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Performance and validation of HIGH-rate constructed WETlands

Objective

This project is addressed to improve the capacity and effectiveness of constructed wetland (CW) systems as sustainable wastewater (WW) treatment technology. HIGHWET project aims to develop and validate new configurations of CWs to obtain high rate CWs for treating different types of WW.
HIGHWET system approach will enhance the implementation of these treatment technologies not only due to their low operation and maintenance cost but also due to their high organic and hydraulic loading rate capacity.
The HIGHWET project aims to perform and validate new approaches of vertical and horizontal CWs including innovative materials as gravel bed, aeration devices for increasing biological development and hybrid configurations (hydrolysis anaerobic reactor and CW systems) for decreasing required surface of conventional CWs. The outcomes of the project will be the performance of holistic HIGHWET systems capable of operating at high loading rates treating municipal and industrial WW. Furthermore, new operation strategies will be carried out in order to avoid the gravel bed clogging and extend the lifetime of the systems.
Three European SMEs with a extended know-how in natural WW treatments will collaborate with two RTD performers with high experience in anaerobic digestion and CWs to obtain new WW plant configurations in order to uptake new markets: small towns (2,000 to 5,000 p.e.), industrial (food and beverage sector) and livestock farm sectors (Farms with more than 100 heads). Furthermore, a food sector company and regional water agency will be involved in the project as end-user and stakeholder, respectively.
SMEs involved in HIGHWET project will have the opportunity to extend their market share since they will obtain innovative and novel products: sustainable and competitive WW treatments; novel aeration and micro-aeration systems to be implemented in WW treatment sector; and specific aggregate /material to be used in CW as gravel bed.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE
Address
Calle Relva Torneiros 27A
36410 Porrino
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 52 100
Administrative Contact
Gala Perez Perez (Ms.)

Participants (5)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 50 163,20
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helle Munch Eskerod (Mrs.)
HUMIGAL SISTEMAS ECOLOGICOS DE DEPURACION DE AGUAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 256 247,78
Address
Lugar De Cantona Pontenas 4
36412 O Porrino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David De La Varga Calvo (Mr.)
KILIAN WATER APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 286 583,18
Address
Torupvej 4
8654 Bryrup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rinse Kilian (Mr.)
RIETLAND BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 217 874,31
Address
Van Aertselaerstraat 70
2322 Minderhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dion Van Oirschot (Mr.)
KT FOOD APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 19 031,53
Address
Randersvej 147 Gandestru
8990 Farup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kai Thomsen (Mr.)