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eco-friendly and energy efficient sewage SLUDGE dewaTeRing through novEl nanomAterials and elecTro-osmotic process

Objective

The progressive implementation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive 91/271/EEC in all Member States is
increasing the quantities of sewage sludge requiring disposal: as reported in [1], in the EU-27, the current practices for
sewage sludge disposal are landfill (18%), thermal treatment\incineration (23%), composting (7%), agricultural use (45%)
and others re-uses (7%). Urban waste water and by-products can be reduced, indeed - this is one of the major challenges of
sustainable development - but not fully eliminated. This means that we have to deal with those waste materials, and try to
find for them a suitable, effective application, wherever possible, according to their prevalent features and potential
beneficial effects. On the other side, this has to deal with potential environmental and health risks and has to be kept under
control both at the treatment stage and/or at the application stage, if the outlet of the treatment is not a “safe” product, yet.
Proposers intend to move away from sewage sludge disposal as land filling, as this gradually has to be phased out by EU
(Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC on waste), and agricultural use as fertilizers, as the latter presents strong
limitations coming from organic and inorganic pollutants that sewage sludge may contain. On the other hand, sludge thermal
drying for further re-use instead disposal, still needs considerable amounts of fossil fuel to provide the heat necessary to the
process and thus remain an unexplored (but added-value potential) research and market area.
The main scope of the SLUDGEtreat project is to prolong the life cycle of sewage sludge, by i) improving sludge quality and
ii) increasing the percentage of sludge dry matter up to 50% of solid content for high added-value re-uses (i.e. as energy,
biomass), other than fertilizers.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste water
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 383 335,25
Administrative Contact
Daniela Rosa Fagnani (Dr.)

Participants (4)

AST S.R.L.

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 45 445,61
Address
Via Machiavelli 47
41019 Soliera Mo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angela Piccolo (Ms.)
ASOCIACION DE LA INDUSTRIA NAVARRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 295 873,37
Address
Carretera De Pamplona 1
31191 Cordovilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mercedes Erice Velilla (Ms.)
FLUBETECH S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 312 511,56
Address
Ctra Nacional N 150 Km 14
08225 Terrassa Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carles Colominas Guardia (Dr.)
X2 SOLUTIONS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 284 876,76
Address
Via Xxi Luglio 20
41073 Mirandola
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefania Molinari (Ms.)