Eastern Germany Gets New Water Quality Test Platform

October 2022

Renowned German research institution Fraunhofer Society is establishing Europe’s first testing and innovation center at an industrial water treatment plant. The plant is located in Bitterfeld-Wolfen in the regional state of Saxony-Anhalt near one of the largest chemical parks in Europe and in the heart of eastern Germany’s chemicals industry.

The aim of the project, to cite Fraunhofer’s home page is to “take the treatment of industrial wastewater to the next level.” The initiative wants kill two birds with one stone: to more efficiently protect water quality and to collect recyclable materials from wastewater.

“Some of the residuals or process chemicals in industrial wastewater can be reused in industry as raw materials,” explained Burkhardt Faßauer, head of the Circular Technologies and Water at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS. “This holds true for various salts and metals, for example. We are developing processes to retrieve these raw materials from wastewater.”

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