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Green NUTrients RECovery systems

Objective

Nutrient recovery from wastewater has been receiving growing interest, driven by stringent nutrient discharge limits from Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) and by the potential for valorization of the recovered nutrients, e.g. for application as fertilizers, which can represent an additional revenue source to WWTP operators. The NUTREC project focuses on the recovery of ammonia (N) and phosphorus (P) from wastewaters, in particular reject water from biogas production (rich in N and P) and leachates (rich in N) from landfills. The NUTREC consortium – led by a group of five SMEs (from four countries) within the WWT industrial sector – wishes to improve and optimize a recently developed, innovative technological process for recovering ammonia, as well as extending such process for the recovery of phosphorus from diverse wastewaters, and transforming the nutrient-rich by-streams into useful fertilisers. The technology has a very high potential for economic savings especially related to energy – and operational improvements in WWTPs. However, it faces number of limitations which the SME consortium expects to overcome with the contribution of two highly specialised RTD Performers – that will address the main scientific and technological barriers preventing the technology from reaching the market.

A successful achievement of the NUTREC project objectives will strongly improve the competitiveness of the five SMEs – together expecting an increased turnover in the order of €80M (for the 5-year period post project), broadening their knowledge and market position in the WWT sector. Moreover, implementation of the new NUTREC technology will provide a sound business case to end-users (WWTPs), with a payback time below 2.5 years. Finally, a large implementation of the NUTREC technology will elicit substantial societal and environmental benefits, contributing to meeting EU policy objectives within the Environment, Health and Energy/CO2 emission areas.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 28 121,11
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (8)

GREEN AQUA SOLUTIONS APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 376 152,31
Address
Tasingevej 8
9500 Hobro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karsten Poulsen (Mr.)
BIOAZUL, SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 5 513,80
Address
Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia Numero 18, 1-4
29001 Malaga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonia Maria Lorenzo Lopez (Ms)
SIMBIENTE - ENGENHARIA E GESTAO AMBIENTAL LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 117 959,46
Address
Rua Santos Pousada 441 Sala 107 Tecnologia Edificio Spinpark
4000 486 Porto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Costa (Mr.)
GELTZ UMWELTTECHNOLOGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 186 313,55
Address
Kerschensteinerstrasse 6
75417 Muhlacker
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Geltz (Mr.)
VIDENCENTRET FOR LANDBRUG

Participation ended

Denmark
Address
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Leif Knudsen (Mr.)
OHT GROUP APS

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 62 502,27
Address
Taasingevej 8
9500 Hobro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kristina Christensen (Mrs.)
MARIAGERFJORD VAND AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 6 437,50
Address
Islandsvej 7
9560 Hadsun
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Søren Erikstrup (Mr.)
SEGES PS
Denmark
Address
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Peter Bay (Mr.)