Sanitation surveys in Lima, Peru

As part of the World Bank project "Faecal Sludge Management: Diagnostic Tools and Guidelines for Service Delivery in Poor Urban Areas" AKUT was commissioned in May 2014 with the implementation of surveys related to faecal sludge management in Lima, Peru. These surveys are part of a worldwide investigation that takes place in five cities on four continents.
This involves conducting a household survey (720 households) and focus group discussions, collecting and analysing faecal sludge samples and undertaking and documenting transect walks and field observations.
The project runs until September 2014.

Promoting climate-friendly biogas technology in Brazil

Since October 2013 AKUT is active on behalf of GIZ in Brazil within the German Climate Technology Initiative (DKTI). The project takes place until September 2015 and promotes the energetic use of biogas in the wastewater sector.
The project supports the Brazilian energy planning authority EPE (Empresa de Pesquisa Energética) in the analysis of the biogas potential in Brazil, as well as in the identification of successful biogas business models for and barriers to the economic utilisation of anaerobe technologies, so that this information can be used for key stakeholders in the biogas sector. Throughout of the project four pilot and demonstration projects will be initiated.
Information on energy demand and gas potential of the systems is required in order to improve energy efficiency and the energetic use of biogas in sewage treatment plants. To determine the biogas potential and to develop proposals for future wastewater treatment projects a measurement campaign at ten selected wastewater treatment plants will be carried out.

Regional development scenarios about urban water management

AKUT has elaborated in the working group ZUSIE together with the engineering firm Prof. Dr. Sieker mbH, Hoppegarden and the Water Department of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock an expert report on regional development scenarios about urban water management considering the conditions of demographic change in the state of Brandenburg.
Safe drinking water supply and sanitation are very important aspects of the general public services. With this study the administration, the municipalities and the public should be made aware of the possible consequences of demographic change. The consequences for the expenses, the financing and the organization of water supply and sanitation are to be developed as part of a process model.
The summary of this study from November 2013 is published on the website

Finlays CHP Biogasplant in Kericho starts working

The first stage of extension of the Finlays CHP Biogasplant started working in April 2014 in Kericho, Kenya.
Customer is Finlays an international company, principally focused on tea, but although on rubber, flowers and fresh produce in Africa and Sri Lanka.
The Ambition
The plant is designed to use waste from flower and tea production and slurry from septic tanks. The first stage is laid out to substrate feeding of about 28 to per day with electrical installation of about 160 kW. About the same amount of heat will be used to pre-heat the water for steam-production. Extension will be for 70 to per day with electrical installation of about 600 kW.
Beside the production of electricity to stabilize and support the local grid the plant will avoid the emission of greenhouse gases like methane from dumping waste. Together with the use of the digested slurry as fertilizer in the wood production (closing loops) the plant aims to contribute to Finlays sustainable development goals like ‘zero net impact’ as minimum environmental standard.
The beginning
AKUT stepped into the project from the very beginning (in 2007) with a feasibility study followed by a trial for digesting the specific wastes (2008–2010). Based on these results and according to the Kenyan specifics on construction prizes the design and the final calculations were done in 2013. Also in AKUT organized a training program in Germany for the two designated operators of the plant.
At the end AKUT was also responsible for the delivery of machinery and pipes, supervision of construction and put in operation. Now support for first period of operation starts April 2014.
The plant
The digester is constructed as combination of lagoon with about 22 m diameter and ring wall out of reinforced concrete. In total the depth is at 7 m and the filling level at about 6.30 m. The lagoon and the walls are sealed with a fabric reinforced PE-foil. The digester is covered with a gas tight plastic membrane; air inflated for protection against heavy rains and wind and integrated gas holder.
All technical equipment is located in a single 20' container: pumps for mixing and feeding, equipment and panels for measurement and control, the compressor for pressurized air, the register for hot water of heating system, the distribution register for feeding and transport pipes, heat exchanger, compressor systems and electrical supply devices. Moreover the control system is automated.
For using the gas a new efficient biogas dual-fuel CHPS is implemented. The CHPS is preinstalled in a container. The electrical energy will be fed into the internal grid. Some of the thermal energy will be used to warm up new substrate and to maintain the temperature of the digester. A heat-pipe will be laid to the nearby Tea-factory to use the rest for pre-heating water in the Central Steam Station.
Feeding is done with a central feeding pump following a substrate conditioning with crusher and septic slurry storage.
Feeding devices are already prepared for extension to full capacity, so it will be easy to go further with the digester 2 3 4.

Global Wetland Technology

AKUT is cofounder of GWT
Global Wetland Technology (GWT) is a worldwide cooperation of companies. These are leading on the field of natural wetland systems for water and waste treatment.
The international cooperation of experienced specialists guaranties a new quality concerning every application and every region.
GWT participates in national and international tendering and operates as consortium.
All members are involved with IWA specialist groups and actively join R+D projects for finding new solutions.

Water Berlin International 2013

On their official opening tour of the Fair Water Berlin International 2013 AKUT welcomed at its stand Dirk Niebel, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Eng. Abdel Qawi Khalifa, Egyptian Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitary Installations, and Melanie Schultz van Haegen-Maas Geesteranus, Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Environment.
Thilo Burkard informed the guests about a cooperation project in the field of water supply and sanitation in Peru.

Press release of the Water Berlin International 2013: Three ministers tour the fair

Water Berlin International 2013

AKUT Umweltschutz Ingenieure Burkard und Partner was present at the Fair WATER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL 2013, taking place from 23rd to 26th April 2013 on the exhibition grounds of Messe Berlin, at the joint stand of the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg.
Hall 2.2 Stand 200

The Ambassador of the Republic of Congo visits the WWTP Wagenitz

Mr. Burkard (AKUT), Dr. Nowak (AKUT), Mr. Christian Pust (Director Local Authority Friesack and communities), Mr. Müller (OWA), Mr. Müller (AKUT), the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo, H.E. Mr. Jacques Yvon Ndolou, Mr. Henning (bg-consulting), the personal assistant to the Ambassador Mr. Alain Itoua Gassay and Dr. Blaschke (GNF Adlershof) visit together the waste water treatment plant Wagenitz, facility converted by AKUT Partner to an energy-saving SBR-plant (6.000 inhabitants).

AKUT is active in Morocco

Since December 2012 AKUT is part of a PPP-Project for rainwater collection in Morocco: "Rainwater Harvesting in Tidhreste, Morocco"
The project is conducted in cooperation with the Berlin landscape planning office Schulze und Matthes, the local association AED and GIZ.
The objective is the development and introduction of methods for rainwater collection in conjunction with measures for the prevention of erosion.
To be used are systems for rainwater collection, such as terraced collection areas and mini-reservoirs, the so called Negarim, which enable targeted soil moisturising in the form of water storage and erosion prevention, as well as systems for the collection of water on the sole of dried-up water courses, called Oueds. For the irrigation systems particularly resource-saving technologies will be combined with traditional practices. As a result all participant local partners should be able to plan and build such systems on site.
The project has a duration of two years.

AKUT is active in Nicaragua

Since June 2012 AKUT is active on behalf of GIZ in Nicaragua.
The aim of the TC-project is to improve the energetic efficiency of the water supply and sanitation systems. The main focus will be the institutional strengthening of the national water supply and waste water disposal company Empresa Nicaragüense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (ENACAL).
AKUT is responsible for improving the organisation, the main operations and cost structure of the two branch offices of ENACAL in Boacco and Chontales.
In addition to increasing the service quality (supply duration and customer service), the project it also about establishing a system of result-oriented and effective planning, monitoring and evaluation tools, as well as the introduction of standardized processes and procedures (SOP).
In order to cover the operation costs the following aspect are to be implemented: reduction of physical water losses, reduction of energy costs and increase of revenue by developing and maintaining a customer register.
The project has a duration of two years.

World Water Day 2012

On the occasion of World Water Day on 22nd March 2012 AKUT organized together with the engineering offices Alwin Eppler, Dornstetten and Obermeyer, Potsdam a workshop on

"Sustainable water management – customized solutions – energy optimization".

In a wonderful atmosphere in Kalksee in Berlin, various representatives of the water management and local authorities came together to discuss current issues of water management. Exciting presentations on current issues of water supply and waste water disposal were held, the focus this year was "energy".

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Barjenbruch, Technical University Berlin, Department of Urban Water Management
Bodo Heise, State Agency for Agriculture and Environment, Mecklenburg Lake District, Neubrandenburg
Prof. Ludwig Obermeyer, Obermeyer Engineering Office
Wolfgang Strasser, Alwin Eppler Engineering Office
AKUT Environmental Engineering: Thilo Burkard, Reinhard Müller, Dr. Jens Nowak and Heribert Rustige

We are glad to send you the presentations (in German) via e-mail if you write us at:
Future requirements for the urban water management; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Barjenbruch, Technical University Berlin, Department of Urban Water Management
State of waste water disposal in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; Frank Gürcke, Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protection of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
Bodo Heise, State Agency for Agriculture and Environment, Mecklenburg Lake District
Waste water treatment in rural areas - renovation, expansion and energy optimization of small and medium-sized waste water treatment plants; Dr.-Ing. Jens Nowak, AKUT Environmental Engineering
Recent developments in the area of nature-oriented waste water treatment plants; Heribert Rustige, AKUT Environmental Engineering
New concepts for sludge treatment in rural areas for energy optimization; Reinhard Müller, AKUT Environmental Engineering
Energy recovery in waste water treatment plants; Prof. Ludwig Obermeyer, Obermeyer Engineering Office
Energy production from drinking water supply; Wolfgang Strasser, Alwin Eppler Engineering Office
Energy production from water engineering; Wolfgang Strasser, Alwin Eppler Engineering Office

WWTP Wagenitz

12th October 2011
The office director Christian Pust (Local Authority Friesack and communities), Mr. Becker and Mr. Reichelt (OWA) assess the renovation of the waste water treatment plant Wagenitz to an energy-saving SBR-plant (6.000 inhabitants) with was planned by AKUT.

WaterBerlin 2011

AKUT was involved in the joint stand of the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg at the Fair Water Berlin 2011 between 2nd and 5th Mai 2011.
The photo shows Professor Dr.-Ing. Barjenbruch at the AKUT exhibition stand, Water Berlin 2011.


AKUT presented at this year’s fair IFAT ENTSORGA 2010 - Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management in Munich, together with its partners BOTANA Bau- and Dienstleistungs GmbH, EMSR Anlagenbau, KEB Sewage plant of the municipality Boitzenburger Land and the Department of Urban Water Management of the Technical University Berlin their new project KLEA.
The partners deal with climate-friendly energy production on nature-oriented waste water treatment plans in rural areas.

The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

AGRITECHNICA Hanover Fair 2009

On 13th and 14th November 2009 AKUT accompanied a delegation of representatives from the agro-industry and from various ministries of Kenya and Tanzania.
The trip was organized on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economy by the GIZ.
In addition to a presentation about the work of AKUT building biogas plants in Kenya within the AGRITECHNICA, Hanover, the group also visited a biogas plant, planed and constructed by AKUT and situated at about 80 km north-east from Hanover.

Photos from the trip:
Mr. Burkard gives a speech about projects in Kenya
Mr. Müller presents the biogas plant Heinrichs
Biogas plant Heinrichs
Photos: AKUT

Presentation, Burkard, Business-Trip, pdf 1,16 MB

Opening of the WWTP in Friesen

On 27th Oktober 2009 took place the inauguration of the new waste water treatment plant in Friesen, Reichenbach.
The waste water is collected in a combined sewer along the Friesener Berg. It consists of domestic waste water and rain water, which is collected on sealed surfaces and does not seep away on-site.
The method Phragmifiltre ® was developed in France by SINT and CEMAGREF for highly contaminated waste water. The use for treatment of combined waste water is an innovation in Germany.

Press review:
Vogtland Anzeiger 

Take a look at the first treatment stage on the plant:
KWWTP Friesener Berg on inauguration day

Water Berlin Fair 2009

The Water Berlin Fair 2009 took place from 30th March to 3rd April 2009 on the exhibition grounds of Messe Berlin.
AKUT participated in the joint stand of the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg.
Mrs. Nehring-Venus, State Secretary at the Department of Economy, Technology and Women paid us a visit on the 30th March at our stand during the official opening tour.

The exhibition poster are here available (in German):
Competence in water issues
International cooperation in Peru and Kenya
Pond treatment plant – conversion to SBR-plant
Combined treatment of waste water and sludge
Constructed wetlands - Hobrechtsfelde

Tagesspiegel writes about the project SPREE2011

"Sure thing - Spree should be cleaned" is the headline of the Berliner daily newspaper "Der Tagesspiegel" on 15th Mai 2008. The pilot module of the project SPREE2011 will be built from autumn 2008, to be lowered into water early 2009 at the Berlin East Harbour, writes Tagesspiegel.

Research project SPREE2011

AKUT is one of the partners in the research project SPREE2011, supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The aim of the project is the construction of a pilot plant for the storage and treatment of waste water directly into the river Spree. The plant is to be built in 2008 at the Berlin East Harbour. Using tanks fixed at the bottom of the river to catch the overflow from the combined sewer system in the case of heavy rainfalls, this will be pumped into the treatment plant. In the long term this and other measures will lead to an improvement of the water quality in the sewage network. Other participants are LURI.watersystems.GmbH and the TU-Berlin, with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Barjenbruch. AKUT conducts the technical consulting and planning services. The project runs until April 2010.

Continuing education program "The politics of sustainable energy"

At the beginning of 2007, AKUT, in co-operation with ARGUS Berlin, took over a branch of the continuing education program "The politics of sustainable energy". There were a total of 23 participants from Latin America.
The client is InWent - International further education and development gGmbH. Within the framework of the field, strategies for safeguarding the sustainable energy supply of Germany and the EU were presented.
The use or regenerative energy and renewable raw materials were discussed and the basic technical and political conditions for their appropriate use were demonstrated.
The program was completed on 27 July 2007 and the participants were presented their certificates by Mr. Bernd Schleich, the manager of InWent gGmbH, and Mr. Volkmar Strauch, the state secretary of the administration for economics, technology and women.

Climate Protection partner of the year 2007

KlimaSchutzPartner 2007 AKUT was awarded the title "Climate protection partner" in the category "Successful projects" for the second time on 8 May 2007. The ecological reconstruction of the Franciscan Monastery in Berlin-Pankow was awarded.

    Competition poster: Presentation of the project in the Franciscan Monastery.
    Project description: Ecological remodelling of the Franciscan Monastery in Berlin-Pankow.

In 2003 AKUT in co-operation with the LWE Windkraft GmbH and Co Wonnig KG was awarded the title Climate Protection Partner. The project "Environment compatible restoration of 103,Wönnichstraße" in Berlin-Lichtenberg was awarded the title of most successful project.

    Project description of "Environment compatible restoration of 103,Wönnichstraße"

The title "Climate protection partner of the year" was awarded for the 6th time this year. The "Climate Protection Partners" in Berlin is an amalgamation of 14 associations and institutions in Berlin. They nominate and award projects that contribute to Climate protection and use intelligent and flexible technology.

Visiting a Biogas farm

In March 2007 several participants in the InWent-continuing education "The politics of sustainable energy" went on an excursion organized by AKUT.
The photo shows the participants in discussion with the biogas farmer, Ebeling, at the biogas farm in Wendland.

"Grüne Woche" (Green/organic week) 2007 in Berlin

In January 2007 AKUT was present at the International Organic week in Berlin.
In co-operation with the Planning Agency for Biogas Technology and Krassuski Project Management, the booth served to inform the public about biogas facilities and advertise the optimal use of the facilities' waste heat.

Strengthening the private sector in agriculture in Kenya

Since January 2005 AKUT has been commissioned by the Association for Technical Cooperation (gtz) in Kenya. The project, which is going to be run until the end of 2007, serves to reutilize waste and sewage flow from agricultural production facilities and supply management of the treatment and processing of agricultural products. In this way, along with the reduction of environmental pollution that results from process streams, an additional source of income is produced for the farmers and production operators. The specific aim of the project is to work out reutilization concepts for specific plants/ farms, as well as to provide training toward constructive implementation of this concept at Kenyan engineering offices. The company Fa. Krieg & Fischer Ingeneers GmbH, Göttingen, is our competent partner in the anaerobic reutilization of wastes and sewage (Biogas production).

AKUT builds it's first sewage treatment plant in Spain

AKUT was commissioned to set up a turn key sewage treatment plant for the community of Albondón, Granada. The client is Aguas y Servicios de la Costa Tropical de Granada. A two-stage soil filter is implemented. The concept is based on the successfully implemented soil filter introduced in France by Société d'Ingénierie Nature & Technique, which functions without pre-purification. The raw sewage, containing solid matter is filtered in the first stage. By alternate loading, drying and mineralisation of the settled sludge is reached. The continued purification of the sewage follows in the second stage. The advantage of this process over the conventional plant-growth-purification method is that less ground area is used. Because of the hydraulically ideal location, a dovetail layering with the help of lift jacks is made possible. Thanks to a solar-driven automatic screen from Contec, no external energy is needed at the Albondón plant.

Consulting on water supply and sewage disposal companies in Peru

Since March 2004, AKUT, by order of the Association for Technical Cooperation (gtz), has been responsible for the consulting of the Peruvian cities, Puno and Huancavelica, on water supply and sewage disposal. The consulting contract was completed in 2006. AKUT's approach is refined by the exchange of experience with two similar plants in Argentina. As a competent partner, we enabled the first privately run supplier of drinking water and sewage facility in Argentina, LatinAguas, to be established.