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Full scale demonstration of energy positive sewage treatment plant concepts towards market penetration

Objective

The municipal wastewater in Europe contains a potential chemical energy of 87,500 GWh per year in its organic fraction, which is equivalent to the output of 12 large power stations. Due to the currently applied technologies and related energy loss at each process step, wastewater treatment in Europe today consumes instead the equivalent of more than 2 power stations. Many operators are thus targeting incremental energy efficiency towards energy neutrality, but recent studies have shown that with novel process schemes using existing technologies, sewage treatment plants could actually become a new source of renewable energy, without compromising the treatment performance.
The project POWERSTEP aims at demonstrating such innovative concepts in first full scale references for each essential process step in order to design energy positive wastewater treatment plants with currently available technologies. The following processes will be demonstrated in 6 full-scale case studies located in 4 European countries: enhanced carbon extraction (pre-filtration), innovative nitrogen removal processes (advanced control, main-stream deammonification, duckweed reactor), power-to-gas (biogas upgrade) with smart grid approach, heat-to-power concepts (thermoelectric recovery in CHP unit, steam rankine cycle, heat storage concepts), and innovative process water treatment (nitritation, membrane ammonia stripping). These individual technology assessments will merge into integrative activities such as treatment scheme modelling and design, global energy and heat management, carbon footprinting, integrated design options, as well as extensive dissemination activities.
POWERSTEP will demonstrate the novel concepts and design treatment schemes of wastewater treatment plants that will be net energy producers, paving the way towards large implementation of such approaches and quick market penetration and supporting the business plans of participating technology providers.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power generation/combined heat and power
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

H2020-WATER-2014-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

KWB KOMPENTENTZZENTRUM WASSER BERLIN GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Address
Cicerostrasse 24
10709 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 847 947,50

Participants (14)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 445 855
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Uberlandstrasse 133
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Other
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 319 022,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
VEOLIA DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 151 543,88
Address
Unter Den Linden 21
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 086 234,28
Address
Klosterangsvagen 11A
226 47 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEAS ENERGY AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 140 000
Address
Skelagervej 1
9000 Aalborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOFOS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 119 787,50
Address
Refshalevej 250
1432 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BERLINER WASSERBETRIEBE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 69 913
Address
Neue Judenstrasse 1
10179 Berlin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UMWELTBUNDESAMT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 203,75
Address
Woerlitzer Platz 1
06844 Dessau-rosslau
Activity type
Research Organisations
ELECTROCHAEA DK APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 108 765,13
Address
Chr M Ostergaards Vej 4 A
8700 Horsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
APS AQUA PLANT SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 175 145,95
Address
Schmiedestrasse, 15
26629 Grossefehn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SUSTEC CONSULTING & CONTRACTING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 115 500
Address
Agro Bussiness Park 7A
6708 PW Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Atemis GmbH ingenieurburo fur abwassertechnik energiemanagement und innovative systementwicklung
Germany
EU contribution
€ 61 425
Address
Dennewartstrasse 25-27
52068 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARCTIK SRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 205 782,50
Address
Avenue De Broqueville 12 - 1St Floor
1150 Woluwe-saint-pierre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)