Areas & Projects


Water is indispensable resource for life, food production, commercial and economic development and preservation of the environment and ecosystem services. Too little, too much, too dirty and non-liveable water will cause danger for the safety and quality of people’s lives, environment and ecosystem services and biodiversity. Further, water is also an important source of clean and renewable energy. Hydropower is so far the only “green battery” to balance the intermittent renewable energy types and make the grid system stable and reliable. Therefore, our focal activities will be on Water-Energy-Environment nexus, contribution to the UN’s Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

Focal areas (click to view details):

  • Integrated stormwater management.
  • Hydropower and renewable energy
  • Water environmental technologies and ecosystem services
  • Rehabilitation and repairing of concrete hydraulic structure failures
  • Data, digitalization, and multi-physics modelling

Integrated stormwater management

  • Urban hydrology
  • Hydrological and hydraulic models
  • Flood Risk analysis and management
  • Risk and vulnerability assessment of climate change and urbanization impacts
  • Sustainable Blue-Green solutions and reuse of water resources: LIDs, BGs, Rainwater Harvesting (RWH), natural based solutions (NBSs)

Our leading scientist: Linmei Nie

Team members: PhD candidate Mihn Tuan Bui

Hydropower and Renewable energy

  • Hydrological modelling
  • Hydropower and climate
  • Hydropower and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Hydropower as a “green battery” for balancing the intermittent renewable energy (such as wind, solar power).
  • Advanced Hydro turbine design
  • Products driven by Solar energy (in collaboration with BBIC)

Leading expert: Professor Ånund Killingtveit.

Team members: Dr. Pingju Li.  Dr. Qian Meng.

Water environment technology and ecosystem services

  • Water quality and pollution control
  • Eco-hydrology and Eco-hydraulics
  • Assessment of river habitats
  • Rehabilitation and restoration of urban water systems
  • River basin management
  • Cultural environment and sustainability

Leading scientist: Professor Dr. Jinmei LU

Team members: Dr. Tong Chang.

Rehabilitation and repairing concrete hydraulic structure failures

  • SK Polyurea materials
  • Laboratory testing
  • Rehabilitation and repairing of hydraulic and hydropower and other type of concrete structures.
  • Application and demonstration projects.

Leading expert: Prof. Zhiheng Sun; Dr. Svein Willy Danielsen.

Team member: Quansheng Sheng

Data, digitalization and multi-physics modelling

  • Data acquisition, assimilation, and management
  • Big data, machine learning and advanced analysis
  • Multi-physics modelling
  • Materials and structures modelling to water damage
  • Water disaster modelling
  • CFD, FEA & FSI

Leading expert: Dr. Pingju Li

Team members: Dr. Qian Meng, Dr. Hao Wang.

PhD Candidate: Minh Tuan Bui and Sujan Maharjan


  • Waste2Fresh, 2020-2023.
  • RainSolutions, 2019.
  • Zhaotong Urban Flood Risk Management System, 2017-2018.
  • ClimaVA, 2015-2016
  • FutureHydro, 2013-2015

Software tools and demonstration

  • GIS
  • Hydrology modelling
  • Urban flooding
  • Green roof
  • PSH


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