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Bio-electrochemically-assisted recovery of valuable resources from urine

Objective

The bio-electrochemically-assisted recovery of valuable resources from urine (ValueFromUrine) project will develop, optimize and evaluate an innovative bio-electrochemical system that allows for the recovery of phosphorus (P), ammonia (NH3) and electricity (E) or hydrogen from urine. The innovative principle is that biological oxidation of organics (present in urine) at a bio-anode drives both the transport of ammonium over a membrane (which allows the recovery of NH3) and the production of alkalinity (which can be utilized for the precipitation of P-salts).

Toilets and urinals that collect urine separately from other wastewater streams, are increasingly being installed in newly constructed utility buildings or during renovation of old buildings. Unlike any state-of-the art technology, the ValueFromUrine technology not only has the potential to recover over 95% of the P and NH3 from urine, but also to produce chemicals (NaOH, KOH) and energy. The ValueFromUrine consortium is made up of complementary knowledge institutes, SMEs and industry partner, each of them leading in one or more relevant fields (electrochemistry, membrane technology, microbiology, micro-pollutants and decentralized wastewater treatment). Moreover, all commercial partners have experience in the validation of new technologies. The participating SMEs have a key function in the consortium, which is reflected by the fact that 41% of the requested funding will go to the SMEs for research and technology development.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Coordinator

STICHTING WETSUS, EUROPEAN CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER TECHNOLOGY
Address
Oostergoweg 9
8911 MA Leeuwarden
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 801 954,36
Administrative Contact
Martijn Bijmans (Dr.)

Participants (7)

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE PUBLIC HENRI TUDOR

Participation ended

Luxembourg
Address
Avenue J F Kennedy 29
1855 Luxembourg
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Enrico Benetto (Dr.)
LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 400 820
Address
5 Avenue Des Hauts Fourneaux
4362 Esch Sur Alzette
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Enrico Benetto (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 280 943
Address
Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Madalena Alves (Dr.)
MAGNETO SPECIAL ANODES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 474 774,14
Address
Calandstraat 109
3125BA Schiedam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pieter Hack (Mr.)
DESAH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 482 869,80
Address
Pieter Zeemanstraat 6
8606JR Sneek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brendo Meulman (Mr.)
MAST CARBON INTERNATIONAL LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 131 943,48
Address
Jays Close Viables
RG22 4BA Basingstoke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Tennison (Prof.)
ABENGOA WATER SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 287 717,14
Address
Calle Energia Solar 1
41014 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arturo Buenaventura Pouyfaucon (Mr.)