FACILITIES

 

Water Research Laboratory research premises:

  • Main laboratory (70 m2) for water chemical and microbial analyses,
  • Hydraulic laboratory (70 m2) with several engineering teaching equipment for filtration, coagulation, sedimentation processes.
  • Biotechnology laboratory (more than 100 m2) with 1) a separate climate room with adjustable temperature and humidity for storage of sensitive equipment; 2) separate microbiology rooms for work with specific microorganisms or work in microorganism-free environment; 3) anaerobic chamber to work with oxygen sensitive microorganisms.

 

WRL is orientated within the research process build up pilot scale systems. The most important ones are:

  • Pilot scale water supply system – with several pipe loops of polyvinylchloride and cast iron pipes (length 100 m and DN 50 and 75 mm, with circulation pump with frequency controller, clear water reservoir (10 m3), and waste water reservoir (18 m3). This pilot is dedicated for drinking water discoloration and microbial regrowth studies and is used to test cleaning protocols applicable for drinking water decontamination from chemical/biological agents. (Figure 1)
  • Mobile drinking water network flushing prototype for discoloration minimization. (Figure 2)
  • Mobile smart  biofilter system for groundwater treatment. (Figure 3)
  • Mobile pilot scale biogas production system where as a raw material were used dairy wastes. (Figure 4, 5)
  • Pilot scale biofuel production system where agricultural waste is used as a raw material. (Figure 2)
  • Mobile flushing cart, equipped with an online turbidimeter and flow meters, dedicated for drinking water distribution network flushing according to UDF protocol (Figure 6.). This prototype was produced during FP7 project Techneu and is one of the most often used device.

 

Pilot scale water supply system Water researc laboratoryFigure 1. Pilot scale water supply system

pilot scale biofuel production system water research laboratoryFigure 2. Pilot scale biofuel production system

mobile pilot scale biogas production system water research laboratoryFigure 4. The outside of mobile pilot scale biogas production system

pilot scale biogas production system water research laboratory

Figure 5. Interior of pilot scale biogas production system

the mobile biofilter technology system water research laboratoryFigure 3. The mobile biofilter technology system

mobile flushing cart water research laboratory

Figure 6. Mobile flushing cart



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2. Avoids unnecessary purchasing, manufacturing and shipping of products
3. Maximises opportunity for re-use of specialist equipment locally by HEIs, industry and Small to Medium Enterprises (SME).


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