Expected results

  • Demonstration of the feasibility of a low-cost system for the reuse of municipal and industrial wastewater. Diminution of the costs associated to wastewater reclamation for irrigation applications.
  • Demonstration of the feasibility of anaerobic wastewater treatment at ambient temperature in European climates.
  • Reduction of the energy consumption by 50% comparing LIFE SIAMEC with non-membrane-based technologies with conventional activated sludge systems.
  • Reduction of the energy consumption by 30% comparing LIFE SIAMEC membrane-based technology with conventional activated sludge systems followed by tertiary treatment (UV) commonly used for municipal wastewater reclamation.
  • Recovery ~1-2 kWh/m3 treated wastewater.
  • Reduction of sludge production by 50% compared to conventional activated sludge systems.
  • Reduction of total nitrogen by 80% without external carbon source addition and therefore, minimizing treatment costs.
  • Reduction of methane emissions associated to the anaerobic treatment at ambient temperature by 90%.
  • Demonstration of the feasibility of a non-membrane based post-treatment for anaerobically treated wastewater at ambient temperature in European climates. Verification of biomass retention and nitrogen removal capabilities.

  • Establishment of the most appropriate treatment scheme to be applied depending on the water quality required.
  • Quantification of the economic and environmental benefits of the treatment scheme proposed.
  • Identification of the optimal operational strategies and modelling of the process.
  • Identification of the main technical and economic motivations and constraints for the implementation of the proposed technology as an upgrading technology for WWTPs in the EU.
  • Determination of the potential transferability of the technology to other European regions and/or climate conditions as well as different wastewater profiles. Besides Mediterranean and Atlantic regions, many people lives in a continental climate’s geographical area under the threat of water scarcity periods in the EU. Moreover, municipal and industrial wastewaters may be different across industrial regions and cities in Europe.
  • Collaboration to the achievement of the EU challenges in the water sector, through i) policy making, ii) technical solutions, iii) management solutions, iv) social responsibility.
  • Fostering water reuse initiatives, through dissemination of project’s results and knowledge transfer to end users identified through the project.

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