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Autonomous Reed Bed Installations

Objective

Subsurface-flow constructed wetlands have become a very popular cost effective and green technology for treatment of waste water throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Original predictions over the longevity of constructed wetlands were approximately 50 -100 years (Conley et al 1991). However, it has become disappointingly apparent that these systems are clogging and have on average a lifetime of less than 10 years (Griffin et al 2008). Currently when a wetland becomes clogged, the whole site has to be refurbished and the reeds regrown, which takes several years and has significant economic consequences for the operators.

Our project ARBI aims to develop and trial an Autonomous Reed Bed Installation containing a magnetic resonance probe, can be deployed in several locations within a wetland to give measurements at different depths. By measuring the relaxation times of MR, sufficient information can be obtained to determine the clog state of the gravel bed of a wetland. This would enable the operators to isolate those areas of the bed where the problem resides and make a partial intervention, without the need to remove and re-plant the whole reed bed. When the system is developed, we will have potential for application in other water treatment systems based on subsurface flows like: slow rate sand filters, and river bank filtration.

The project will have major benefits for those organisations who would like to install reedbeds but have resisted doing because of concerns over performance and maintenance costs. These will increase the potential size of the market for reedbed installers and benefit the SMEs in the consortium who currently are operating in a constrained market which has not achieved its true potential.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

AGRICULTURAL REQUISITES AND MECHANIZATIONS LIMITED
Address
Rydal House, Colton Road
WS15 3HF Rugeley
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 250 097
Administrative Contact
Patrick Hawes (Mr.)

Participants (6)

LAB-TOOLS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 283 430
Address
Canterbury Enterprise Hub - University Of Kent
CT2 7NJ Canterbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Beau Webber (Dr.)
LIGHTMAIN COMPAY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 182 008
Address
Hibbard Works Station Road
S63 7DG Wath Upon Dearne South Yorkshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Trevor Lafferty (Mr.)
OXYGUARD INTERNATIONAL AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 218 554
Address
Farum Gydevej 64
3520 Farum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marianne Christjansen (Mrs.)
TECHNOSAM SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 180 376
Address
Fagului Str 35
440186 Satu Mare
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markos Tiberiu (Mr.)
THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 35 712
Address
50 Shakespeare Street
NG1 4FQ Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rob Morris (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 37 823
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mercedes Torrellas (Mrs.)