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Overview of Projects:

Innovation Forum for SMEs: Sustainable Utility Partnerships 4.0

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At the heart of the Sustainable Utility Partnerships 4.0 project is the idea of opening up opportunities for German water and wastewater utility operators to become more involved internationally through the targeted development of "Water 4.0" technologies. ...more


Stadtsicherheit 3D: Strengthening perceived safety in public spaces

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The perception of personal safety in public spaces varies individually, however specific factors of urban design may limit or support it. Within the project "Stadtsicherheit 3D” ("urban security 3D”), inter 3 supports the development of a 3D planning tool by analyzing the context of its implementation....more


Research for preventing industrial microplastics emission

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The EmiStop project analyses methods and technologies for measuring and preventing microplastics emission from industrial wastewater into surface water. inter 3 structures and compares optimization strategies developed in the project and prepares recommendations for industrial users....more


Can a forest manage itself? Digital approaches for a public debate on Bioeconomy 4.0

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Using the example of digitization in forestry, inter 3 will set impulses for the social discourse on potentials and risks of bioeconomy. Communication and participation formats developed in this project are applicable far beyond the wood-based bioeconomy....more


FLEXIBLE UTILITY – Climate resilience and efficiency in urban infrastructures

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How can the proper functioning of infrastructure systems under changing climatic conditions be ensured? The research project "FLEXITILITY” searches systematically for new ways to introduce flexible strategies of infrastructure operation. In this context, inter 3 is responsible for the development of societal approaches for flexible resource consumption as well as for the innovation management of holistic approaches for flexible infrastructure operation....more


Elimination of micro-pollutants in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (ZeroTrace)

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Worldwide, 50 million organic chemical compounds are circulating, 5,000 of which are regarded as potentially harmful to the environment. Germany has a lot of industrial agglomerations, and wastewater and water bodies are often heavily contaminated. Almost every household and industry is connected to a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), but these are often not designed to handle contamination with pharmaceutical residues and organic trace substances. The BMBF-funded ZeroTrace project aims at developing new processes for eliminating micro-pollutants in municipal and industrial WWTPs....more


Welcome perspectives - Migrants4Cities: Migrants design the sustainable city of the future in Mannheim

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How would migrants design a (more) sustainable city of Mannheim? Would the city benefit from intercultural perspectives? inter 3, the city of Mannheim and the TU Berlin create an urban design thinking process, focusing on the idea of a climate-friendly and livable city....more


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