Seminar encourages dialogue about water infrastructure

2013-10-30T11:04:00Z 2013-10-30T18:25:15Z Seminar encourages dialogue about water infrastructureRob Earnshaw Times Correspondent
October 30, 2013 11:04 am  • 

HAMMOND │ A series of seminars aimed at inspiring the next generation of engineers and water professionals is underway this week at Midwestern universities, which included a presentation Tuesday at Purdue University Calumet.

The Energy Efficiency Innovation Seminars that focus on municipal water infrastructure features leading German companies from the water sector who present ideas and technologies related to energy efficiency.

The seminars are organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest.

“The goal is to encourage an international dialogue on specific technologies for this industry,” said James Hollis, GACC manager of delegations and energy projects.

George Nnanna, director of the Purdue Calumet Water Institute, which hosted the seminar with the university’s mechanical engineering department, said water quality is intercontinental.

“The water quality issues that are experienced in Europe are a similar challenge confronted in North America, South America and in Africa,” he said.

Dietrich Bartelt, of Germany-based DB Sediments, discussed his company’s technology of moving sediments in water through hydro installations.

Bartelt said the process of taking sediment and depositing it to other areas helps “bring the ecosystem back to balance.”

Tom Larsen, of Illinois-based Memeco Sales and Service, discussed the control devices for the treatment of water developed by Heyl Brothers North America, a company in Germany Memeco represents. Heyl Brothers is a subsidiary of the German company Gebruder Heyl GmbH.

In addition to Purdue Calumet the seminars are taking place at the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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