REMEB is completing its field tests to validate its new advanced wastewater treatment system

  • The consortium, seeking to develop and validate a ceramic membrane bioreactor (MBR) for the reuse of wastewater in the urban and industrial areas, has visited the REMEB MBR at the wastewater treatment plant in Aledo, Murcia.

  • The initiative is co-financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Murcia 11/13/2017 The partners of the REMEB project, as part of its biannual meeting programme, have met again this time in Murcia, headquarters of the partner ESAMUR (Sanitation and Purification Entity of the Region of Murcia) and province where the REMEB eco-friendly ceramic membrane bioreactor has been implemented.

In addition to the usual follow-up project meetings, the partners made the most of their trip and visited the REMEB MBR that has been installed in the Wastewater Treatment Plant (EDAR) of Aledo, in Spain.

The main objective of the REMEB project is the development and validation of an advanced wastewater treatment system – a sustainable and competitive ceramic membrane bioreactor – with the aim of implementing it in municipal and industrial WWTPs. In its first phase the consortium is intending to recover water for irrigation in agriculture. Its differentiating value is that the raw material of the membranes come from agro-industrial wastes.

To reach these objectives the Aledo WWTP represents an ideal space for the project, since the main economic activity of this town is agriculture and it is located in an area with water scarcity. The need for water reuse is therefore more than justified.

It should be noted that Murcia, among the provinces most affected by the drought in Spain, is one of the leading regions in water reuse in Europe. At present it recycles around 99% of its water.

For its part, ESAMUR, sanitation entity responsible for the Aledo WWTP, supports and promotes innovative initiatives in the water sector, especially those that provide solutions to the problem of drought by applying principles of the circular economy.

This international project, which is now more than two years old and will conclude in August 2018, is currently in its validation phase. The REMEB MBR is installed today in Aledo, where trials are being carried out to ensure the system’s optimum performance.

The initiative, co-financed by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement no. 641998, is composed of 11 international partners: the leader of the project FACSA, the Institute of Ceramic Technology ITC-UJI, the French engineering IMECA PROCESS, the Cypriot environmental consulting company ATLANTIS, the Norwegian engineering BIOWATER, the Valencia Region Council of Chambers of Commerce, the Castellón laboratory of research and environmental projects IPROMA, the Italian ceramics research centre CENTRO CERAMICO, the ceramic research centre from Turkey SAM, the university Universidad Antonio Nariño from Colombia and the Entity for Wastewater Treatment of the Region of Murcia, ESAMUR.

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