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Wastewater is not only a reusable resource but also a carrier for energy 而且 components that can be extracted, 治疗, 存储和重用.

KB88凯时官网 joins new 欧洲an initiative to turn wastewater into valuable resource

Experts from the KB88凯时官网 will play a crucial role in a new pan-欧洲an initiative to develop new techniques to turn wastewater into a valuable resource.

A team from both KB88凯时官网’s engineering department 而且 the 业务 School will collaborate with researchers from across 欧洲 for the new ULTIMATE (indUstry water-utiLiTy symbIosis for a sMarter wATer society; ) 项目.

该倡议, funded the 欧洲an Commission, 而且 which starts this month (June 2020), aims to create economic value 而且 increase sustainability by utilising resources within the water cycle.

Wastewater is not only a reusable resource but also a carrier for energy 而且 components that can be extracted, 治疗, 存储和重用.

In the ambitious concept called “Water Smart Industrial Symbiosis (WSIS)” the consortium promotes recycling in various industrial settings.  As a pilot the consortium has selected nine business cases from the international agro-food, petrochemical 而且 biotech sector.

陈伟业博士, Senior Lecturer 在 KB88凯时官网 而且 part of the research team said: “ULTIMATE will explore opportunities to bridge the gap between technology optimisation 而且 business development that will co-produce shared visions for a more circular, 盈利, socially responsible 而且 environmentally friendly 行业, 中心是水. The outcome will significantly enhance the recovery 而且 use of resources, enabling more sustainable socio-economic development with better strengthened resilience to climate change.

Nav Mustafee教授, Associate Professor of Analytics 而且 the Deputy Director of the Centre for Simulation, Analytics 而且 Modelling (CSAM), said: “Our 项目 will employ hybrid computer modelling 而且 simulation techniques, 如, the combined application of System Dynamics with Agent-based 而且 Discrete-event simulation, to model recycling strategies that take into consideration the different systemic inter-linkages existing in water-smart systems”.

斯洛博丹·德约杰维奇教授 而且 Mehdi Khoury博士Centre for Water Systems (CWS) will also contribute their expertise in water research 而且 data sciences to ULTIMATE. The KB88凯时官网’s role in the new partnership will be assembling, developing 而且 demonstrating a set of transversal tools to support WSIS decision making. We will identify symbiotic opportunities, improve the design 而且 operation of symbiotic schemes 而且 assess their medium- 而且 long-term performance within a dynamic socio-economic 而且 business environment.

Several other schemes will be conducted as part of the 项目.

The Aretusa Consortium in Italy, treating residues waters from two communities in Tuscany, has an ambitious vision to increase its annual water process capacity from 3 to 4 million cubic metres, while famous Glenmorangie whiskey distillery in Scotl而且 is another partner that takes part in the pilot. The aim is to extract up to 800mg/L ammonia for usage as fertiliser 而且 to recover heat for use in the distillery processes.

Another demo case is the horticulture development area Nieuw Prinsenl而且 in the Netherl而且s. At this site excess heat during summer is 存储和重用 to cover the greenhouse heat dem而且 during the wintertime. 此外, the 项目 aims to reuse the water 而且 nutrients after treatment of the wastewater to remove pesticides 而且 plant pathogens. The goal is to achieve zero wastewater discharge.

All these approaches promise benefits 如 lower costs as well as new types of revenues, by exploiting waste management: not only because it is a legal obligation but because it offers business opportunities. The 欧洲an Commission has long recognised this potential 而且 adopted the new Circular Economy Action Plan, one of the main building blocks of the 欧洲an Green Deal, 欧洲’s new agenda for sustainable growth.

“ULTIMATE is a 4-year Horizon2020 项目 under the EU Water in the Context of the Circular Economy programme”, says senior researcher Gerard van den Berg, coordinator of the ULTIMATE 项目 from KWR Water 研究 Institute in the Netherl而且s. Van den Berg explains that “We have mobilised a strong partnership of water utilities, 行业, 技术提供商, business developers 而且 applied research institutes. We aim to create economic 而且 sustainability value by valorising resources from the water cycle.”

For more information, please visit the 项目 website at www.ultimatewater.eu

ULTIMATE has received funding from the 欧洲an Union’s Horizon 2020 研究 而且 Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 869318

日期:2020年6月17日

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