Company/Organisation type: Other
Focus area/active in:
- Bio-based Chemistry
- Bio-based Materials
- Engineering / Scale-up
- Enzyme Technologies & Bioprocesses
- Platform / Conversion Technology
Advanced Filtration TEchnologies for the Recovery and Later conversIon of relevant Fractions from wastEwater Project summary The AFTERLIFE project proposes a flexible, cost- and resource-efficient process for recovering and valorizing the relevant fractions from wastewater. It will represent an advance on existing approaches to wastewater treatment, which rely on physic-chemical and biological methods. The AFTERLIFE process will separate out the different components of value using a series of membrane filtration units that will separate all the solids in the wastewater. These will then treated to obtain high-pure extracts and metabolites or, alternatively, to be converted into value-added biopolymers; polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). In addition to the value extracted from the solids, the remaining outflow of the water will be ultrapure and ready for re-use. Objectives The overall goal of the project is to demonstrate at TRL-5 a promising innovative wastewater treatment with the simultaneous recovery of compounds of interest and the conversion of the rest of the organic matter into a high-volume added value biopolymer.
Specific objectives have been defined in each WP to reach such a goal:
- WP1 – To develop the filtration system through the use of a membrane filtration unit for the recovery of suspended and soluble solids in wastewater.
- WP2 – To develop the process for the recovery and purification of valuable compounds in the concentrates from filtration step
- WP3 – To develop the conversion of the low value-added organic matter into PHA by an anaerobic/aerobic process
- WP4 – To optimise the resources in the process following a circular economy approach
- WP5 – To design and optimise the overall AFTERLIFE process from a holistic point of view following a Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO) approach
- WP6 – To conduct a demonstration at BBE Pilot Plant using real industrial wastewater and to generate the end products
- WP7 – To provide proof of economic and industrial feasibility for the AFTERLIFE process and comprehensive LCA and cost assessment
- WP8 – To promote the exploitation of the project’s results and expand the impact of the process
This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 745737.
Afterlife stakeholder workshop
Introducing the AFTERLIFE project, co-funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 745737. The AFTERLIFE project proposes a flexible, cost- and resource-efficient process for recovering and valorizing the relevant fractions from wastewater. It will represent an advance on existing approaches to wastewater treatment, which rely on physic-chemical and biological methods.
The AFTERLIFE project consortium consists of 14 companies from 7 countries: Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) (Spain), Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Belgium), Celabor (Belgium), Citromil (Spain), CTC- Centro Tecnológico Nacional de la Conserva y Alimentación (Spain), Heritage (Belgium), IDENER (Spain), Innoven (Italy), Jake S.A. (Spain), Lurederra (Spain), MI-PLAST (Croatia), nova-Institut GmbH (Germany), NOVA.id.FCT (Portugal), VTT Oy (Finland)
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