Workshop: Nutrient recovery from decentralised operations

Together with the REWAISE project, Run4Life organises a workshop on “Nutrient recovery from decentralised operations” at the IWA WWRR  Virtual Conference, on April 12th 2022.

The efficient recovery of water, fertilisers, energy and other resources from wastewater is key for the transition to a circular economy. The quality and properties of the Run4Life recovered fertiliser products were tested in pot and field tests, and its safety analysed, to ensure that their properties fulfil end-user’s requirements and expectations. At the workshop, results from field tests in Run4Life and other related evaluations will be presented and discussed, together with end-user’s perspectives from fertiliser companies, and other related stakeholders. Challenges and opportunities will be discussed, in an interactive way, with the audience.

More information on the conference website.

Demo-site Helsingborg nominated for the 2022 Global Water Awards!

We are happy and proud to announce that Run4Life demo-site Helsingborg, the Oceanhamnen district and RecoLab, has been nominated for the 2022 Global Water Awards in the category Wastewater Project of the Year. This nomination recognises projects ‘that show the greatest #innovation in terms of optimising its physical or environmental footprint’.

Furthermore, Run4Life project coordinator Aqualia is on two shortlists: Water Company of the Year & Net Zero Carbon Champion. A great achievement!

Voting for the awards is open until April 25th 2022.

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!