Supported projects in water management

WATER

Water management is understood as all topics dealing with the use of water for agriculture and urban areas

CROSSCLIMATE

Partners: Amigo Srl (Italy)

The project aims at laying sound foundations to develop a realistic business model and a commercial product for bringing to the market innovative climate services in the field of water management including the nexus between agriculture, food and drinkable water. The new climate services will be based on the exploitation of the Copernicus Services including the seasonal forecasts. Final scope of the project is to identify a suitable market for climate services and identify the interested users at European and Worldwide level, based on providing appropriate information to the different utilities which are related to water use.

To this extent, Amigo plans to schedule at least one or more meetings with end-users in the sectors of water management for agriculture and drinkable water. A second target will be companies active in agriculture and agrifood production. The aim, to strengthen a second application with a prototyping project in the second cut-off, will therefore be to point out user needs for a water climate service, the identification user requirements for the climate platform, drafting new models of decision chains and sketching co-designed climate services to be developed.

 

ANASYWA - Advanced Nano filtration system for water treatment

Partners: Stea Tech Srl and SC ELECTRONIC APRIL Srl (Romania) 

Water management in rural environments has become an important issue nowadays due to increased quality demand in human consumption and agriculture and growing local industrialization. Ordinary sources of ground and surface water are usually improper for drinking, agriculture or industrial use because of water hardness and various chemical and biological pollutants.  Another critical aspect is the difficulty to offer consistent regular and maintenance support for the deployed equipment at an economic cost.

ANASYWA project aims to find a better proposition in drinking water production for small and medium communities and for companies aiming at similar quality standards, with less power consumption, pollution, footprint, maintenance and consumables. The prototype will use nanofiltration membranes able to replace the classic combination of resin based ion exchange water softener and membrane filtration (ultrafiltration or reverse osmosis). The newest available types of nanofiltration membranes (Hollow Tube, Smart Comb, LF Nano, Ceramic Flat and Tube) will be tested in cross-flow and direct-flow configuration for water hardness reduction, chemical and biological pollutants removal. In addition the project will try to cover two other major aspects:  variable flow and quality of the water source and power consumption. By using multistage centrifugal pumps with efficient IE5 motors with variable speed drives, proportional valves instead of manual ball or needle valves and electronic sensors instead of classic measuring instruments (manometers, rotameters), the system will be able to self-adapt to the variations of the flow and quality of the water source and sensibly reduce the power consumption. The automation system will contain a scalable high performance PLC unit and all the embedded software will be in-house developed with focus in reducing human intervention and power consumption optimization. Optional dosing modules for antiscalant, pH correction and chlorination will be provisioned. The prototype will be assembled in a skid that, at a larger scale, will form the building block for higher capacity units. The co-applicant will develop the system that will perform the remote monitoring, data aggregation and alarm functions over Internet for integration on a higher supervising system.  The functionality and the efficacy of the ANASYWA unit will be tested in the field at potential customers with various quality water sources. 

 

Increasing the efficiency of nutrients removal in small community wastewaters

Partners: ECOTRUST Srl (Romania) and ECO-SISTEMI Srl (Italy)

The aim of the project is to join the efforts of two European SMEs, EcoSistemi (Italy) and Ecotrust (Romania), for demonstrating in a real environment the efficiency of the integration of two waste water treatment technologies: a traditional primary treatment (three chamber Imhoff tank) and an innovative secondary biological treatment (RCBR biofilm reactor). This new application layout will increase water treatment quality standards, providing high efficiency in a compact design, high reduction of plant complexity, and high reduction of ecological footprint.

 

SONOELCHEMCELL

Partners: KEMATRONIC and OST Group Srl (Romania)

Wastewater treatment prototype without biological treatment, with cavitation and electrochemical oxidation in high-voltage field, generated by ultrasound and electrokinetical disintegration.

An innovative intelligent wastewater treatment technology is proposed to be tested, to study its effects on wastewater treatment, namely on COD degradation.

This project intends to combine the following in one SONOELCHEMCELL small-scale prototype: 1. An electrokinetic disintegration module and 2. A sonication disintegration module.

The 2 types of disintegration to be included in the innovative module have proven their efficacy in practice for sludge disintegration. The hypothesis at this point is that this combined module will have dramatic effects on wastewater treatment, ensuring COD degradation, in the same time being a feasible option in terms of efficiency, costs, environmental and social impact. SONOELCHEMCELL idea came from the surprising results found at Targu Secuiesc municipal wastewater treatment plant, plant designed and executed by our company, Kematronic, and mounted by co-applicant OST GRUP. This wwtp includes sonication and elektrokinetical disintegration for sludge treatment and has been in operation for 1 year and 6 months with outstanding unexpected results on treated wastewater. The actual raw wastewater has a large fraction of hard BOD (recalcitrant) in COD in raw wastewater; however this hard BOD was decomposed - the COD values in the treated wastewater are less than 30 mg /l. Therefore, based on this experience, we want to realize a small-scale prototype wastewater treatment plant, to study the effects of these types of disintegration on wastewater exclusively; so far, these technologies have only been studied on sludge. A comprehensive prototype research process is planned, to use this small-scale prototype to study the effects of both disintegration types, on COD degradation in wastewater, individually and together, in different and variable operation regimes, followed by a large-scale environment demonstration.