The REMEB project is made known to professionals in the water sector in a conference in Murcia

  • The initiative, funded by the European Union’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, has developed a low-cost membrane bioreactor (MBR).

  • The presentation of the technology was held in Aledo, Murcia, municipality where the technology has been implemented

The international consortium of REMEB, integrated by FACSA, ITC-UJI, ESAMUR, the Valencia Region Council of Chambers of Commerce and IPROMA, among others, have made known the project to professionals of the water sector in a conference held in the town of Aledo, Murcia.

It is an initiative that has developed and is currently validating a ceramic sustainable membrane bioreactor (MBR) based on wastes from various agro-industrial processes. The current ceramic membranes are manufactured from pure ceramic oxides (such as alumina, zirconia or titania), which involve a high cost, due to the cost of raw materials and the complex manufacturing process.

The incorporation of wastes in the composition of the membrane not only reduces the volume of wastes accumulated in landfills, but also the price of this water treatment technology.

The presentation conference of the REMEB project was held on 28th June in Aledo, municipality of Murcia where the REMEB project pilot was installed, and with the participation of several entities. Previously, a visit to the sewage treatment plant was organized, where the project technicians showed the technology in operation.

The inauguration of the presentation was in charge of José Guillermo Berlanga, director of R&D of FACSA; Joaquín Ruiz, manager of ESAMUR and Carmen Rojo, Councilor of Finance of the City Council of Aledo.

Ignacio Pastor, Operations Coordinator of Alicante-Murcia area of FACSA, presented the work carried out in the manufacture of the recycled ceramic membranes, the challenges and the solutions provided, which have led to the generation of low-cost ceramic membranes suitable for the treatment and reuse of wastewater.

Next, Elena Zuriaga, R&D Technician of FACSA and coordinator of the REMEB project, explained the characteristics of the MBR developed and the results obtained to date, which show the potential for commercialization of the technology in the future.

She also expressed the commitment of the REMEB consortium to continue researching in this field, after the completion of the project, to achieve the full system optimization. The objective is to ensure its competitiveness against other existing technologies, thus facilitating its entry into the market.

Rafael Casielles, Project Manager of the company BIOAZUL, also participated in the conference presenting the RICHWATER project. This Horizon 2020 initiative works on the regeneration of water for agricultural use with membrane technology.

For his part, Emilio Nicolás, senior scientist of the CSIC, spoke about the practical case of using reclaimed water from the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Jumilla in the irrigation community of Miraflores.

Finally, Pedro Simón, Technical Director of ESAMUR, gave the keys to the new European regulation on water reuse, currently under development, and explained the challenges presented by its entry into force.

Manuel Abellán, Technician and Head of Operations zone 1 of ESAMUR, moderated and closed the conference attended by dozens of technicians and professionals from the water sector of several provinces with interests in innovation and sustainability in this field.

The REMEB project started in September 2015 and will conclude in August 2018. It is composed of 11 international partners from 7 countries, led by FACSA. The rest of the partners: the ITC-UJI, Spanish Ceramic Technology Institute; the French engineering company IMECA PROCESS; the Cyprus consultancy ATLANTIS; the Norwegian company BIOWATER; the Valencia Region Council of Chambers of Commerce; the Castellón laboratory for research and environmental projects IPROMA; the Italian ceramic research Centre CENTRO CERAMICO; the Turkish ceramic research centre SAM; the Universidad Antonio Nariño of Colombia and the Wastewater Treatment and Sanitation Entity of the Region of Murcia, ESAMUR.