrial and municipal waste streams are considered as resource streams, from which energy, water and minerals can be recovered, breaking the chain between the increased use of non-renewable sources and growing production and consumption. Thus these technologies and their integration in urban and industrial systems help to reduce Human Footprints and safeguard a sustained supply of water, energy and other resources for the worlds growing population.
Biorecovery: The availability of and our demand for raw materials, like certain metals and phosphorus, should be balanced in order to avoid the depletion of our resources within a couple of decades. The increased energy demand initiated the search for alternative energy sources. The biorecovery group focuses on optimal recovery of minerals and metals from wastewaters and gases and on recovery of renewable energy from waste and wastewater. Attention is being paid to the process bio-crystallisation and of bio-electrochemistry. Brochure 2012 3 groen biorecovery
Reusable Water: The availability of safe and usable water is at stake. Our aim is to produce reusable water from wastewater in such a way that it meets its reuse purpose. Technology focus is on bio-removal of micro pollutants and pathogens and the preservation of carbon and nutrients as resource for re-use. Water needed in an agricultural area for instance should contain nutrients but no medicine residues, or pathogenic micro-organisms. Because ground- and surface water are important fresh water resources, groundwater and sediment biological remediation and emission-reduction technologies are being developed. Our novel electrochemical desalinization techniques focus on reduced energy utilisation, in order to sustainably remove salt from water cycles.brochure 2012 4 medium blauw (kleur 84) water treatment
Urban Environmental Technology and Management: Cities currently hold half of the world’s population and it is estimated that three out of every five people will live in an urban environment by 2030. The world’s future sustainable development must therefore be largely accomplished by new approaches in urban sanitation, resource management and eco-innovative design of urban and associated agro and industrial systems. In our research, integration of (above mentioned) innovative technologies into urban, agro and industrial systems is done through basic concepts on Resource Harvest and Re use, applied to Water, Energy, and Materials (including solid waste).brochure 2012 5 lila Urban
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