REMEB European Project partners holding the 2nd meeting in Valencia

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  • The consortium has assessed technical progresses and achieved results in the first six months

On 7th and 8th March the 2nd meeting of the partners of the European research project REMEB has taken place in Valencia, Spain, at the headquarters of Valencia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation. This project main objectives are the implementation and validation of a low-cost ceramic membrane bioreactor (MBR) in a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), the research on the impact and replication of this technology for water reuse in water shortage areas and in the industrial sector, as well as the definition of a suitable business plan to start marketing this technology once the project is finished.

The project, led by FACSA company (Sociedad de Fomento Agrícola Castellonense SA) has a total budget of 2,361,622 Euros, and is funded by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 programme. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2018.

REMEB arises from the research in the field of low-cost recycled ceramic membranes. These are based on wastes obtained in agriculture and industrial processes (sub-products), such as olive oil solid wastes, marble and fireclay wastes, as well as the typical raw materials used in the ceramic tile industry. The project aims to achieve several specific objectives: the valorisation of waste from different agricultural or industrial processes, the manufacturing of an innovative product using recycled materials, the validation of a new MBR with lower initial and performance costs by using low-cost ceramic membranes and the comparison between REMEB MBR and the MBR currently used in the WWTP selected for validation.

All these actions taking place in the project framework are put in value through the exchange of knowledge and experiences carried out by the partners of the project.

In this 2nd meeting the technical progress of the different activities carried out during the first six-month period has been assessed and results measured. The meeting has also facilitated the exchange of information and coordination between the partners. REMEB is integrated by a total of 11 partners from seven different countries. Representatives of all the partners will attend this meeting: from Spain, FACSA as project coordinator, the Spanish Institute for Ceramic Technology ITC-UJI, the Valencia Region Council of Chambers of Commerce, Castellón-based laboratory for research  and environmental projects IPROMA and the Wastewater Management Entity of Murcia region ESAMUR; the French engineering company IMECA Process, the consultant company from Cyprus ATLANTIS, the Norwegian company BIOWATER, the Italian ceramic research centre CENCERBO, the SAM ceramic research centre in Turkey and Antonio Ariño University in Colombia.

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