The Project

REMEB (Recycled Membrane Bioreactor) is a Research and Development project funded by the European Commission under grant agreement No. 641998, in the framework of the call H2020-WATER-2014. It is a project for first market application developments. With a total budget of 2,361,622.50 Euros, it has a duration of three years, starting in September 2015 and concluding in August 2018.

The main objectives of the REMEB project are the implementation and validation of a low cost recycled ceramic membrane bioreactor (MBR) for water reuse in a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

Wastewater treatment through the use of a membrane bioreactor (MBR) can be an exceptional alternative to increase the reclaimed water as a worldwide habitual application. The main problem of the current MBRs, using inorganic membranes, is the high running and maintenance costs of the technology. REMEB project proposes a new type of MBR which will significantly decrease the cost of the technology.

In this sense, Remeb project will develop a ceramic, ecological and competitive MBR for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), from ceramic raw materials and by-products and agro-industrial wastes.

As a first approach the low cost ceramic membranes will be developed in Spain with typical raw materials used in the ceramic tile industry like chamotte from fired tile scrap and wastes obtained in agricultural and industrial processes such as olive oil solid wastes and marble working wastes. Then, the membrane will be replicated at a pilot scale in Turkey and Italy, being also ceramic strategic areas, by using recycled materials and wastes products available in these countries. The differences between manufactured membranes will be examined.

Remeb MBR will be validated in the WWTP of Aledo (Region of Murcia) with the aim of reusing the wastewater for irrigation in an area with water shortages.

REMEB project is integrated by a total of 11 partners from seven different countries: FACSA as project coordinator from Spain, the Spanish Institute for Ceramic Technology ITC-UJI, the French engineering company IMECA Process, the consultant company from Cyprus ATLANTIS Consulting, the Norwegian company BIOWATER, the Valencia Region Council of Chambers of Commerce in Spain, Castellón laboratory for research and environmental projects IPROMA, Spain,  the Italian ceramic centre Centro Ceramico, the ceramic research centre SAM in Turkey, Antonio Ariño University in Colombia and the Wastewater Management Entity of Murcia region (Spain), ESAMUR.