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.