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Novel processing routes for effective sewage sludge management

Objective

The Routes project is addressed to discover new routes in wastewater and sludge treatment which allow:
a) to prepare sludge for agricultural utilization by transforming it in a very clean and stabilized product regarding the presence of organic micropollutants (conventional and emerging ones) and of heavy metals, and with respect to hygienic aspects and to phytotoxicity;
b) to minimize sludge production by innovative solutions which can be based on different approaches, i.e.: i) metabolic uncoupling where the free energy released by electrons transport is dissipated in heat, in the activation of alternative metabolic routes or in the accumulation of polymeric products, ii) the use of microbial fuel cells, iii) the use of sequencing batch biofilter granular reactor (SBBGR), iiii) the integration of a side-stream process in membrane bioreactors;
c) to promote recovery of valuable materials from anaerobic digestion, i.e. biopolymers as polyhydroxyalkanoates and fertilizers;
e) to set up and prove at practical scale a novel technique for sludge disposal (wet oxidation) as sustainable alternative to nowadays the most used incineration;
f) to minimize energy pumping by adjusting solid concentration, on a practical installation where sludge is pumped from the production site to a centralized plant.
The general objective of the Routes proposal is therefore to set up a panel of different solutions to be applied in different conditions and circumstances, strictly following the waste hierarchy of the Directive 08/98 on waste. The above solutions will be studied either in laboratory or at practical scale, depending on the maturity of the technology, in order to provide to the Commission and the technical and scientific community applicable solutions and new routes for sludge management, also based on the best integration between the water and sludge treatment lines.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2010
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 672 000
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Mininni (Dr.)

Participants (18)

MEDITERRANEA DELLE ACQUE S.p.A.

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 167 400
Address
Via Ss Giacomo E Filippo 7
16122 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mazzola Mariorosario (Dr.)
"Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale ""La Chimica per l'Ambiente"""
Italy
EU contribution
€ 224 080
Address
Via Delle Industrie 21/8
30175 Venezia-marghera
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Bolzonella (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BRESCIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 142 400
Address
Piazza Mercato 15
25121 Brescia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roberto Busi (Prof.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 116 400
Address
Uberlandstrasse 133
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Laura Klein (Ms.)
Bundesanstalt fuer Gewaesserkunde
Germany
EU contribution
€ 272 400
Address
Am Mainzer Tor 1
56068 Koblenz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Helmut Schmidt
AKADEMIA TECHNICZNO-HUMANISTYCZNA WBIELSKU-BIALEJ
Poland
EU contribution
€ 112 400
Address
Willowa 2
43-309 Bielsko-biala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jan Suschka (Prof.)
Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Lublinie
Poland
EU contribution
€ 162 400
Address
Akademicka 13
20-950 Lublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patryk Oleszczuk (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE REIMS CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE
France
EU contribution
€ 122 400
Address
2 Avenue Robert Schuman
51100 Reims
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Rau (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 192 400
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Gutierrez (Mr.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 324 000
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karin Westerlund (Ms.)
3V GREENEAGLE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 162 400
Address
Via Fatebenefratelli 20
20121 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Spajani (Dr.)
VERMICON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 162 400
Address
Emmy Noether Str. 2
80992 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jiri Snaidr (Dr.)
ECT OEKOTOXIKOLOGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 162 400
Address
Bottgerstrasse 2-14
65439 Florsheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anja Coors (Dr.)
VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 232 400
Address
Klosterangsvagen 11A
226 47 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fernando Morgan-Sagastume (Dr.)
Atemis GmbH ingenieurburo fur abwassertechnik energiemanagement und innovative systementwicklung
Germany
EU contribution
€ 48 400
Address
Dennewartstrasse 25-27
52068 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Grömping (Dr.)
MEDITERRANEA DELLE ACQUE S.p.A.
Italy
Address
Via Ss Giacomo E Filippo 7
16122 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mazzola Mariorosario (Dr.)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada
Address
Baseline Road, 1341
K1A OC5 Ontario
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edward Topp (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 88 320
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mauro Majone (Prof.)