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Safe and efficient treatment and reuse of wastewater in agricultural production schemes

Objective

TREAT&USE project aims to bring together 6 European SMEs and one RTD to prove and disseminate the technical and economic viability of a method for safe and economic wastewater treatment that allows a direct reuse of the water and nutrients in agricultural production with minimal operational and maintenance costs.
TREAT&USE is based on the outcomes of two successful finished EU research projects: PURATREAT and WACOSYS on wastewater treatment, reuse technologies and fertigation systems. The produced technical and scientific results of both projects were excellent and very promising in terms of energy and cost efficiency. The most promising MBR system developed in PURATREAT run successfully with reduced energy consumption ( 90 % less than RO). The tested MBR lab-prototypes generated an effluent not suitable for drinking water but an excellent source for irrigation and fertilization purposes (rich on nutrients such as N and P and free of pathogens). In WACOSYS, the application of wastewater in agricultural production schemes has been successfully applied and monitored. Based on these valuable outcomes, within TREA&USE is planned to construct and implement a pre-commercial prototype unit which combines the treatment of substantial amounts of communal wastewater in an up scaled MBR system and the safe application of the effluent as irrigation and fertilization water in agricultural production schemes. The tailor-made MBR effluent will be applied directly for irrigating and fertilizing fruit trees and vegetables in commercial agricultural production site in Southern Spain. To measure the performance and the reliability of the approach, the pre-commercial prototype will include a feedback and control unit based on soil sensors. Therefore, the gained knowledge and tools of PURATREAT and WACOSYS will be further specified, applied and demonstrated in praxis and developed to direct market applications. The participating SMEs have already developed business plans.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

BIOAZUL, SL
Address
Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia Numero 18, 1-4
29001 Malaga
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 236 277
Administrative Contact
Antonia Lorenzo (Ms.)

Participants (6)

HYDRO-AIR INTERNATIONAL IRRIGATION SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 139 209
Address
Flugplatzweg 1
14913 Niedergohrsdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Scholz (Mr.)
ISITEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 121 458
Address
Bussestrasse 27
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Hanken (Mr.)
PESSL INSTRUMENTS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 116 691
Address
Werksweg 107
8160 Weiz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gottfried Pessl (Mr.)
SOIL MOISTURE SENSE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 101 604
Address
Leiston Road Aclover Lea
IP16 4QW Leiston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter White (Mr.)
VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 181 303
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kristina Krasteva (Mrs.)
GUADALHORCE ECOLOGICO S COOP AND
Spain
EU contribution
€ 103 316
Address
Calle Ronda Norte De Poniente S N
29570 Alhaurin El Grande
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Margarita Jiménez (Mrs.)