Industrial Water

Recycling of Industrial Water

In the industrial sector, an increasing integration of process water, cooling water and boiler feedwater circuits is currently moving towards an integrated industrial water management system. This also means a growing restriction of water cycles. In addition to a reduced dependence on fresh water resources, this results in potential for the recovery of raw materials and recyclables. Due to this development, however, avoiding or removing of impurities and the handling of concentrates becomes more and more complex. In many cases, treatment and management of concentrates has become the bottleneck of an increasing circular system. It is also evident that the Zero Liquid Discharge approach, which is often favoured on international level, is not always effective but must be seen as an element of integrated industrial water management.

In the field of "Industrial water use", the funding measure WavE supports 7 projects:

  • DiWaL

    Development of resource-efficient water management and plant concepts for electrocoating lines: application of pulsed electric field technology for bacterial decontamination of industrial water and electrodeposition paints

  • HighCon

    Resource recovery from concentrates arising from industrial water reuse

  • PAkmem

    Effective treatment of complex process and wastewater using ceramic nanofiltration membranes

  • Re-Salt

    Recycling of industrial process brines

  • WaReIp

    Water reuse in industrial parks

  • WaterMiner

    Spatial-temporal adjusted recirculation and reutilization of mining impacted waters, exemplary for an urban affected mining area


    Efficient operation of cooling water circuits by integrated desalination at the example of the steel industry


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