2. February 2024

Microplastics in industrial wastewater

Steigende gesetzliche Regulationen für Polymere, Kunststoffe und Mikroplastik, hohe Kosten für Wasser, Abfälle, Energie, Chemikalien und die Instandhaltung von Anlagen sowie komplexe Verschmutzungsszenarien - Unternehmen, die in ihren Prozessen viel Wasser, Polymere und weitere Chemikalien einsetzen, stehen vor der Herausforderung ihr Umwelt-, Abfall- und Ressourcenmanagements neu auszurichten. Mit dem Verfahren Wasser 3.0 PE-X® steht erstmals eine adaptive Komplettlösung für ein nachhaltiges und kosteneffizientes Sustainability Upgrade für die industrielle Wasserbehandlung zur Verfügung. Der Schwerpunkt des Verfahrens, das auf Green Chemistry, low-tech Anlagen und kreislaufwirtschaftliche Prozesse setzt, liegt in der Entfernung von Mikroplastik. Bei geringen Anschaffungs- und Betriebskosten verbessern sich dabei nicht nur die Wasserqualität, sondern auch Ressourcennutzung, Abfallaufkommen und Energieverbrauch.
19. January 2024

Forever Chemicals – PFAS (Part 2)

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – synthetic “forever chemicals” – have become a substantial and pervasive global challenge. They have managed to infiltrate diverse ecosystems, contaminate water sources, and accumulate in human bodies. They are incredibly persistent and have significant adverse effects on both human health and the environment. Acting now to unravel the complexity of the PFAS problem and implement effective solutions is critical to prevent further accumulation in the environment and secure a healthier future for generations to come. Part two of our PFAS blog series will address the health risks associated with PFAS and the EU’s recently proposed restriction.
8. January 2024

Microplastics in wastewater treatment plants

Microplastics and highly viscous oligomers (including soluble polymers) cannot yet be removed within the purification stages of a wastewater treatment plant. For this reason alone, sewage treatment plants are considered to be emitters of microplastics into the environment. Read more in our blog.
5. July 2023

Forever Chemicals – PFAS (Part 1)

Non-stick pans, waterproof clothing, food packaging – within all these products lie toxic “forever” chemicals called PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). These synthetic chemicals are used in various industries for their water-, stain- and grease-resistant properties, but contaminate the air, water, and soil along the entire value chain. They have been detected everywhere from human blood and organs, groundwater, marine animals, wildlife, rain, and remote regions of the Arctic. Because of their high persistence, they can take thousands of years to degrade and thus accumulate in the environment. Combined with their toxicity, high mobility, accumulation in organisms (bioaccumulation and -magnification), they are a major concern as environmental pollutants. The EU has recently released its proposal for a PFAS ban. In our two-part blog, we get to the bottom of the issue.
27. June 2023

Sports and Microplastics

The focus today is not on functional clothing, but on artificial turf pitches. A place where sport drama takes place and people gather to cheer, cry, fight devotedly and bare their hearts. Artificial turf fields are places of encounter, but unfortunately also a place and pathway for microplastics to enter the environment. The benefits of high robustness and low maintenance have led to a rapid increase in the number of pitches, but no one has considered the associated environmental impacts. However, possibilities exist to minimize the entries into the environment, possibly even to reduce them to zero, and are covered in today's blog.
30. May 2023

Partner in Mission: Van Remmen UV Technology

Responsible research for water without microplastics and micropollutants is part of our DNA. Since October 2021, we have been researching a combination of the AOP processes from our cooperation partner Van Remmen UV Technology and our processes around Wasser 3.0 PE-X® at the Landau wastewater treatment plant. The combination will open new perspectives for a 4th treatment stage in wastewater treatment . How? Read more.