Waste and water technologies
VTT offers a wide range of expertise in the development of resource-efficient waste and water technologies.
Our expertise covers all sectors of the waste management chain. We are developing advanced technologies for the recycling and recovery of municipal and industrial waste, new methods of waste refining and safe disposal techniques. Laboratory-scale research combined with environmental assessment methods forms a strong base for optimal waste management solutions.
Our water technology expertise includes industrial process water cycles, as well as the treatment and utilisation of the resulting water and sludge. In addition, we are developing efficient solutions for clean water production and management of mine waste water, landfill leachates and municipal waste water.
The rapidly growing consumption of natural resources and increasing energy prices make material recycling more and more necessary. Waste and water management will be integrated into the complex energy and material production chains of society. This means that in addition to environmental legislation, business will be strongly dependent on the market environment of energy and materials.
In this complex operational environment, the development of resource- and cost-effective waste and water management systems and competitive recycled products is a great challenge. New and improved technologies for the production of high-quality recycled fluxes and for the recycling of new material flows are needed. The development of totally new and more refined products from waste and water is an opportunity which should be exploited more effectively.
The integration of life-cycle thinking into all the development work is an essential prerequisite of sustainable recycling systems. Advanced on-line monitoring and process control systems are also needed to ensure confidence in the quality of recycled products and water.
Development of new solutions for the purification, recycling and reuse of waste,industrial sidestreams and water
Recycling solutions for complex and emerging waste
New and upgraded products from waste
Biofuels, bioproducts and energy from waste and sludges
Advanced water treatment solutions, e.g.membrane and filtration technologies
Water efficient processes
Monitoring and characterisation of waste and water streams
Optimisation and sustainability assessment of waste and water technologies and
Financial benefits through production of valuable new materials and energy
Competitiveness through sustainable water treatment and recycling technologies
Minimisation of environmental impact and risks