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GWT German Water Treatment GmbH
Contract Research and development Concept Engineering Studies Feasibility Studies Laboratory testing Pilot testing Process Design Process Engineering Detail Design Procurement Construction supervision Project management Commissioning Operation assistance (remotely and on site) Maintenance and Service Operation Project finance Built Own Operate and Transfer (BOO or BOOT)
Business Approach We   spend   every   year   between   20%   and   30%   of   its   profit   on   research   and   development. GWT   develops   its   own   proprietary   processes   to   maintain   a   unique   point   of   difference   as   a “boutique    designer”    servicing    particular    niche    markets.    GWT    maintains    a    close relationship   with   a   number   of   Universities   and   Research   Institutes   in   Germany   who provide    the    company    with    the    necessary    scientific    support    for    its    research    and development   work.   This   cooperation   is   monitored   and   quality   assured   by   the   Federal Government of Germany. GWT   assesses   every   project   on   its   merits.   Based   on   laboratory   and   on   site   testing   the appropriate   processes   are   carefully   designed   and   engineered.   The   basic   approach   is   as follows: 1.Laboratory testing A   client   sends   a   sample   of   water   to   our   workshop   for   laboratory   and   preliminary   testing. Depending   on   the   process   the   sample   can   be   as   small   as   a   25   L   canister   or   up   to   a   1000 L   IBC.   While   this   is   simple   in   Europe,   it   is   more   difficult   if   not   impossible   to   take   this approach   for   overseas   customers.   For   overseas   customers   we   conduct   the   laboratory testing at their location. First   the   water   samples   are   tested   in   jar   tests   in   our   workshop   laboratory.   If   we   test   oil we have a special test rig for filtration. 2.Pilot testing In   a   second   test   we   run   a   sample   through   a   preliminary   test.   This   can   happen   at   our workshop   or   on   site.   This   will   provide   us   with   the   certainty   that   the   process   will   work and   we   can   offer   our   clients   to   move   to   the   next   test   phase,   that   pilot   trial.   The   pilot trial   will   ascertain   or   verify   the   operating   cost   and   will   provide   important   parameters   for the process design.     Once   the   preliminary   testing   was   successful   and   it   was   established   that   the   membrane process   can   be   applied   than   the   pilot   plant   is   brought   to   site   to   verify   the   findings, establish   the   operating   cost   and   prove   the   feasibility.   The   pilot   test   on   site   proves   the process   and   verifies   the   operating   cost.   It   also   provides   valuable   long   term   data   for   the design of the process 3.Design, Engineering, Construction, Commissioning With   the   data   from   the   pilot   trial   the   process   engineer   can   work   through   the   process design.   The   project   engineer   follows   up   with   the   process   engineering   and   follows   the design   through   with   the   technicians   to   make   sure   all   details   are   addressed   and   all experience from previous projects have been incorporated. The   project   engineer   who   designs   the   process   will   later   commission   the   plant.   This   will promote the learning from our mistakes. 4.Operating support When   the   plant   has   been   commissioned   we   assist   with   the   operation   for   a   period   of   1,   2 or   4   years,   depending   on   the   complexity   of   the   process,   the   staffing   on   site,   the   client’s policy   on   non-core   processes   or   businesses.   We   can   send   operators   to   site,   or,   can   assist with the operation from our office with a remote link. 5.Maintenance and service GWT   has   maintenance   technicians   going   to   site   servicing   and   maintaining   plants   in regular   intervals   throughout   the   warranty   period.   If   the   clients   wish,   the   maintenance can be extended.