The facilities focus on research into treatment and distribution processes, future technologies such as low energy treatment and nutrient and energy recovery, condition monitoring and performance assessment including development of repair techniques that are less disruptive to supply and system-wide operation and control and integrated data systems.
The facilities include the National Research Facility for Water and Wastewater Treatment, which supports research on the inter-dependencies between treatment and distribution processes, condition monitoring and performance of technologies. Also included are the Test and Control Sewer Loops, which are generating data critical to understanding and managing the dynamics of FOG deposition; the Point-of-use Water Treatment Development lab, a dedicated collaborative technology development and testing space for water treatment systems; the Breakthrough Innovation Hub, which provides a set of design, build and testing spaces devoted to interdisciplinary research across science, engineering and design; and the sensors lab, a state of the art space for developing and improving water sensors.
The Hub is a collaborative space for biological and chemical engineers, materials scientists, designers, energy specialists, and others to nurture interdisciplinary research across the science, engineering and design disciplines. It will enable potential innovators to develop their ideas through Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), from basic principles and ideas (TRL 1) to near-production level system prototypes (TRL 7) in some cases.
The evidence generated by the Hub will tackle issues raised by pollutants in water supplies, delivery and infrastructure challenges for a growing world population, and the application of the latest technology to meet current and future needs.
The National Research Facility for Water and Wastewater Treatment has been up and running since Summer 2019. The labs and Breakthrough Innovation Hub will launch in April 2020.
|Who can use the facility||Functions/facilities available|
Industry (research and consultancy including testing) and secondments
Equipment, workspace, meeting rooms
|Universities (in collaboration)||All equipment; study space|
|PhD Studentships (part of the CDT) and MSc Students (Cranfield)||Equipment, workspace, meeting rooms|
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