The water sector is transitioning towards an energy, nutrient and resource recovery regime. Compared to before when drinking water utilities were seen as treatment plants for treating the raw water and make it useful for drinking purpose. And waste water plants are only used to remove the pollutants out of waste water. Now both, drinking and waste water utilities are considered as engines for energy and nutrient recovery and play a central role in moving towards circular economy and achieving the goals of sustainable development.
Our WICE theme courses are specifically designed to cover the topics of energy recovery, both heat and cold recovery from surface, drinking and waste water and also from households like heat recovery from showers. To store the recovered energy, mostly Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage systems (ATES) are used in the Netherlands. Several questions arises when we talk about energy recovery, like: what is this technology? How much potential is there? What role does it play when we talk about energy transition and switching to renewable energy resources? Nowadays, apart from energy, the recovery of nutrients and materials from waste and drinking water treatment processes is also gaining attention.
Our WICE theme is offering the courses on all the above mentioned topics. The courses are covering the related and latest research generated in the field of circular economy in the water sector. And will also highlight the collective role of water utilities, water boards and municipalities towards achieving the goal of the government of the Netherlands to become carbon neutral by 2050. Hence, in 2021 we are offering courses on Aquathermy, Circular Economy in drinking water supply, Circular waste water treatment and the role of Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) systems in energy transition.
This theme is part of our course offering in Water management and water purification.