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Ultra-efficient Multi-phase Sequential Waste Water Treatment Technology

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Anaergy (Ultra-efficient Multi-phase Sequential Waste Water Treatment Technology)

Reporting period: 2018-08-01 to 2018-11-30

Enhancing of wastewater treatment technologies is a key goal of the EU to achieve sustainable and circular economy. Environmental concerns, economic savings and stringent regulatory requirements are pushing the agro-food industry to adopt affordable and efficient solutions to treat their effluents. Within this context, Ingeobras and Proycon have developed ANAERGY, an innovative and ultra-efficient sequential wastewater treatment that integrates for the first time in one compact system; anaerobic, aerobic and advanced oxidation stages.
ANAERGY development has currently reached TRL6. To ensure a successful market launch on TRL9, the completion of Phase 1 aims to analyse: (i) Improvement of the anaerobic digester design, manufacturing a mobile unit, prototype testing and industrialization assessment, (ii) commercial objectives including market forecasts, FTO analysis and risk assessment, and (iii) financial objectives such as costs revision and income/profit estimations.
Technical upgrades have been defined and scheduled, including re-engineering works and valuable industrialization assessment. Commercialization strategy have been confirmed based on the urgent needs of the agro-food industry, the upward trend of the involved markets, and the absence of both direct competitors and conflicts with IPR. We performed a risk assessment to make sure that the most relevant risks are identified and set a contingency plan. We also value trade fairs and demonstration activities as a business opportunity to attract our customers and establish more commercial agreements. Considering costs revision and business plan, price between 150,000 and 1,500,000 € was estimated depending on the plant´s size. Its deployment in international markets will allow the exploitation of a business opportunity with cumulative revenues of 67.6 M€, ROI of 10.2 and profit margins in the range 25-45%.
The installation of ANAERGY to treat agro-food wastewater effluents will reduce end-user´s water management costs and environmental footprint. By enhancing current wastewater treatment technology, ANAERGY will decrease water pollution at the source, increase water reusability and strengthen renewable energy share (improvement of biogas production). Together, these actions generate social, environmental and economic benefits for all society, contributing to overall well-being and health, water and food security, and sustainable development (SDG 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation).