Sustainable Electrochemical Reduction of contaminants of emerging concern and Pathogens in WWTP 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. A 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.
Irrigation, Reclamation, WWTP eﬄuent, Electrochemical technologies, Renewable energy
Dr. Lothar Schäfer,
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
University of Ferrara - Italy
SolarSpring GmbH - Germany
University of Castilla La Mancha - Spain
Faculty of Engineering University of Porto - Portugal
Águas de Portugal (AdP) - Portugal
Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) - Norway
Stellenbosch University - South Africa