Official signing of the SINO-N cooperation agreement with the Chinese partners

Chinese delegation visits FiW in Germany to sign the cooperation agreement for the joint project SINO-N and gains an insight into German expertise in waste water disposal during a one week stay

The Research Institute for Water and Waste Management at RWTH Aachen University (FiW) was delighted to welcome expert Chinese representatives of Suzhou Industrial Park Qingyuan Hong Kong & China Water Co., Ltd. for the BMBF funded research project SINO-Nutrients (SINO-N). Qingyuan is not only the leading company with regard to drinking water supply in the project region but furthermore the operator of two waste water treatment plants. The company’s major environmental analytics laboratory makes them an invaluable partner for the SINO-N project.

During a four day program the Chinese partners had the chance to gain an insight into various waste water treatment processes, attended by one of the two further German project partners, the engineering firm ATEMIS, and, depending on the day’s topic, the FiW experts Prof. Dr. Dohmann, Dr. Wermter, Mr. Loderhose, Mr. Yun, Mr. Wöffen, and Mr. Echterhoff. Study trips included the Research Center Jülich as well as three waste water treatment plants in North Rhine-Westphalia (Köln-Stammheim, Mönchengladbach-Neuwerk and Monheim) which covered the topics deammonification, energy efficiency, and phosphorous recycling. A retention soil filter in Kenten and a modular WWTP in The Netherlands were also part of the trip. The Chinese delegation expressed profound interest as well as gratitude for the insights into German waste water and sewage sludge treatment technologies.

Central part of the visit was the official signing of the cooperation agreement by FiW as the representative of the German SINO-N project partners (ATEMIS GmbH and EvU® Innovative Umwelttechnik GmbH) and the Qingyuan company as the representative of the two Chinese project partners to which also the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) belongs.

Both FiW and the Chinese delegation voiced the profound intention to not limit the successful partnership to the current BMBF project SINO-N but to seek long-term cooperation in order to satisfy the Chinese need for innovative and efficient solutions in the fields of waste water and sewage sludge treatment.

Chinesische Delegation des SINO-N Kooperationspartners Qingyuan und Vertretern des FiW
Chinese representatives of SINO-N cooperation partner Qingyuan and representatives of FiW

Official signing of cooperation agreement for the project SINO-N; left: Prof. Dr. Max Dohmann (chairman of FiW), right: Yongnian Guan (chief engineer of Qingyuan)
Official signing of cooperation agreement for the project SINO-N; left: Prof. Dr. Max Dohmann (chairman of FiW), right: Yongnian Guan (chief engineer of Qingyuan)
Visit of deammonification plant at WWTP Monheim (Rheinisch-Bergischer Wasserverband)
Visit of deammonification plant at WWTP Monheim (Rheinisch-Bergischer Wasserverband)