ARSOlux Activities in India


Energy-Efficient, Community-Based Water- and Wastewater-Treatment Systems for Deployment in India (ECO-India)

The ARSOlux team is demonstrating its biosensor within the frame of the EU project ECO-India. In July 2013 Dr. Konrad Siegfried successfully tested several water samples regarding their arsenic content from the ECO-India site in Murshidabad, West Bengal.

Water testing in the rural regions of West Bengal in India

Water testing in the rural regions of West Bengal in India

ECO-India Workshop in Murshidabad

ECO-India workshop in Murshidabad; Explaining the arsenic mitigation strategy to the local community

ARSOlux Workshop in Kharagpur (India), 2011

On the 7th of November 2011, ARSOlux conducted a workshop in Kharagpur at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

Aiming to establish strong cooperations in the West Bengal water sector the ARSOlux team, consisting of the Project Manager Mrs. Hahn-Tomer and the Research Associate Dr. Siegfried, supported by the UFZ employee Ms. Osterwalder, visited local sites and conducted a scientific workshop. Speakers and guests from IIT, local NGOs and companies as well as Dr. Schmiedchen, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany and Prof. Dr. Acharya, Director of the IIT Kharagpur were welcomed.

Mr. Chakrabarti (Adelphi) gave an overview on the arsenic investigation and the implementation of filtration methods in West Bengal. Mr. Ahsan (West Bengal Voluntary Health Association India) was able to give insight into his work concerning arsenic mitigation in West Bengal for the past eight years.

Furthermore, Professor Dr. De (IIT) explained his internationally rewarded work on laterite based filters for the removal of arsenic. Prof. Dr. Pal (IIT) spoke about various detection and filtration options of arsenic in drinking water.

Mrs. Hahn-Tomer and Dr. Siegfried presented the last topic of the workshop. They gave an overview on the ARSOlux project and explained the handling and technical details of the biosensor. The audience listened with great interest and asked many questions regarding the test kit, which brought important representatives in the field of arsenic mitigation and water resource management in West Bengal together to discuss future possibilities for research and collaboration.