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iMETland: A new generation of Microbial Electrochemical Wetland for effective decentralized wastewater treatment

Deliverables

Project Video

At the beginning of the project, a teaser or a basic graphic whiteboard animation will be produced to present the objectives and highlights of the iMETland approach. This video will be used to promote the technology in a simple and attractive way already during the design and implementation phase. After the construction of the full-scale units and the achievement of preliminary results, a short video (around 3 minutes) will be produced to present the new iMETland technology and its potential benefits such as zero-energy operation cost, less land need, remote control etc with images of the units. It will address the industry, SMEs, researchers and policy makers in general, as well as users. The videos will be shown and distributed via the online tools (social media, website, platforms) and can be shown in water related conferences, trade events and project events oriented towards stakeholders and potential users. The video will have a simple and accessible language and use graphic elements to attract the attention of the audience. Video could also be shaped as animations with the project icon. This will be defined in the communication plan. The video will be in English. Local versions in Danish and Spanish can be made available as required with subtitling or voice over. The translation of the texts will be provided by the local partners. The video material will be made available to journalists on request and it will be available on project website.

Web app.

Data collected during this project will be archived by A-CING. The data will be stored in a specific virtual archive and will be made publicly available through A-CING

Project website on line

A project website will be set up as the main source of information for the project activities and results. It will be regularly updated with documents, pictures, links and videos. It will include both a public (open to the general public) and a private area, reserved to consortium members to exchange information. The website will present the iMETland approach in a simple and accessible manner to different target groups and will also have a dedicated newsroom for the media.

Geo-portal and GIS analysis to identify suitable environments where MET could be installed

A complete Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis (IMDEA AGUA) will we performed in order to predict suitable environments where our product could be installed. The Geoportal provided by the INSPIRE Directive will be key for accessing spatial data sets and spatial data services. This activity will be certainly benefited by the existence of a Geomatic lab at IMDEA AGUA facilities. - Create a European geo-referenced database of wastewater treatment in small communities. The database will be focus on discharges less than 2.000 P.E and/ or isolate or disconnected populations. The database will be developed based in the information of the Waterbase-UWWTD: Urban Watswater Treatment Directive, the information of wastewater discharge points provided by the different River Basin Authorities and other local/regional studies. The participant members of the project collaborate in the collection of the data available in their own countries. - Create a European geo-referenced database of conventional constructed wetlands in small communities, with deepler information about the specific systems. This database will be used in order to identify conventional wetland that could be transformed into MET with little and inexpensive modifications. - Develop a geographical analysis in order to identify suitable environments where METs could be installed. This analysis will be based on the information provided by the Databases created ex professo and other environmental and socioeconomical aspects. Previously, the main variables related with the design and proper operation of MET technologies will be defined. All the analysis will be carried out with free software as far as possible (GVSIG inter alia). The geographical information will be included in a Geoportal, which will be developed under the INSPIRE rules.

Communication and dissemination plan

A communication and dissemination plan will be set up at the beginning of the project to identify the tailored strategy and the dissemination objectives, activities, tools and deadlines. This strategy will help all the partners to stay focused on the key messages, audience and stakeholders at all stages of their project activities. Communication partner Minerva will work in close collaboration with IMDEA to ensure the effectiveness of communication and dissemination actions. The impact of the communication and dissemination actions will be assessed through analysis of criteria established in the dissemination plan on quantitative and qualitative basis (such as an approximate number of the website visitors, the persons contacted and informed about the project initiative and any positive feedback collected, media coverage). These preliminary results will be taken into consideration also for eventual adaptation of the plan set-up at the beginning of the project. The impact assessment will be developed by YOURIS in close collaboration with all partners to get their feedback.

Report on workshops

Report on workshops for stakeholders, potential users and administrative bodies.

Report on final conference

Report on Final Conference, where the final project results will be presented.

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Publications

Microbial Community Function in Electroactive Biofilm-based Constructed Wetlands

Author(s): Carlos A. Ramírez-Vargas, Carlos A. Arias, Liang Zhang, Hans Brix
Published in: Biogeosciences Discussions, 2019, Page(s) 1-28, ISSN 1810-6285
DOI: 10.5194/bg-2018-428

Electroactive biofilm-based constructed wetland (EABB-CW): A mesocosm-scale test of an innovative setup for wastewater treatment

Author(s): Carlos A. Ramírez-Vargas, Carlos A. Arias, Pedro Carvalho, Liang Zhang, Abraham Esteve-Núñez, Hans Brix
Published in: Science of The Total Environment, Issue 659, 2019, Page(s) 796-806, ISSN 0048-9697
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.432

Electroactive biochar outperforms highly conductive carbon materials for biodegrading pollutants by enhancing microbial extracellular electron transfer

Author(s): Amanda Prado, Raúl Berenguer, Abraham Esteve-Núñez
Published in: Carbon, Issue 146, 2019, Page(s) 597-609, ISSN 0008-6223
DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2019.02.038

Microbial Electrochemical Technologies for Wastewater Treatment: Principles and Evolution from Microbial Fuel Cells to Bioelectrochemical-Based Constructed Wetlands

Author(s): Carlos Ramírez-Vargas, Amanda Prado, Carlos Arias, Pedro Carvalho, Abraham Esteve-Núñez, Hans Brix
Published in: Water, Issue 10/9, 2018, Page(s) 1128, ISSN 2073-4441
DOI: 10.3390/w10091128