Testing the REMEB ceramic membrane bioreactor in Aledo

The REMEB membrane bioreactor has already reached its final destination, the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Aledo, Spain, where it will be validated.
Having passed the highway point of the project, the partners of the REMEB consortium have reached one of their milestones with the implementation of the innovative water treatment system. The low-cost ceramic membrane bioreactor, manufactured and assembled by the French engineering IMECA PROCESS arrived in Aledo, Murcia region, Spain.
The project leader FACSA and IMECA, met to test the MBR and ensure their correct start-up and initiate the real-time experimental validation. Hydraulic and electrical tests have already been done. This phase will be followed by the comparison between the REMEB MBR and the existing MBR at the Aledo WWTP, which is managed by ESAMUR.
IPROMA, the environmental laboratory, will carry out the appropriate analyses to ensure that the REMEB effluent is of equal or better quality than that currently obtained.
The REMEB project, funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, started in September 2015 and will conclude in August 2018.
During these 21 months of life, there have been multiple activities carried out by the different partners in order to reach the project objectives.
Preliminary studies were carried out on the tile manufacturer of the membranes and on the WWTP selected for the validation of the system, which allowed to define the optimal parameters of the REMEB membranes and the MBR.
The ITC-UJI selected and characterized different residues to find the most suitable composition for the manufacture of the sustainable ceramic membranes and worked with the tile manufacturing company in the adaptation of its productive process. Throughout this time, 50 valid membranes have already been produced.
Likewise, SAM and CCB have been studying other agro-industrial residues in Turkey and Italy to manufacture the ceramic membranes at a pilot-scale, demonstrating the great possibilities for replicating the project in other world areas.
At the same time, ATLANTIS has begun studies on the potential for REMEB MBR implementation in other European countries while BIOWATER is analysing the market for this type of water treatment system for the preparation of the business plan.
Universidad Antonio Nariño is studying the potential of the REMEB MBR and echoing the project in Colombia.
All this, under the leadership of FACSA and with the constant support in dissemination of progresses and results of the Valencia Region Council of Chambers of Commerce.

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