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Waste and water technologies

Competence

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.

Challenges

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.

Solutions

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
  • Ecomining
  • Advanced water treatment solutions, e.g.membrane and filtration technologies
  • Water efficient processes
  • Water microbiology
  • Monitoring and characterisation of waste and water streams
  • Optimisation and sustainability assessment of waste and water technologies and systems

Benefits

  • Financial benefits through production of valuable new materials and energy from waste
  • Competitiveness through sustainable water treatment and recycling technologies
  • Resource conservation
  • Minimisation of environmental impact and risks


Additional information

Ulla-Maija Mroueh
Principal Scientist
+358 20 722 5311

Esa Mäkelä
Key Account Manager
+358 20 722 5310

Rainer Raitasuo
Business Manager
+358 20 722 6956

Additional information

Ulla-Maija Mroueh
Principal Scientist
+358 20 722 5311

Esa Mäkelä
Key Account Manager
+358 20 722 5310

Rainer Raitasuo
Business Manager
+358 20 722 6956

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