PHORWater project, framed within the LIFE + funding with the contribution of the European Union, aims to increase awareness of the environmental problem of phosphorus and its recovery from wastewater treatment plants. In PHORWater, the phosphorus from the influent of the wastewater treatment plant is biologically removed from the water line and concentrated at the waste activated sludge (WAS) produced so lately so it can be removed from the sludge for its recovery as crystallized struvite. The project will take place at the WWTP facility of Calahorra (La Rioja, Spain), where it will be implemented the best configuration for biological phosphorus removal with a crystallization reactor at the side streams of the sludge line in order to recover phosphorus as struvite and analyze the feasibility of the obtained product as agricultural fertilizer.

The main goal of the project is to introduce an efficient and financially viable technology for the removal of pharmaceuticals (PH) from the effluent of wastewater treatment plants. The technology is based on the advanced oxidation processes (AOP) associated with electrochemical degradation of PH, using different electrodes (graphite electrodes, mixed metal oxide electrodes and boron-doped diamond electrodes).

The main objetive of the project is to demonstrate an alternative economic and ecological technique to completely degrade pesticide residues in waste water produced on farms by remnants in containers and tanks of phytosanitary treatment equipment, and rinsing of them after use, machinery and equipment cleaning, etc., with innovative equipment located on farms, providing solutions to a current European problem, especially in the Mediterranean area.

LIFE+ WOGAnMBR project approaches the problem of industrial water with high concentrations of complex organic matter, often generated by food and beverages industries, which are currently treated by conventional processes that generate a large amount of sludge and have a high energy consumption.

So the project main objective is to develop and demonstrate the use of AnMBR membranes for the treatment and recovery of food industry complex wastewater.

The project objective is to increase sustainability of membrane-based water treatment processes, by improving their durability and reducing the environmental costs associated to this technology. As a result, the obtained processed water will comply Royal Decree 1620/2007 about reuse of waste water, by means of reusing recycled membranes for whichever purpose allowed by the Royal Decree. This will be achieved through an environmentally-friendly recycling process of the waste membranes disposed by the reverse osmosis desalination plants, and then using the recycled membranes in lower pressure filtration processes. Such recycled membranes, having a remarkably increased permeability, will be demonstrated in the project in two direct applications: pre-treatment process before reverse osmosis step, and wastewater tertiary treatment, so that such applications of recycled membranes will guarantee the required water quality needed for water reuse.

The objective of this project is to demonstrate a new system for triggering lysis (break down) of cyanobacteria, decreasing its concentration and preventing mass blooming. This new technology, which will be implemented through a pilot device on two selected water bodies, will not destroy the entire population of the bacteria. It will simply prevent its mass occurence. The project will also test new online sensors that determine concentrations and detect certain physical and chemical parameters of cyanobacteria in water bodies.

The CELLU2PLA LIFE project aims to demonstrate an innovative technology that utilisés the cellulose contained in municipal waste water in the production of PLA. This sustainable and economically viable technology will thus contribute to the creation of a bio-based economy. The project will also contribute to the development of EU policy on municipal waste water treatment through its results.