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SERPIC

Sustainable Electrochemical Reduction of contaminants of emerging concern and Pathogens in wastewater treatment plants effluent for Irrigation of Crops.

Description

Sustainable Electrochemical Reduction of contaminants of emerging concern and Pathogens in wastewater treatment plants effluent for Irrigation of Crops.

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  • Ongoing

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Duration

Sep 2021 - Sep 2024

Type of action

Joint Call

Impact

Sustainable Electrochemical Reduction of contaminants of emerging concern and Pathogens in wastewater treatment plants effluent for Irrigation of Crops

SERPIC will develop an integral technology, based on a multi-barrier approach, to treat the effluents of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) to maximise the reduction of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs).


A membrane nanofiltration (NF) technology will be applied to reduce CECs in its permeate stream by at least 90 % while retaining the nutrients. Residual disinfection using chlorine dioxide produced electrochemically will be added to the stream used for crops irrigation (Route A). The CECs in the polluted concentrate (retentate) stream will be reduced by at least 80 % by light-driven electro-chemical oxidation. When discharged into the aquatic system (route B), it will contribute to the quality improvement of the surface water body. A prototype treatment plant will be set up and evaluated for irrigation in long-term tests with the help of agricultural test pots. A review investigation of CECs spread will be performed at four regional showcases in Europe and Africa. It will include a detailed assessment of the individual situation and surrounding condition. Transfer concepts will be developed to transfer the results of the treatment technology to other regions, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Expected research results

  • Review investigation of CECs spread and transformation at four regional showcases in Europe and in Africa
  • Development of technology to reduce CECs from WWTP effluent by membrane filtration and light driven electro-chemical processes
  • A prototype treatment plant validated in relevant environment (TRL5) and powered by photovoltaics
  • Results about irrigation with the treated water via long-term agricultural growth tests
Project consortium

Project coordinator: Lothar SCHÄFER - Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST) - Germany

Communication contact: Jan GÄBLER - jan.gaebler(at)ist.fraunhofer.de

Partners:

Prof. Paola Verlicchi, University of Ferrara  (UNIFE), Italy

Mrs Rebecca Schwantes, SolarSpring GmbH (SSP), Germany

Prof. Manuel Andrés Rodrigo, University of Castilla La Mancha (UCLM), Spain

Dr Vítor Vilar, Faculty of Engineering University of Porto (UP), Portugal

Mrs Marta Carvalho, Águas de Portugal (AdP), Portugal

Dr Pawel Krzeminski, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway

Prof. Gideon Wolfaardt, Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa