AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria’s largest research institute with more than 1100 employees. Its main aim is to provide research and technological development to realise basic innovations for the next generation of infrastructure related technologies in specific fields of strategic importance namely (1) health & environment, (2) energy, (3) mobility and (4) safety & security. These technological research areas are supplemented by the competence in (5) foresight & policy development.

The Environmental Resources & Technologies Business Unit is summarising its water-related research efforts under two main issues: (1) water resources management and (2) water purification. The specific services offered in these two areas of expertise are lsited below.

Water resources management

i) Exploration and protection of drinking water resources

  • Measurement of hydrogeological parameters of different aquifers
  • Prospection for drinking water supply – identification of potential drinking water sources
  • Borehole siting for groundwater exploration
  • Tracer tests for the recommendation of protection areas
  • Identification and delineation of protection areas
  • Determination of groundwater age and recharge

ii) Management tools

  • GIS-based risk analysis and scenario assessment
  • Development of spatial object-oriented groundwater models
  • FE groundwater modelling and visualisation
  • Development of forecast models for the sustainable use of deep groundwater

iii) Water quality

  • Measurement and assessment of chemical and microbiological water quality
  • Development of chemical and microbiological drinking water tests
  • Calculation and assessment of water mixability

iv) Water isotopes and environmental tracers

  • Tracer tests for determining hydrodynamic discharge
  • Determination of groundwater source and catchment areas
  • Determination of groundwater age and residence times
  • Detection and quantification of exchange processes between groundwater and surface water – mixing models

v) Groundwater measurements for determining aquifer properties

  • Borehole geophysics for characterising aquifer properties – borehole logging
  • Measurement of flow direction and velocity using a colloidal borescope
  • Groundwater monitoring for measuring quantitative and qualitative properties
  • Surface geophysics for determining the geological structure of the subsurface

Water purification

i) Electrochemical oxidation for degradation of biologically active substances and pollutants in waste water (EDs, hormones, drug residues);  As (III) oxidation in drinking water; decoloration and disinfection

ii) Membrane and electromembrane separation for the removal of organic pollutants, arsenic, antimony

iii) Adsorption/ion exchange using biologically degradable natural materials for the removal of ammonium or heavy metals from water

iv) Integrated processes: combination of membranes and advanced oxidation

v) Experimental feasibility studies and method comparisons

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  • 501 - 2000

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  • NPO

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