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New sustainable concepts and processes for optimization and upgrading municipal wastewater and sludge treatment

Objective

The scope of sewage treatment is changing: Up to date municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) were seen as an end-of-pipe treatment just before discharge, having the aim to avoid eutrophication and hygienic health hazard in surface water. Due to the global demographic trends as well as new legislations (e.g. the Water Framework Directive, WFD) increased focus is put on quantity and quality of effluents: WWTP are more and more seen as interface between sanitation and environment, delivering resource s to the environment or human activities (recharge of drinking water reservoirs, recycling of nutrient, efficient energy use).

This focus shift has implications on the quality goals set for WWTP products:
- land requirement
- effluent N, P load
- effluent pathogen load
- energy optimisation

New focus:
- nutrient recycling
- micropollutants: ecotoxicology of the effluent
- energy production

NEPTUNE is focusing on technology solutions allowing meeting present and future standards via upgrading of existing infrastructure (new control strategies with online sensors; effluent upgrading with oxidation, activated carbon or wetland treatment; sludge processing for safe nutrient recycle) as well as via new techniques (fuel cell applications; new oxidative agents; polymer production from sludge). By including pathogen and ecotoxicity aspects into life cycle assessment studies (LCA), the project is helping improve the comparability of various technical options and propose a suitability ranking. The new focus given by the WFD and the emerging interest on organic (eco-) toxic compounds requires characterizing treated effluent and treatment technologies concerning ecotoxicologic aspects and micropollutants. The project is contributing to this discussion by ecotoxicity assessment and micropollutan fate studies.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-GLOBAL-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

EAWAG - EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FÜR WASSERVERSORGUNG, ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 133
Duebendorf
Switzerland

Participants (17)

ANOXKALDNES AB
Sweden
Address
Klosterangsvagen 11A
Lund
AQUAFIN N.V.
Belgium
Address
Dijkstraat 8
Aartselaar
BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEWAESSERKUNDE
Germany
Address
Am Mainzer Tor 1
Koblenz
CAMBI AS
Norway
Address
Solbraeveien 10
Asker
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Area Della Ricerca Di Roma 1, Via Salaria Km 29,3
Rome Monterotondo
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1, Bygning 101A
Kongens Lyngby
DEUTSCHE PROJEKT UNION GMBH
Germany
Address
Graeffstrasse 5
Koln
HUNZIKER BETATECH AG
Switzerland
Address
Pflanzschulstrasse 17
Winterthur
INSTITUTTET FOR PRODUKTUDVIKLING
Denmark
Address
Produktionstorvet, Dtu Bygning 425
Kongens Lyngby
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU TEHNOLOGII IZOTOPICE SI MOLECULARE-I.N.C.D.T.I.M. CLUJ-NAPOCA
Romania
Address
Donath 65-103
Cluj-napoca
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
Address
Senckenberganlage 31
Frankfurt Am Main
PYROMEX PLC
United Kingdom
Address
58 Grosvenor Street
London
SCAN MESSTECHNIK GMBH
Austria
Address
Brigittagasse 22-24
Wien
SILUET B
Bulgaria
Address
C-x "Pobeda" Bl.11-v-62
Varna
UNIVERSITE LAVAL
Canada
Address
Pavilllon Adrien-pouliot, 1065, Avenue De La Mèdecine
Sainte-foy, Quebec
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
Gent
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Australia
Address
Brisbane
Queensland