Good wishes to everyone

2021 comes to an end and we look back on an eventful year. A lot of progress was made in the Run4life project and we were able to share new publications and several events with people involved and interested in the project. Some events could even take place in real life which was especially nice after a long period behind the desk. At the end of the year the project came to an end and we celebrated with the replication workshop. We wish you the best for the festivities and in the next year!

Keep in touch via LinkedIn and the website where additional results will posted.

3rd Innovation Workshop

Project partner ISLE, leader of the exploitation and commercialisation activities, organised the 3rd and final Run4Life Innovation Workshop. It was focused on the business cases and models developed by each of the demo sites. Participating end-users received direct information about technologies and their practical implementation, and were invited to provide feedback on the innovations of Run4Life. This exchange can aid the future development of the Run4Life solutions and smooth the journey to commercialisation. This Innovation Workshop also included a Masterclass by an expert from the water and environmental sector who provided the Run4Life partners a good perspective and understanding of what funding and investment opportunities might be interesting for them now the project has finished.

Replication Workshop

Project partner NSVA hosted the final project event on the 26th of November, a Replication Workshop for municipalities and other stakeholders was held on-site at the RecoLab. It was combined with an online satellite event hosted by project partner LeAF, enabling participants to watch a livestream of the event. Over 60 people from different countries in Europe participated in the workshop, to learn and discuss about replication of source separated wastewater systems and the resource recovery approach of Run4Life. First the managers of the four project demonstration sites briefly presented their main facts and experiences, as well as a representative of the Jenfelder Au site in Hamburg, Germany. Moderator Mats Johansson of Ecoloop actively involved the participants in expressing their thoughts about the different applied concepts. In the breaks it was possible to join a guided tour of the RecoLab by Hamse Kjerstadius .

The second part of the workshop consisted of a moderated panel debate, during which the five demo-site representatives answered questions about the challenges and opportunities related to building and operating their demo-sites, focusing on financial and regulatory aspects. The end of the panel debate focused on aspects that are important in replication of the concepts in other cities and engaged the workshop participants to share their own developments in setting up a circular sanitation project.

More information about this workshop can be found here.

Final project events

At the end of November, after 4.5 well-spent years, the Run4Life project came to an end. The 15 partners of the consortium led by project coordinator Aqualia, have been working on the recovery of fertiliser products from source-separated wastewater systems. This is demonstrated at four demonstration sites in Europe at Sneek, Vigo, Helsingborg and Gent. The final days of the project were all about celebrating successes and sharing the lessons learned with others. The project’s final General Assembly (GA) meeting took place on November 24th as a hybrid meeting in the RecoLab in Helsingborg and online. Different municipalities and other stakeholders interested in source-separated wastewater management and resource recovery came to Helsingborg on November 25th for the final project workshop, focussed on aiding the replication of circular source-separation concepts in other cities. On November 30th the third and last Run4Life Innovation Workshop was hosted by project partner ISLE.

Testing of recovered fertilisers – Update

Manuel Riveiro and his team are currently performing pot tests using Run4Life products at the Estación Experimental Agrícola do Baixo Miño (Agricultural Experiment Station do Baixo Miño) in Salceda. These tests are being performed with liquid effluent of the AnMBR implemented at the Vigo demo site, sludge from that same AnMBR, anaerobic sludge from the UASB of the Sneek demo site and fertiliser pellets produced at Recolab, the Helsingborg demo site. Tests will run until mid-September.

The plants that are used are ryegrass and basil, as can be seen in the pictures. Two soil types are tested, sandy soil and clay soil.

Results will be shared when they are available, together with the results of earlier quality analyses and fertiliser tests. We can’t wait!

BCE Webinar “sustainable water treatment”

On the 27th of September Run4Life will take part in the Biorefine Cluster Europe (BCE) webinar “Sustainable Water Treatment”.  During the webinar several European projects that are members of the BCE will present their work and outcomes related to sustainable water treatment. Iemke Bisschops of LeAF, one of the Run4Life project partners, will present an overview of the approaches taken at the four demonstrations sites. Technologies on how nutrients and biogas are recovered from source-separated domestic wastewater will be discussed. The webinar programme can be found here.

New webpage on the risks and life cycle assessments of Run4Life fertiliser products

Within the Run4Life project, fertiliser products from decentralized domestic wastewater are produced. Work package 5 addresses the environmental, technical, health and economical aspects of the products. This is done through Risk and Life Cycle assessments. More information on the work performed by work package 5 is now available on the website. Please visit the website and learn about how we ensure safe and economical fertiliser products within Run4Life!

New webpage on fertiliser products of Run4Life

At the different demonstration sites of the Run4Life project several fertiliser products are recovered. Within Run4Life, one work package (4) is dedicated to link the recovered nutrients to its potential market uptake as safe fertilisers. Several pot and field tests are carried out to show the performance of the fertilisers produced within Run4Life. The end-user perspective is key. The activities and progress of the research on the fertiliser products of Run4Life is now published. Please visit the website for more information!

Video’s of the Run4Life workshop at IWA EcoSTP 2021

Run4Life organised a workshop at the 5th International Conference on Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment (EcoSTP 2021). Partners Aqualia, LeAF BV, Desah and WE&B engaged the audience in the challenges and opportunities encountered in resource recovery from domestic wastewaters and food waste, a crucial aspect of the transition to a circular economy.

For attendees the video’s of the workshop are made available online. They can be accessed through here, use your code choose “explore” or “live sessions”, choose 24-6 and workshop #8.

For non-attendees the presentations are available on the Run4Life website here.


Run4Life at the IWA EcoSTP 2021

This week (June 21-25, 2021) the 5th International Conference on Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment (EcoSTP 2021), will be held online.

Join us on Thursday 24 June at 13:30h for our workshop about “Decentralized treatments for resource recovery from domestic wastewater”. Run4Life partners Nicolas Morales of Aqualia, Grietje Zeeman of LeAF BV, Paraschos Chatzopoulos of Desah and Beatriz M. of Water, Environment and Business for Development (WE&B) will engage you in the challenges and opportunities encountered in resource recovery from wastewaters and food waste, a crucial aspect of the transition to a circular economy.

Also, Juan M. Lema Rodicio, Professor Emeritus of the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, partner of the Run4Life consortium, will be awarded with the highest recognition granted by the Politecnico di Milano: the Honorary Degree ‘Laurea Magistrale ad Honorem’. You can join the ceremony that will be livestreamed on June 25th at 10:30h.

The full programme of the IWA EcoSTP conference can be found on their website.