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MILLIONS FOR DRINKING WATER RESEARCH

MILLIONS FOR DRINKING WATER RESEARCH

Most of us take for granted that there is always enough clean water in the tap, but the supply of drinking water in Denmark is actually under pressure. Many drinking water wells must in fact close because the concentrations of substances like pesticides and chlorinated solvents are too high.

Last modified: 11.05.2016

This is one of the problems that the head of the section for Chemical Engineering at Aalborg University Esbjerg, Jens Muff, Associate Professor, along with Henrik Tækker Madsen, Assistant Professor, are trying to find solutions for in their research. The next few years, along with colleagues from Aarhus University and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) in the project MEMBIO they have the opportunity to test various possible solutions in practice, in partnership with technology manufacturers and water supply companies.

This has been made possible through a grant of DKK 10.6 million from Innovation Fund Denmark. In MEMBIO, researchers will develop economically and environmentally sustainable technologies that can purify contaminated drinking water without the formation of unwanted degradation products. This will be achieved by combining the use of advanced membranes and special pesticide-eating bacteria.

The MEMBIO project runs for four years with a total budget of DKK 14.2 million.