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The development of a deammonification treatment to remove nitrogen from recirculated water used in aquaculture

Objective

The aquaculture industry has been very slow to adopt denitrification methods. Present practice is to convert the toxic metabolic waste product ammonia via nitrite to nitrate in a nitrifying bio-filter. This microbial process demands oxygen and reduces the pH, requiring expensive buffering treatment. The accumulating nitrate is generally flushed from the farm into recipient waters without pollutant removal. The DeammRecirc proposal is based on the recent experiences and success of using deammonification to convert ammonia to nitrogen gas in other waste water treatment applications. This method will in the proposed project be adapted for use in recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) for fresh- and marine water species. By using a deammonification reactor within RAS, ammonia will be converted to nitrogen gas in one step. Deammonification bacteria enriched in granules will be adapted to RAS water qualities. The advances compared to current SoA include reduced oxygen use, reduced cost for buffering chemicals, lower carbon footprint, reduced levels of nitrate rich effluent released to the environment, reduced pumping cost and treatment need of new exchange water. The project includes 11 participants, of which four are industrial SMEPs, which will produce, develop and distribute the DeammRecirc system post project, one is a large enterprise end user, one participant is from S. Africa who plans to transfer the technological development to the aquaculture industry to their continent and four are RTD participants, which will be responsible for the RTD work.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste water
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

CYKLAR-STULZ GMBH
Address
Rietwiesstrasse 39
CH-8737 Gommiswald
Switzerland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 466 742,50
Administrative Contact
Geert Nyhuis (Dr.)

Participants (11)

FORMOPLAST KUNSTSTOFFBEHALTERBAU UND -VERTRIEB GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 186 484
Address
Dieselstrasse 19
89160 Dornstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rolf Janig (Mr.)
ARAconsult gmbh
Austria
EU contribution
€ 127 802,75
Address
Unterbergerstrasse 1
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Wett (Dr.)
Tecnologias y equipos para el medio ambiente S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 115 982
Address
Plaza Cataluña, 4
08810 Sant Pere De Ribes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Poblador (Ms.)
Hardingsmolt AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 117 542
Address
Lysevegen 20
N-5620 Torvikbygd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arild Hjemdal Heggland (Mr.)
Selonda UK Limited

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 19 799,75
Address
Spindlewood Elloughton 31
HU 15 1LL Brough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philip Gatland (Dr.)
ACT OF GRACE 128
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 19 500
Address
Frans Conradi Drive Unit 7 B N1
7460 Goodwood
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Andre Bok (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 11 916
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
AQUA CONSULT INGENIEUR GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 4 952
Address
Mengendamm 16
30177 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Hartwig (Dr.)
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 4 400
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maike Beier (Dr.)
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 4 020,80
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Williams (Ms.)
ANGLESEY AQUACULTURE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 11 125,25
Address
West Dinmor Quarry
LL58 8SN Beaumaris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Watters (Mr.)