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Projects - Water

Development of a Water Use and Waste Management Framework for the Dairy Processing Industry

The abolition of EU milk quotas in 2015 will offer increased prospects for the Irish dairy industry. A growth of 50% in milk production by 2020 is expected. This will challenge the dairy industry and significant improvements of resource efficiency in water and energy, and waste management are required. This project aims to identify effective and sustainable technologies, which will treat dairy waste and reduce water usage in the dairy processing sector. This project is led by NUIG and project partners include TCD, UCC, AIT and Teagasc. TCD research team will investigate the treatment of dairy wastewater by using nanotechnologies.

For more information about TCD’s task in this project please contact Dr Liwen Xiao
For more information about the project please contact Prof Xinmin Zhan ( at Civil Engineering, NUI Galway.

Using nanotechnology to treat wastewater from offshore oil & gas industry - a feasibility study

The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) is committed to 'zero discharge' in response to the need for a more protective system to tackle aquatic pollution (Directive 2000/60/EC, 2000). Since 2005, oil operators in Norway agreed to implement a zero environmental harmful discharge. Similarly, OSPAR commission has agreed on zero discharge of pollutants into the sea. Most oil and gas companies around the world are now working towards the implementation of 'zero-discharge' of contaminants in produced water (PW). The overall objective of this project is to study the feasibility of using nanomaterials to treat PW from offshore oil and gas industry. The specific objectives are (1) to review the best available technologies for offshore PW treatment, (2) to identify, synthesise and characterise potential nanomaterial for PW treatment and (3) to evaluate the efficiency and cost effectiveness of these nanomaterial. This project is funded by Irish Petroleum Infrastructure Programme.

For more information please contact Dr Liwen Xiao or Dr Zaki-ul-zaman Asam

eGMS - Flood Risk Management

eGMS - Geophysical Monitoring System

The Eureka eGMS project offers a novel geophysical technique that combines advances in hardware with innovative software technologies. This technique produces a quantitative condition assessment of flood embankments which are used to increase the accuracy of Flood Risk Management Plans. The principal advances over the current State of the Art, involves the application of a dipole electromagnetical profiling (DEMP) for quick testing measurement (QTM) coupled with novel software to accurately indentify weaknesses and anomalies which can lead to failure in flood defences.

Smart Irrigation - Water Conservation

Smart Irrigation

Water for irrigation purposes is a precious resource, in particular when considering arid and semi-arid areas where limited or no fresh water is available locally. The irrigation technique investigated would allow, using medical aerosols, to discretely and efficiently deliver water directly to the roots of plants; hence reducing evaporation and percolation losses whilst allowing irrigating with moderately saline water: effectively reducing irrigation costs and improving water conservation.


SuDS - Urban Green Corridors

SuDS and Urban Green Corridors

Drainage Systems are an essential part of the built environment which allows achieving the removal of run-off water from impervious surfaces. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) is a concept that includes long term environmental and social factors in decisions about drainage. Research is being carried out to identify the potential of extending the number of environmental functions performed by Urban Green Corridors to include SuDS.



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