CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN

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.

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)

Sort alphabetically

Sort by EU Contribution

Expand all

LAB-TOOLS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 283 430

LIGHTMAIN COMPAY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 182 008

OXYGUARD INTERNATIONAL AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 218 554

TECHNOSAM SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 180 376

THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 35 712

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 37 823

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 606326

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    31 August 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 527 485,80

  • EU contribution

    € 1 188 000

Coordinated by:

AGRICULTURAL REQUISITES AND MECHANIZATIONS LIMITED

United Kingdom