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Accelerate Membrane Development for Urban Sewage Purification

Objective

Over the past decade, membrane bioreactors have been increasingly implemented to purify municipal wastewater. However, even with submerged membranes, which offer the lowest costs, the MBR technology remains in most cases more expensive than conventional processes. In addition, the European municipal MBR market is to date a duopoly of two non-European producers, despite many initiatives to develop local MBR filtration systems. The proposed AMEDEUS research project aims at tackling both issues, accelerating the development of competitive European MBR filtration technologies, as well as increasing acceptance of the MBR process through decreased capital and operation costs. The project will target the two markets for MBR technology in Europe: the construction of small plants (semi-central, 50 to 2,000pe, standardized and autonomous), and the medium-size plants (central, up to 100.000pe) for plant upgrade. Technological development of new MBR systems will be fostered by a consortium composed of 12 partners, of which five SMEs proposing novel concepts of low-cost and high-performance filtration systems. Two end-users, three non-profit institutions and two universities, all of them well versed in R&D in the MBR field, will investigate solutions to reduce operation costs such as fouling control, membrane cleaning optimisation, aeration decrease, or optimise capital costs through improved implementation of membrane bioreactor process. Furthermore, an analysis of the potential for standardisation will be performed, and a technology transfer towards Southern and Eastern Europe will be organised in order to facilitate the penetration of these new markets. AMEDEUS will achieve concrete and realistic technological breakthroughs for the MBR technology, and improve the current process engineering and operation practices. It will improve the competitiveness of the MBR European market and render common this high-tech process for municipal wastewater treatment.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-GLOBAL-3
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

KOMPENTENTZZENTRUM WASSER BERLIN GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Address
Cicerostrasse 24
Berlin
Germany

Participants (11)

A3 WATER SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
Address
Magdeburger Strasse 16
Gelsenkirchen
ANJOU RECHERCHE
France
Address
Rue D'anjou 52
Paris
AQUAFIN N.V.
Belgium
Address
Dijkstraat 8
Aartselaar
ENVI-PUR, S.R.O.
Czechia
Address
Kpt. Jarose 358
Tabor
INGE GMBH
Germany
Address
Flurstrasse 17
Greifenberg
MILLENNIUMPORE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Unit 9, Spire Road, Glover Network Centre
Washington, Tyne & Wear
NEXT TECHNOLOGY TECNOTESSILE - SOCIETA NAZIONALE DI RICERCA R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Del Gelso 13
Prato
POLYMEM SA
France
Address
Impasse De Palayre
Toulouse
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN * TUB
Germany
Address
Strasse Des 17. Juni 135
Berlin
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES.
Australia
Address
The University Of New South Wales
Sydney
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
Address
Boeretang 200
Mol