The state-supported CLIENT measures are part of the innovation cluster MAJOR WATER whose aims are to consolidate German/Chinese research and business co-operation and to provide the German partner firms with enhanced market opportunities on the Chinese market. CLIENT involves three development and research projects: Steinhardt is an active partner in two of these – SIGN and SINOWATER – alongside further top-ranking scientists and experts from German and Chinese universities, research institutes and business companies.
It is not just Steinhardt’s innovative products such as HydroMaxx or HydroGuard®, already successful on the Chinese market, which swung the decision in Steinhardt’s favour; for several years now the company has been building up a solid knowledge base on local conditions and has acquired valuable contacts to the Chinese market and cultural circles.
The project SIGN “Assuring water quality from the spring to the tap” focusses on Lake Tai where considerable pollution causes regular problems with the drinking water supply for the large cities of Wuxi and Suzhou. As the project’s title indicates, the entire water system will come under investigation. Technology and strategies, already tried and tested in Germany, will be adapted to the local Chinese conditions; the ten Chinese partners from leading research institutes, state agencies and water authorities will endorse the on-site realisation of the agreed measures.
The SINOWATER project concentrates on two of the three most vital but also most contaminated bodies of water in China: the River Liao and Lake Dian in the proximity of the metropolitan centres of Shenyang and Kunming respectively. Characteristic of the project is the linking of technological solutions to sustainable progress in managing the water resources in order to establish Good Water Governance.
URBAN CATCHMENTS is the title of the third consortium project whose aim is to upgrade the area around Lake Chaohu and the city of the same name in the west of the country. An ecological model region will be developed which will attract visitors from around China. The pre-condition for success is to establish a state of equilibrium between urban development and the restoration and maintenance of Chaohu’s unique ecosystem.
The three projects are due to run for 3 years and have been awarded approx. 7 million € funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).