Water safety – the focus of applied research
The environmental engineering department offers companies and communities field-specific product development and testing services and does applied research work in cooperation with companies and different research institutes in the field. International cooperation is important part of the department.
Applied research work concentrates on water safety and bioprocesses. The applied RDI work in water safety focuses on monitoring and simulation methods as well as on developing and testing the purification technologies especially in communal water supply, agriculture and industries with high water consumption such as mining and pulp and paper industries. As to bioprocesses, the focus is on developing new applications especially to convert organic industrial waste streams into energy and bio raw materials with the help of microbiological processes.
The special strength of the environmental engineering department is the capability and capacity of pilot-scale testing of water purification technologies and monitoring systems and applying these into practice. This makes it possible to apply new information and put it into practice in workable solutions. Moreover, it enables the testing of new innovations on the client’s field site. Pilot-scale testing and related equipment offer companies a unique possibility to test and develop new product innovations in the water sector.
One of the strengths of Savonia UAS is close cooperation with the research institutes in Kuopio Science Park and with international partner universities and universities of applied sciences. Savonia UAS has active cooperation with i.a. the University of Eastern Finland, Geological Survey of Finland, Natural Resources Institute Finland and with National Institute for Health and Welfare.
Environmental Engineering menu:
Test equipment at your disposal
Our pilot scale movable testing equipment makes successful process testing possible on the field sites defined by the client. The operations are supported by our water laboratory with high analytical capacity.
We test and develop water treatment processes, chemicals and equipment. In addition, we develop bioprocess applications for water treatment and biorefining.
Support for your product development
Our comprehensive test results provide new information on the features of your product to help you find a new path for your development work.
We offer education when needed
Water safety and waterworks operations are our strengths. Water treatment laboratories serve as learning environments for our environmental engineering education as well as for tailored training courses for companies.
The Product Development and Testing Services of Water Treatment Processes Including
- Analysing services
- Laboratory-scale product development and testing services
- Pilot-scale product development and testing services
Environmental Monitoring, Database Services and Simulation
- Hydraulic simulation and water balance management
- Databased simulation and data analyses
- Database services
- Water safety education
- Pato training courses
- Kokoeko seminars
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Facilities and Equipment
The operational environment and laboratories of the environmental engineering department are located in Kuopio Science Park, on the Microkatu campus. They contain a clean water testing hall of approx. 200 m², a waste water laboratory of approx. 100 m² and an analytical laboratory. The facilities are used in the education of Savonia UAS engineering students and the environmental sciences students at the University of Eastern Finland. In addition, the facilities include the Process Tomography Laboratory in the Department of Applied Physics at UEF.
The testing hall is mainly used to develop water purification processes and quality monitoring methods. In addition, there is equipment for laboratory-scale testing of open channel, pipeline and groundwater flows. Water treatment tests can also be conducted under field conditions.
The testing hall contains i.a. pilot-scale surface waterworks (Qmit=3 m³/h) with required adjustment and automation systems as well as with a 600-meter-long water supply test system.
The wastewater laboratory contains equipment for wastewater and sludge treatment and for biogas research. Wastewater and sludge tests can also be conducted under field conditions.
The Analytical Laboratory adjacent to the Testing Hall enables quick and flexible clean and wastewater analyses. The versatile laboratory equipment permits pilot-scale testing and demonstration of phenomena related to environmental engineering.
Projects (applied research)
The ReNutriWater Project is Funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme and co-funded by European Union.
ReNutriWater project answers to the challenges specified in the Programme objective Water-smart societies, priority 2.1. Sustainable waters.
The Programme supports actions that improve the state of water in the region and make its management more sustainable.
These waters include the Baltic Sea, coastal waters and inland waters like rivers, lakes and groundwater.
Closing local water circuits by recirculating nutrients & water and using them in nature.
The challenge is to prepare solutions to produce appropriate quality water from wastewater, adjust this quality to the needs in order to properly care for urban areas. The project shows how to assess, mitigate and reduce risk. It is also necessary to remove the mental barrier and make water reuse more familiar and popular.
- National/ Regional/ Local public authorities
- Infrastructure & public service providers
- Interest groups
ReNutriWater contributes to the EUSBSR Policy Areas Nutri and Tourism.
- 14 Project Partners representing 5 countries: Poland, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark.
- 22 Associated Organisations representing 8 countries: Poland, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Estonia, Sweden, Belgium.
Chamber of Economy Polish Waterworks (Izba Gospodarcza WODOCIĄGI POLSKIE) from Bydgoszcz, Poland.
- Total budget: 3,847,234 €
- Programme co-financing 80%: 3,077,787 €
- Project Partners Own funding 20%: 769,447 €
Project budget for Savonia UAS:
- Total budget: 497,525 €
- Programme co-financing 80%: 398,020 €
- Project Partners Own funding 20%: 99,505 €
Project time frame
- Project implementation 1.1.2023 – 31.12.2025
- Project closure ends 31.3.2026
Work Packages – Leaders:
WP1: Preparing solutions
- Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
- Chamber of Economy Polish Waterworks, Poland
WP2: Piloting and evaluating solutions
- Savonia University of Applied Sciences Ltd, Finland
- Municipal Water and Sewerage Company in Warsaw, Poland
WP3: Transferring solutions
- Centrum Balticum Foundation, Finland
- Chamber of Economy Polish Waterworks, Poland
WP1. Preparing solutions
- Determining preconditions for pilots
Deliverable: System boundaries defined (report)
- Establishing the local target group networks
Deliverable: 5 local target group networks created
- Validating final conditions for pilots
Deliverable: Final conditions for pilots defined – set of water & nutrients reuse techniques (report)
- Determining a scope of the risk assessment for pilots
Deliverable: Validated scope of the risk analysis for pilots and other BSR regions (report)
- Identifying business opportunities and defining scope of functionality of WaterSafe-tool
Deliverable: Sustainable and circular business models & determined functionality of WaterSafe-tool
WP2. Piloting and evaluating solutions
- Pilot 1 (P1): Disinfection efficiency of reclaimed water
Output: Efficient methods of disinfection of reclaimed water
- Pilot 2 (P2): Composition adjustment of reclaimed water
Output: Methods of selecting the composition of reclaimed water tailored to the needs
- Pilot 3 (P3): Breaking barriers for reclaimed water use
Output: Methods to ensure the safe use of reclaimed water
- Implementing and testing WaterSafe IT Tool
Output: WaterSafe IT Tool
- Developing a Handbook on water reuse
Deliverable: Handbook on safe water reuse
WP3. Transferring solutions
- Transferring solutions – communication, activities and tools
Deliverable: Transferred solutions – final report
- Conducting survey analysis to measure and expand awareness
Deliverable: Awareness survey – report
- Developing and implementing a mentoring programme “Safe Water”
Deliverable: Mentoring programme “Safe Water” for target groups
Environmental Engineering department of Savonia UAS is heavily involved in ReNutriWater as Project Partner no. 6, and the Leader of whole Work Package 2, that includes piloting and evaluating solutions. There is planned to develop 3 piloting stations in WaterLAB and prepare laboratory tests in the field of microbiological indicators, physico-chemical characteristic extended by micropollutants and toxicity tests. Savonia together with the second leader Municipal Water and Sewerage Company in Warsaw from Poland oversees the development of pilots for other partners as well.
AMBITIOUS stands for Advanced CoMputing Continuum Solutions for Boosting DigITalization acrOss EUropean RegionS.
This EU funded project aims to find innovative digital solutions for climate change related environmental issues, urbanisation, energy production and occupational safety.
From Savonias point of view the challenges we will focus on are urban floods, storm water infrastucture updates, leakages in the pipelines, energy and water needs and how to predict and model all of the before mentioned using AI, 5G and IoT.
More info on AMBITIOUS can be found from www.ambitious-project.eu.
Examples of completed projects:
Smart Water 2.0.
Smart Water 2.0. project ran through 05/2021 – 08/2023 and concentrated on raising the technological level of water intensive industries, in co-operation with related companies and organizations. This project also improved the technological level of Savonias own WaterLAB facilities with new online-measurement devices for WaterLOOP and sensor devices for the SuperDMA (district monitoring) area.
SWIM – Smart Water Management
SWIM- project ran through 04/2021 – 12/2023 and aimed to help companies and municipalities ready up their facilities, infrastructure and devices for future changes in extreme weather events due to climate change, tighter directives from EU and elevated customer expectations. Project was funded by Business Finland.
YTY – Innovatiiviset yhdistelmäkäsittelyteknologiat typen poiston tehostamiseksi kylmissä jätevesissä
YTY – Innovative combination processes technologies to enhance the extraction of Nitrogen from cold wastewaters.
YTY- projects duration was 08/2022 – 12/2023. During the project MBBR (moving bed bioreactor)-technology combined with nanofiltration was used to reduce nitrogen in wastewaters from a landfill in Kuopio. The project was funded by the Environmental Ministry of Finland.
Kuopio Water Cluster (KWC)
KWC concentrates the research, development and innovation in water-sector in Pohjois-Savo region and Finland. The Cluster offers a one-stop solution for rapid product development, testing and commercialisation services for companies operating in the water technology sector.
- Municipal water and wastewater treatment
- Mining industry
- Pulp & paper
Kuopio Water Cluster provides access to specialised laboratories, experts, and assisting personnel from all partnering organisations. Laboratory scale tests are combined with custom-made, containerised pilot-scale test-rigs allowing for rapid on-site demonstrations. KWC is ongoing during 2019 – 2021. https://kuopiowatercluster.com/
KOKOEKO – Current Waste Management Issues; Seminars
The KOKOEKO seminars were organised annually with an aim to bring together experts in the waste man-agement and environment sectors and help them reach a sustainable future together. The aim was to provide information, visions and solutions in view of the challenges in the waste management and recycling sectors. The target groups were e.g. municipalities, authorities, business life, education and research institutes. The seminars also enabled increased interaction between businesses and municipalities by providing them with networking possibilities.
WaterPro – Northern Runoffs into Profits
Water-Pro (1.4.2016 – 31.3.2019) aims to develop and transfer eco-efficient tools and models for runoff management in the field of agriculture and mineral extraction in Northern and Arctic areas. Runoffs from both of these sectors have large volumes, but low concentrations of nutrients and other compounds – therefore some similar measures and practices could be utilised. Moreover, the climate change will bring further challenges in controlling runoffs and water safety in the near future. Lead partner Savonia University of Applied Sciences, other partners: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland, Agricultural University of Iceland, Geological Survey of Finland, Lough Neagh Partnership Ltd, Northern Ireland, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. The project is financed by The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020. Read more on the project’s website.
MAALi – Development Project; A Multi-element Analytics Laboratory
The strategic aims of the MAALi project (1.9.2016 – 30.9.2018) are to develop the research and education environment of environmental and material analytics and to strengthen and promote the position of environmental and material analytics at UEF. The practical aim is to acquire and introduce an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and an ion chromatograph (IC) equipment to enable cost-efficient inorganic analyses. The inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry enables broad metal quantifications with very low limits of quantification. The ion chromatograph (IC) enables the quantification of water soluble ions in the samples. The research teams at UEF do extensive research work in cooperation with business and this work benefits from the acquisition of the analysis equipment. The leader of the project is UEF and Savonia UAS is the co-operator. The project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
iFORMINE – Innovative Mine Water Purification Solutions and Eco-efficient Piloting
The iFORMINE project (1.8.2016 – 31.7.2018) aims at developing new solutions to manage mine waters and to increase eco-efficiency. Efficient and safe management of water and material flows is being developed in cooperation with forest industry process experts and mining experts. Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences has the leading role in the project. Other partners are Savonia UAS, Lapland UAS, Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Geological Survey Finland. The pro-ject is financed by the Regional Council of South Savo and the European Regional Development Fund.
VIRVE- Vigour from Water to Develop North Savo Business
The VIRVE project (1.1.2016 – 31.12.2017) aims to develop the commercialisation options of the water sector knowhow as well as the possibilities to promote business start-ups. The development work is supported by the expertise in Kuopio Science Park and RDI laboratories. The aim is to cre-ate the most attractive and versatile water business and product development ecosystem Kuopio Science Park to help develop and commercialise new innovations and applications and generate new business activities. Savonia UAS is in charge of the project implementation and it is financed by the Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo.
METVI – Energy-efficient Pretreatment of Forest Industry Wastewaters
The METVI project (1.7.2015 – 31.12.2017) aims at increasing the efficiency of the treatment pro-cess of paper and pulp mill wastewaters resulting in more cost-efficient organic load reduction and highly improved energy efficiency. The wastewater treatment process will be made more ef-ficient by developing the pretreatment of the inflowing water. This is done by applying the anaer-obic wastewater treatment process. At the same time biogas can be produced as the organic mat-ter in the wastewater degrades microbiologically under anaerobic conditions. The organic matter content reduction by using this technology decreases the amount of emerging sludge thus also decreasing the need for the tertiary treatment of sludge. In addition, the pretreatment significant-ly reduces the consumption of chemicals and energy of the actual sewage treatment plant pro-cesses. These factors contribute to significant cost savings as regards wastewater and sludge treatment and improve the energy efficiency of the processes. The METVI project is financed by the Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo, EAKR Flat Rate 2014-2020. Read more >>
KAIVOSVV – Network of Expertise in the Mine Water Sector
The KAIVOS VV project (1.11.2014 – 31.12.2017) brings together the Finnish mine water research organisations, service providers, mines, other operators and authorities to improve the impact of mine waters on the economic efficiency of the mines, process functions, environmental load and social acceptability. Mine waters form a complex whole and it is very difficult, if not quite impos-sible, for one organisation or small consortium to manage it fully. The implementing consortium of the project contains only a few members of the network. The Eastern Finland Office of the Geo-logical Survey of Finland is the leader of the project. The other partners are the National Institute for Health and Welfare, University of Easter Finland and Savonia University of Applied Sciences. The project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
FunktioMat – A Pilot- environment Development Project to Produce and Test Functional Ma-terials Industrially
The FunktioMat project (1.1.2016 – 31.12.2017) aims at developing the RDI environments at UEF and Savonia UAS and combining them into a functional entity to enable pilot-scale production and testing of functional materials for water purification as well as the testing of new technologies. Savonia UAS and partner companies are responsible for the material testing. The resulting mate-rial production and testing environment enables the implementation of large-scale national and international research projects. It also makes the business service provision to companies possible. The project promotes material efficiency and low carbon production by developing the use of in-dustrial shunt currents to produce functional materials. The project leader is UEF and Savonia UAS is a co-operator. The project is financed by the Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo.
Water-M – Unified Intelligent Water Management
The WATER-M (1.8.2014 – 31.10.2016) project aims at developing water supply networks’ real-time operational control and optimisation as well as safety implemented by an international con-sortium. The leader of the consortium is France and research organisations and businesses in the water sectors in Romania, Turkey and Finland are engaged in the project. The project aims to de-velop e.g. smart calculation methods to simulate the hydraulic status of the water distribution networks (WDNs), changes in the pipeline water quality as well as water consumption. The project results enable the creation of real-time situational awareness of the WDNs based on both network models and smart calculation methods. Savonia UAS is responsible for the implementation of the pilot testing to verify the functionality of the monitoring system in practice. In Finland the project is financed by Tekes and it is part of the EU ITEA2 programme.
RAE – Nutrient Losses into Euros
The aim of the RAE project (1.6.2011 – 28.02.2015) was to help farms utilise nutrient losses efficiently to improve prof-itability. The project aimed at increasing farm nutrient recycling and reducing the nutrient content in the water system. It also aimed at producing and transferring knowledge of the most suitable cultivation methods in Eastern Finland and at creating an active network of players to support this work.
ERKKA – Energy-efficient Farm Buildings
The ERKKA project (1.9.2011 – 28.2.2015) aimed at examining how dairy farms can improve profitability by reducing energy costs. The focus was on increased energy efficiency and self-produced energy benefitting from renewable energy sources. The target groups were farms, advisors and civil engineers.
ABOWE project (Implementing Advanced Concepts for Biological Utilization of Waste)
ABOWE project (Implementing Advanced Concepts for Biological Utilization of Waste)(12/2012-12/2014) was an extension stage of the REMOWE project (Regional Mobilization of Sustainable Waste to Energy Production, 12/2009-12/2012). As a direct result from REMOWE, the partnership from six countries continued to work with two promising technologies, unlocking investments with support from the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.
In ABOWE, two mobile pilot plants were built and tested by the partnership within the Baltic Sea Region. These pilots are Pilot A (based on a novel Biorefinery concept from Finnoflag Oy, Finland) and Pilot B (based on a German Dry Fer-mentation process). The pilot tests in different countries formed the basis for compilation of investment memos and organization of introductory seminars / investor events. Also the regional model, developed in REMOWE, was utilized to evaluate e.g. the feedstock potentials and climatic impacts of the new processes from the regions’ perspective.
The desired outcomes from ABOWE are implementer/investor driven continuation projects targeting full scale plant investments of the two technologies.
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The LakeAdmin project (1.1.2012 – 31.12.2014) aimed at compiling a set of good practices for lake restoration and transferring them into practice in their regional planning and water management. For further information, please click: http://www.interreg4c.eu/projects/project-details/index-project=181-regional-administration-of-lake-restoration-initiatives&.html
Water Security Knowhow in Kuopio Science Park and Recognition of Business Opportunities
The project (1.7.2012-31.12.2014) aimed at compiling the water security knowhow in Kuopio Science Park and creating an extensive educational programme on that basis to develop expertise and business activities.
METLI – Service Business Potential from Forest Industry Sludge
The METLI project (1.8.2012-30.6.2014) aimed at finding a holistic solution to the utilisation of forest industry sludge and at helping the players in the field to network. In addition, the aim was to produce information on the applicability of various sludge and sludge mixture treatment processes as well as on the qualities of the end products and their utilisation potential.