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Activated sludge

Colurella found in activated sludge.
 

100 years..

Aerated activated sludge tank.
 

.. and counting!

Aerated activated sludge tank.
 

Activated sludge

Fluorescence-marked filamentous bacteria.
 

100 years..

Rellinghausen WWTP the first activated sludge treatment plant on the European continent.

.. and counting!

Opercularia found in activated sludge.
 

Activated sludge

Aerated activated sludge tank.
 

100 years..

Fluorescence image of activated sludge.
 

..and counting!

Aerated activated sludge tank with internal final sedimentation tank.

The Venue

Zollverein

The conference venue will be the Unesco World Heritage site "Zeche Zollverein" in Essen.

Essen, a town in the Ruhr area, is a historical centre of German industrialization and in the 19th and 20th centuries it was famous for its coal mining and steel industries. Today Essen is an internationally-acclaimed example of how old industrial sites can be revitalized into to pleasant green towns. The Zollverein mining complex where the conference will be held has been transformed into an impressive complex of museums and conference facilities. The Zollverein mine itself is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Fund Site.

The first full-scale activated sludge plant on the European Continent was built in 1924-1926 in Rellinghausen, which is nowadays part of Essen.

Zollverein

The first coal mine on the premises was founded in 1847, mining activities took place from 1851 until December 23, 1986. For decades starting in the late 1950s, the two parts of the site, Zollverein Coal Mine and Zollverein Coking Plant (erected 1957−1961, closed on June 30, 1993), ranked among the largest of their kinds in Europe. Shaft 12, built in Bauhaus style, was opened in 1932 and is considered an architectural and technical masterpiece, earning it a reputation as the "most beautiful coal mine in the world" (Source and full article: wikipedia)

Guided tour

The guided tour ( see programme for details) through the coal mine will give you an insight view into the history of coal mining and its facilities and the way the coal went, when it was brought up from 1,000 meters depth to the surface and into the factories. Don't miss it!

Download Zollverein flyer (pdf, 3mb)

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