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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.
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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

€ 460 381,25

Participants (15)

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UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 678 230

UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 637 361,25

FUNDACION CENTRO DE LAS NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS DEL AGUA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 615 125

AGROINDUSTRIAL KIMITEC SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 587 727

ADVENTECH - ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 356 562,50

ALGEN, CENTER ZA ALGNE TEHNOLOGIJE, DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 343 984,38

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 350 141,25

SLOROM SRL

Romania

ENCO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 214 156,25

2B Srl

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 182 000

UNION EUROPEENNE DU COMMERCE DU BETAIL ET DE LA VIANDE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 293 292,50

ISITEC GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 276 500

EXERGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 418 403,13

EUROPEAN LANDOWNERS ORGANIZATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 363 750

SLOROM D&C DRAGHICENI SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 94 281,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730398

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.2.3.

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

H2020-EU.3.5.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 129 322,50

  • EU contribution

    € 5 871 895,76

Coordinated by:

BIOAZUL, SL

Spain