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Water Treatment focuses on making innovative solutions available for water-related issues for the industrial, agricultural and urban sectors. The emphasis lies on developing decentralised water treatment units that produce for-use water qualities and can be used throughout the water chain. The driving force behind this is the increasing fresh water scarcity and salinity.
Water Treatment is geared to the development of innovative, decentralised water-treatment concepts in the urban and industrial environment: the focus lies on developing and implementing new, (patented) water technologies for water preparation, purification and cycle closure to enable reuse and efficient utilisation of water and energy, the reduction of the emissions of toxic and environment-alien substances to the surface water and the recovery of valuable components (nutrients/minerals). TNO's well equipped research facilities can develop new technologies and concepts of lab experiments via pilots to on-site demos. The Water Treatment expertise group has built up considerable knowledge and experience of membrane separation methods like membrane distillation and pertraction as well as other physical separations process like solvent extraction, adsorption, crystallisation, advanced oxidation and electrochemistry. For biochemical processes (communal waste water processing) there is cooperation with the Microbiology and Systems Biology expertise group.
Water Treatment demonstrates water technologies for closing the water cycle and reuse of nutrients in greenhouse horticulture, the built environment, industry and agriculture:
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