Deliverable 1.1
Map of technologies


This map presents a listing of technologies available in the field of wastewater. The aim is to provide the user with an overview of the range of technologies available to treat wastewater. It is not a comprehensive listing of all technologies. Rather, it presents an overview of the diverse range of technologies available assisting the user to hone in on a relevant subset of technologies. If you do not find what you are looking for the ‘map’ should help you narrow your field of interest.

Click here to go straight to the map, or read on to find out more about the sections of the map and how it is put together.

1.1 Headings

There are six columns labelled ‘technology’, 'status’, ‘energy’, ‘environment’, ‘decentralisation’, and ‘flexibility’ running from left to right. A discussion of each follows.

1.1.1 Technology

The map presents first level technology headings in the first column, broadly in order of treatment. The first three headings for example are, ‘preliminary treatment’, ‘biological/chemical treatment’, and ‘specialist treatment’. Click on any of these first level headings and it will open up to reveal second level headings each of which has a number of relevant technologies in the second column labelled status.

The five columns from status onwards describe an attribute of the technology in question.

1.1.2 Status

All technologies will have an entry in this column. Clicking on a technology in the status column directs the user to a website that gives more information about the technology in question. It also classifies the technology as either operational, innovative or forerunner. Operational technologies are proven, mainstream technologies. Forerunner technologies are still developmental but are applicable in real-life contexts. Finally, innovative technologies are ‘uncertain’ and are not totally risk-free.

1.1.3 Energy

The third column, energy, relates to technologies that can reduce energy consumption and thereby the carbon footprint of wastewater treatment.

1.1.4 Environment

The fourth column, environment, flags up technologies that are beneficial to the environment or have an environmental impact.

1.1.5 Decentralisation

The fifth column, decentralisation, relates to those technologies that are operable at different scales.

1.1.6 Flexibility

Finally, the flexibility column relates to technologies that one can apply in different configurations and put to different uses.

1.1.7 Map Entries

Not all technologies reference against all attributes. Some may have two, three or even four. For example, a particular technology may have the status of being operational, and may be energy efficient, have an environmental impact and be flexible. Such a technology would have an entry in columns 2, 3, 4 and 6. Where appropriate, individual technologies will have additional contextual information provided following the link to the relevant website. For example the technology found at Scott Process Technology has the annotation, Examples of different processes for industrial and municipal WWT which gives you an indication of the focus even before you open the page.

1.1.8 Navigation

The map of technologies will automatically fit your browser window whatever its size. If your interest is in two of the attributes only, you can click hide against all other attributes at the very top of the screen to configure the map so that it displays only those two attributes that interest you.

Click here to go to the map.


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