Limited water resources and increasing environmental pollution are main problems in most Third Countries. A new membrane bioreactor (MBR) system will be developed for recycling and reuse of wastewater. Textile and municipal wastewater as the main sources of wastewater in North Africa will be used for bench- and pilot-scale tests. Extremely low concentrated and germ free effluents can be achieved with MBR systems, producing only small amounts of excess sludge. The increased biodegradation requires a low cut-off (e.g. ultra filtration), which is not used in known MBR-systems. Nevertheless, the specific costs for wastewater reuse in Third Countries have to be reduced. New membrane materials, innovative module concepts and the combination with anaerobic bioreactors (less energy and CO2-production) will be used for reaching the proposed goals.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts