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REcovery and REcycling of nutrients TURNing wasteWATER into added-value products for a circular economy in agriculture

Objective

Water2REturn proposes a full-scale demonstration process for integrated nutrients recovery from wastewater from the slaughterhouse industry using biochemical and physical technologies and a positive balance in energy footprint. The project will not only produce a nitrates and phosphate concentrate available for use as organic fertiliser in agriculture, but its novelty rests on the use of an innovative fermentative process designed for sludge valorisation which results in a hydrolysed sludge (with a multiplied Biomethane Potential) and biostimultants products, with low development costs and high added value in plant nutrition and agriculture.
This process is complemented by proven technologies such as biological aeration systems, membrane technologies, anaerobic processes for bio-methane production and algal technologies, all combined in a zero-waste-emission and an integrated monitoring control tool that will improve the quality of data on nutrient flows. The project will close the loop by demonstrating the benefits associated with nutrients recycling through the implementation of different business models for each final product. This will be done with a systemic and replicable approach that considers economic, governance and social acceptance aspects through the whole chain of water and targets essentially two market demands: 1) Demand for more efficient and sustainable production methods in the meat industry; and 2) Demand for new recycled products as a nutrient source for agriculture.
As a summary, Water2REturn project adopts a Circular Economy approach where nutrients present in wastewaters from the meat industry can be recycled and injected back into the agricultural system as new raw materials. The project foster synergies between the food and sustainable agriculture industries and propose innovative business models for the resulting products that will open new market opportunities for the European industries and SMEs in two key economic sectors.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/sustainable agriculture

Call for proposal

H2020-CIRC-2016TwoStage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

BIOAZUL, SL
Address
Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia Numero 18, 1-4
29001 Malaga
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 725 552,97

Participants (15)

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 678 230
Address
Calle S. Fernando 4
41004 Sevilla
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ
Spain
EU contribution
€ 637 361,25
Address
Centro Cultural Reina Sofia Paseo Carlos Iii N9
11003 Cadiz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION PUBLICA ANDALUZA CENTRODE LAS NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS DEL AGUA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 615 125
Address
Autovia Sevilla Huelva (A49) Km28
41820 Carrion De Los Céspedes - Sevilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGROINDUSTRIAL KIMITEC SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 587 727
Address
Carretera De Alicun 369 Edificio Ma
04721 Roquetas De Mar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADVENTECH - ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 356 562,50
Address
Rua De Fundoes - Centro Empresarial E Tecnologico 151
3700 121 Sao Joao Da Madeira
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALGEN, CENTER ZA ALGNE TEHNOLOGIJE, DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 343 984,38
Address
Brnciceva Ulica 29
1231 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 350 141,25
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SLOROM SRL

Participation ended

Romania
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Comuna Draghiceni
237160 Olt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENCO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 214 156,25
Address
Via Michelangelo Schipa 115
80122 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
2B Srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 291 812,50
Address
Via Della Chiesa Campocroce 4
31021 Mogliano Veneto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNION EUROPEENNE DU COMMERCE DU BETAIL ET DE LA VIANDE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 293 292,50
Address
Rue De La Loi 81A
1040 Brussels
Activity type
Other
ISITEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 276 500
Address
Bussestrasse 27
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EXERGY LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 43 418,91
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN LANDOWNERS ORGANIZATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 363 750
Address
Rue De Treves 67
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
SLOROM D&C DRAGHICENI SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 94 281,25
Address
Strada Principala 150 Sat Draghiceni Comuna Draghi
237160 Draghiceni
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)