Cranfield University pilot-plant hall

Provides researchers with the unique ability to test, at scale, plants with real sewage.

Canfield University pilot plant hall

The pilot hall was established over 10 years ago providing researchers with the unique ability to test, at scale, plants with real sewage. It is directly linked to Cranfield’s 3,000 population equivalent sewage treatment works and can also receive imported effluents. It is supplied with compressed air, potable water and electricity with a total floor plan of 210m2 and height of 8.7m.

Type of Facility


  • Pilot facility.
  • Testing/demonstration facility.
  • Live site.



  • Industrial.
  • Domestic.
  • Wastewater.
  • Drinking water.

Comments: Municipal wastewater from raw to final effluent, possibility to tanker other types of wastewaters (municipal, industrial, natural waters …) on site. Also access to mains water and compressed air is available.

Type of Technologies that can be tested

  • Transforming (treatment).
  • Monitoring.
  • Measuring.
  • Sensing.

Availability For Use By Others

Services and Capacity


  • Flow rate :
    Up to 8.5 m3/h.
  • Area :
    Floor plan of 210 m2 and height of 8.7 m.
  • Number of test units :
    Depends on space requirement.
  • Power supply :
  • Full access to all sizes of plant.

Status of the Facility


  • The facility is fully operational and resourced with services, staff.

Access to Facility

  • Available to others.

Additional Assets

Biogas testing facility: Synthetic biogases are produced by our specially designed manifold which enables us to blend methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, water vapour and siloxanes to generate gases with characteristics analogous to those in the field. 



  • HEI.

Comments: Cranfield University.

Regulatory issues / constraints


Comments: All streams tested must at least be sent back at the head of sewage treatment works. Other sources such as industrial wastewaters must be collected and disposed of appropriately.

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