MCI project placed second in the Research category
The research team led by Project Manager Thomas Obholzer and Program Director Marco Rupprich in the Department of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering has achieved yet another distinction for the MCI: Out of 77 entries from 22 universities, the department’s “4th Treatment Stage in Sewage Plants” project, which is targeted at the sustainable degradation of trace elements, came an impressive second in the Research category.
A large number of chemical compounds – hormones, medicines, herbicides and pesticides, and industrial raw and processing materials – are found in waste waters, and most of them pass through the waste water treatment plants and enter the hydrologic cycle unhindered. The MCI’s researchers have developed a new treatment method involving oxidation of the trace elements with the help of ionized air and their consequent reduction to the limit of detection. The process, which has been the subject of long-term testing in a waste water treatment plant, is easily incorporated in existing plants, and energy consumption and operating costs are low.
The Sustainability Award is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Life and the Ministry of Science and Research. It was created in autumn 2007 to promote sustainability at Austrian universities. The award is made every two years, with a jury selecting the winning projects in eight categories.
Thomas Obholzer, project manager:
“The receiving waters of a sewage plant contain almost a complete apothecary. The new process reduces anthropogenic organic trace contaminants and bacteria to the limit of detection. It saves resources, is easily integrated and is therefore ideally suited for use as a fourth treatment stage.”
Marco Rupprich, head of the MCI’s Department of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering:
“In the context of dwindling resources and growing environmental pollution, clean water as the source of all life is becoming an increasingly precious item. Developments and innovations in the field of waste water treatment are therefore of great interest. The functionality and effectiveness of this innovative technology have been demonstrated in a long-term trial in a sewage plant.”
Andreas Altmann, Rector of the MCI:
"Great importance is attached to Research & Development at Management Center Innsbruck. The MCI defines itself not only in terms of the outstanding quality of its international study programs but increasingly also in terms of research, innovation and the transfer of knowledge. A track record of outstanding results in polls and rankings, and excellent feedback from the business community confirm the high level of international acceptance achieved by the Entrepreneurial School®.”
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