Connected! Nieuwe Dokken vacuum system put in operation.

Project partner DuCoop has started the vacuum collection system at demonstration site “De Nieuwe Dokken” in Ghent, Belgium. This is the first time In Flanders that toilet wastewater is collected by means of a vacuum sewer. Municipal building “Melopee” houses a primary school, a children’s day care facility and the neighbourhood sports hall. Early next year the first 90 apartments will follow, with regular new connections until 2024 at the end of the development. All local wastewater will be treated on-site, recovering valuable resources such as phosphorous fertiliser, energy and clean water for industrial reuse.

More information about this milestone can be found on DuCoop’s website (in Dutch).

Run4Life activities at the AD16 Conference in Delft, the Netherlands

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a central technology in the Run4Life approach, as it is key in achieving the recovery of nutrients from domestic wastewater. In June this year, Run4Life consortium partners Aqualia, Leitat, USC, LeAF and WU participated in Delft in the 16th IWA World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, one of the largest AD conferences worldwide. Merijn Moerland (WU) attracted great attention with his a poster on the hyper-thermophilic anaerobic treatment of black water for recovery of nutrients and energy. Eduard Borràs (Leitat) participated with an oral presentation about the experimental results gained with nitrogen recovery from anaerobically digested blackwater using bioelectrochemical systems. The main results of the operation of the AnMBR treating toilet wastewater at the Vigo demosite were presented by Nicolás Morales (Aqualia).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking advantage of the presence of international experts at AD16, meetings were organized with several of them – some already engaged with Run4Life through their role as members of the project’s Scientific Advisory Board. Interacting and discussing about the Run4Life project and its key aspects, interesting feedback was obtained that is being taken in mind for the ongoing and future project activities. Throughout the congress, Run4Life postcards and bookmarks were handed out to interested people, inviting them to visit the project website and maintain their connection to the project.

Run4Life presented at ENE3, ECOMONDO (Rimini, Italy)

Project partner Aqualia presented Run4Life during the 3rd European Nutrient Event “Towards Circular Economy of Phosphorus and other nutrients” taking place at the ECOMONDO expo in Rimini, Italy on November 9th. Key nutrient research projects were presented, followed by group discussion on the future challenges in nutrient research, development, innovation and implementation.

Special session at Water Science for Impact (Wageningen, the Netherlands)

On October 16th Run4Life held a special session during the Water Science for Impact conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Project partners DeSaH, Ducoop, ForFarmers and LeAF presented the project, with a focus on the four demonstrations sites and the produced fertiliser products.

An interesting discussion on the applicability of recovered fertilisers in agriculture and the importance of recovering nitrogen as well as phosphorous closed the session.

Road Trip Project Atlantic route visited Vigo demosite

The demosite in Vigo was visited by Atlantic Road travellers Yldau and Fabian. They were given a full tour of the site, and were not afraind of meeting black water hands-on! See the article that was published here on the Road Trip website, and the video featuring Run4Life: https://www.facebook.com/EUinmyregion/videos/952578374921542/.

The Road Trip Project is a European travel experience that takes 8 individuals on 4 routes across the continent between Spring and Summer 2018. From the Baltics to the westernmost point of Europe, the length of the Danube, around the Mediterranean and alongside the Atlantic, the Road Trip travellers meet locals and experience the local vibe, and rediscover Europe together with the online community.

Join Run4Life@IFAT!

The Run4Life project is organising a Stakeholder Engagement Workshop at the IFAT trade fair in Munich. This is done in cooperation with the European Sustainable Phosphorous Platform, the German Phosphorous Platform, solution providers, EU projects on resource recovery, and other stakeholders.

The event takes place on the morning of May 17th, and anyone with an IFAT ticket can join. The programme and a registration form can be found here on this website.

Fruitful 6-month consortium meeting in Vigo, Spain

At the end of November the 6-month consortium meeting of Run4Life was held in Vigo, Spain. All partners provided updates on the progress and work plans for the coming months were discussed. In addition, there were several invited stakeholders who provided input. The demonstration site in Vigo was visited, as well as the local sewage treatment plant.  Local newspaper Atlantico published an article about the project.

Introduction to Run4Life

The goal of the Run4Life project is to recover nutrients from domestic waste streams for application in agriculture.

Domestic wastewater is an important carrier of resources, among which are water and nutrients. In the current centralised wastewater management systems nutrients are hardly recovered. Run4Life proposes an alternative strategy for improving nutrient recovery rates, based on a decentralised treatment of segregated black water (toilet wastewater), grey water (other domestic wastewaters) and organic kitchen waste. Different innovative technologies are combined, such as new ultra-low water flushing vacuum toilets yielding highly concentrated black water, hyper-thermophilic anaerobic digestion as one-step process for fertilisers production and bio-electrochemical systems for nitrogen recovery.

The technologies and will be demonstrated at 4 large sites in Europe, the first time nutrients will be recovered from domestic waste streams at this scale. The resulting fertiliser products will be characterised and their possibilities for agricultural application will be determined.  End users and other stakeholders are afundamental part of this evaluation.

The project started in June 2017 and will continue until June 2021.