The Water Test Network project promoted the testing of innovative technologies at an advanced stage of development (TRL5-8) by setting up a transnational network of demonstration plants in the UK, FR, DE, NL and BE. Different water types and applications were represented in these and the TZW was integrated into this network as German testing institution.
The aim of the Water Test Network project was to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing market-ready products for the water sector. The project was funded by the European Union (Interreg NWE).
The project, originally designed to run for 3 years, was extended by one year until the end of 2022 due to the Corona pandemic. National and international information events could be held in 2019 and then again from the end of 2021.
SMEs received an integral support package, selecting the best possible demonstration facility for their needs. A total of 134 applications for support from SMEs were submitted and approved, 12 of which were from Germany. 58 technologies were tested in the various demonstration facilities.
Several products from German and French companies were tested at TZW.
In the last work package, a business model was developed that includes the maintenance of the transnational network after the end of the project period. Six partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to maintain this network. This provides SMEs with a fee-based transnational network for testing new technologies in the water sector ( see https://watertestnetwork.eu/en ).
Lipp P., Hambsch B., Bösl M., Nahrstedt A., Herzog R.: Standartisiertes Testverfahren für den Virenrückhalt von Ultrafiltrationsmembranen.
DVGW energie | wasser-praxis (EWP) 9/2017: 34-41 (2017)
Hambsch B., Hügler M., Schönthal M., Kempf T., Maier M.: Einfluss von Wasserzählern auf die mikrobiologische Beschaffenheit der nachgeschalteten Trinkwasser-Installation. Veröffentlichungen aus dem Technologiezentrum Wasser, ISSN 1434-5765, TZW-Band 73: 101-151 (2016)
Hambsch B., Lipp P., Bösl M., Kreißel K.: Elimination von Viren durch Filtrationsverfahren der Trinkwasseraufbereitung. DVGW energie | wasser-praxis (EWP) 12/2014: 90-97 (2014)
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