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.

European Green Week – Innovation workshop

On June 3, the 2nd Innovation Workshop of the Run4Life project was successfully delivered by project partner Isle. This is the second of the three Innovation Workshops that will be delivered by Isle during the project as part of their role as leader of Run4Life’s exploitation and market uptake.

The 2nd Innovation Workshop was focused on the fertilisers produced at the project demonstration sites and the main discussion points were around the marketability of these products based on the pots and field trials undertaken, the results of the LCA and BCA as well as the social perception around this type of fertilisers. An example of a business case was presented showing how a water utility has worked together with a technology provider to produce fertilisers that could be marketable. The point of view of farmers and fertiliser companies as key stakeholders of the Run4Life fertilisers was also presented.

Many thanks to all our speakers and audience! This was a great opportunity to showcase some of the project results and receive feedback from key end-users.




Run4Life demonstration sites opened their doors

As part of the European Green Week, today Run4Life held Open Days, physically and virtually, to show what is possible in wastewater resource recovery to help achieve a clean and circular economy. First everyone got an update of what is happening at all the demonstration sites. In Helsingborg and Ghent inhabitants are just moving in, in Vigo and Sneek the experiments with the new technologies are making progress.

Then the participants of the physical event got a tour of the demonstration site Vigo and the online participants could choose a site of which they could see a virtual tour and ask questions to the demo site representative. Thank you all forparticipating and/or hopefully till the next event! Thursday you can join the innovation workshop where Run4Life technology developers and fertiliser producers are directly brought in contact with end-users. More information and registration can be found here.

For more information on the demonstration sites please visit the website.

Junior Science Lab

Education in creating valuable products from wastewater, as is done in Run4Life, is essential for the acceptance of these products. Starting with the younger people in our society, primary school children, can help tremendously in starting the conversation in peoples homes. Run4Life joined forces with the Science Hub of Wageningen University and organised an educational event for primary school children ‘Delicious Waste Water’ on the 19th of may.

Children were invited to come to the University for an afternoon and experienced what it is to attend a lecture and perform experiments. They learned about wastewater; where it comes from, what it consists of and how it is treated now. Furthermore, they learned about what plants need to grow, how components in wastewater can be used to fertilise plants and why segregating wastewater streams is useful.


Register for our EU Green Week partner events!

Registration is now open for our Virtual Open Days at the four project demo-sites and the on-site guided tour at Porto do Molle, both on May 31st.

Furthermore, on June 3rd the Online Innovation Workshop will be held, connecting Run4Life technology developers and fertiliser producers directly with end-users that their technologies and products are being developed for.

For more information about the programme and registration visit the Run4Life Green Week page.