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Membrane bioreactor technology (MBR) with an EU perspective for advanced municipal wastewater treatment strategies for the 21st century

Objective

The World is running out of clean, safe, fresh water. By 2025 one third of humanity (ca. 3 billion people) will face severe water scarcity. This has been described as the "single greatest threat to health, the environment and global food security". Water is essential and preservation of its safety in quantity and in quality is critical to the sustainable development of any society. The goal of this project is to make a contribution to meet this challenge. The protection of water in the European Union has been encouraged through the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The intention of WFD is to protect water resources (quality and quantity) through an integrated water resource management policy. Wastewater treatment is an important aspect of water management. Efficient, cost effective treatment processes are needed for transforming wastewater into water free from contamination, which can be returned to the hydrological cycle without detrimental effects. The development and application of MBR for full-scale municipal wastewater treatment is the most important recent technical advance in terms of biological wastewater treatment. It represents a decisive step further concerning effluent quality by delivering a hygienically pure effluent and by exhibiting a very high operational reliability. The overall objective of EUROMBRA is to develop a cost-effective, sustainable solution for new, efficient and advanced municipal wastewater treatment based on MBR technology. This will be achieved through a multi-faceted, concerted and cohesive research programme explicitly linking key limiting phenomena (fouling, clogging) observed and quantified on the micro-, meso-. and macro-scale. Key to the success of the programme is the harnessing specialist knowledge, conducting of dedicated yet interlinked experiments and incorporating key aspects of both system design and operational facets, the latter encompassing hydrodynamics and mass transfer, foulant speciation and dynamic impacts.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-GLOBAL-3
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK - NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
Trondheim
Norway

Participants (17)

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Cranfield
Bedfordshire
EAWAG - EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 133
Duebendorf
ERFTVERBAND
Germany
Address
Paffendorfer Weg 42
Bergheim / Erft
FLOWCONCEPT GMBH
Germany
Address
Vahrenwalder Strasse 7
Hannover
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE TOULOUSE
France
Address
Avenue De Rangueil 135
Toulouse
INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA
Portugal
Address
Av. Da Republica, Quinta Do Marques
Oeiras
KOCH MEMBRANE SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
Address
Krantzstr. 7
Aachen
MILLENNIUMPORE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Unit 9, Spire Road, Glover Network Centre
Washington, Tyne & Wear
POLYMEM SA
France
Address
Impasse De Palayre
Toulouse
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Address
Templergraben 55
Aachen
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Address
Julianalaan 134
Delft
UNESCO-IHE INSTITUTE FOR WATER EDUCATION
Netherlands
Address
Westvest 7
Delft
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
Address
Via Belenzani 12
Trento
UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER II
France
Address
Place Eugene Bataillon 2
Montpellier
UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
South Africa
Address
University Road, Chiltern Hills
Westville
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SYDNEY
Australia
Address
Broadway
Sydney
WATERSCHAP HOLLANDSE DELTA
Netherlands
Address
Johan De Wittstraat 40
Dordrecht