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IWA Task Group on Greenhouse Gases from WW systems

The International Water Association (IWA) Task Group on "The use of water quality and process models for minimizing wastewater utility greenhouse gas footprints" was approved by IWA in March 2010 and has a lifetime of 3 years.

The final objectives of the Task Group are twofold:
* Understand the processes that are responsible for the major contributions to GHG emissions from WWTP and sewer systems (e.g. heterotrophic denitrification, autotrophic nitrification, autotrophic denitrification, methanogenesis, etc.)
* Translate this knowledge into mathematical models that can be embedded in system/plant-wide models allowing multi-criteria optimisation

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Cleanchem Ghent University

Under the framework of the Industrial Research Fund UGent organizes technology transfer and industrial collaboration around valorization clusters, each focusing on a specific thematic area. CleanChem aims to be your gateway to all activities related to sustainable chemical technologies targetting a transition from fossil to renewable sources.

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Kallisto project

The innovation programme entitled Kallisto, aims for a smart improvement of the surface water quality of the river Dommel.

The programme is initiated by Waterboard De Dommel and is a co-operation of the water authorities Brabantse Delta, Vallei&Eem and De Dommel, the City of Eindhoven, together with Wageningen University, Ghent University (BIOMATH) and the Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research - STOWA.

Kallisto aims for the implementation of real time descision making and optimisation by using innovative combinations of monitoring, modelling and controlling water flows and constructing adequate technical measures like pumping an advanced treatment. In this way, storm water and waste water flows can be actively controlled, steered and treated based on water quality and quantity (so-called pollution load control). A key issue in this context is the chemical and ecological surface water composition of the river Dommel. For that reason, the water quality of the river is monitored continuously and modelled to be able to determine - depending on the actual (seasonal) situation - where, when and for how long discharge of effluent or overflow water is to be tolerated at major storm water events or whether additional measures have to be taken.

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Education/Training

Advanced Master in Technology for Integrated Water Management

In view of their educational experience and their complementary research expertise, the interfaculty environmental centres of the University of Antwerp (Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development IMDO) and of Ghent University (Centre for Environmental Sanitation CMS) took the initiative, together with the Antwerp Maritime Academy (AMA), to organise a joint programme: the advanced master Technology for Integrated Water Management.

Technology for Integrated Water Management is designed to equip the students with the competency to understand the state-of-the-art on water technology and integrated water management. The programme aims to improve the understanding of concepts and systems and enhances knowledge regarding tools and technologies. This will enable innovative planning and action from a new perspective and approach.

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