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Developing on line tools to monitor, control and mitigate GHG emissions in WWTPs

Objective

C-FOOT-CTRL aims to develop, test and validate a new software tool for the online monitoring, control and mitigation of the carbon footprint of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Gaseous emissions are emitted from various stages of treatment in a WWTP. Currently, in developed countries the energy required for wastewater treatment accounts for approximately 3% of the total electrical load. Also, WWTPs are the biggest single energy consumers of municipalities with a share of 20% of the total energy consumption. The typical energy efficiency of WWTPs in Europe is less than 50%, when energy efficiency is defined as the ratio of electricity generated at WWTP to the electricity needed from grid to operate the WWTP. Strategies to decrease the required amount of energy may in fact cause greater harm due to the increase of GHG emissions. Various greenhouse gas emissions are associated with the construction and operation of WWTPs. These include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, with nitrous oxide being 298 times more harmful than CO2. The development of a tool that will be able to accurately record on line the various gaseous emissions during the construction and in the different treatment processes of WWTPs is important in order to (i) track the emissions at the moment of occurrence (ii) immediately apply measures to reduce gaseous contaminants and to (iii) link the gaseous emission with a particular activity in the plant.

The on line GHG emissions monitoring and control system will be an innovative, low cost and flexible system based on wireless sensor networks for monitoring and ‘supervising’ activities aiming to reduce GHG emissions during the operation of WWTPs at all stages (pre-treatment, primary treatment, biological treatment, tertiary treatment).

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014
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Coordinator

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 211 500

Participants (5)

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 162 000
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 153 000
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNISENSOR SENSORSYSTEME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 94 500
Address
Am Sandfeld 11
76149 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AERIS TECNOLOGIAS AMBIENTALES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 67 500
Address
Calle Santa Rosa 38
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EMVIS SYMVOULOI MICHANIKOI ANONYMI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Odos Paparrigopoulou 21
15343 Agia Paraskevi Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (4)

THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Australia
Address
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COBALT WATER LLC
United States
Address
45 Main Street Suite 504
11201 Brooklyn Ny
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DRH2O LLC
United States
Address
Whitman Ct 15
92617 Irvine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GREENTECH FUND CALIFORNIA I, PBC
United States
Address
Eureka Building Hub 1621 Alton Parkway Suite 250
92606 Irvine Ca
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)