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Novel processing routes for effective sewage sludge management

Novel processing routes for effective sewage sludge management

Objective

The Routes project is addressed to discover new routes in wastewater and sludge treatment which allow:
a) to prepare sludge for agricultural utilization by transforming it in a very clean and stabilized product regarding the presence of organic micropollutants (conventional and emerging ones) and of heavy metals, and with respect to hygienic aspects and to phytotoxicity;
b) to minimize sludge production by innovative solutions which can be based on different approaches, i.e.: i) metabolic uncoupling where the free energy released by electrons transport is dissipated in heat, in the activation of alternative metabolic routes or in the accumulation of polymeric products, ii) the use of microbial fuel cells, iii) the use of sequencing batch biofilter granular reactor (SBBGR), iiii) the integration of a side-stream process in membrane bioreactors;
c) to promote recovery of valuable materials from anaerobic digestion, i.e. biopolymers as polyhydroxyalkanoates and fertilizers;
e) to set up and prove at practical scale a novel technique for sludge disposal (wet oxidation) as sustainable alternative to nowadays the most used incineration;
f) to minimize energy pumping by adjusting solid concentration, on a practical installation where sludge is pumped from the production site to a centralized plant.
The general objective of the Routes proposal is therefore to set up a panel of different solutions to be applied in different conditions and circumstances, strictly following the waste hierarchy of the Directive 08/98 on waste. The above solutions will be studied either in laboratory or at practical scale, depending on the maturity of the technology, in order to provide to the Commission and the technical and scientific community applicable solutions and new routes for sludge management, also based on the best integration between the water and sludge treatment lines.
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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 672 000

Administrative Contact

Giuseppe Mininni (Dr.)

Participants (18)

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MEDITERRANEA DELLE ACQUE S.p.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 167 400

"Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale ""La Chimica per l'Ambiente"""

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 224 080

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BRESCIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 142 400

EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 116 400

Bundesanstalt fuer Gewaesserkunde

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 272 400

AKADEMIA TECHNICZNO-HUMANISTYCZNA WBIELSKU-BIALEJ

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 112 400

Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Lublinie

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 162 400

UNIVERSITE DE REIMS CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 122 400

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 192 400

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 324 000

3V GREENEAGLE SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 162 400

VERMICON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 162 400

ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 162 400

VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 232 400

Atemis GmbH ingenieurburo fur abwassertechnik energiemanagement und innovative systementwicklung

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 48 400

MEDITERRANEA DELLE ACQUE S.p.A.

Italy

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Canada

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 88 320

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265156

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2011

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 850 183,33

  • EU contribution

    € 3 364 600

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy