This month Run4Life held its consortium meeting in the city of Ghent, Belgium, close to project demo-site De Nieuwe Dokken (picture on the left). This time the programme started on Monday December 2nd with a workshop on the Legal and Regulatory aspects of resource recovery from domestic wastewater, with contributions from partners and external stakeholders. At the end of the day, the workshop participants were given the opportunity to see the resource recovery system implemented at the demo site. A report on this Legal and Regulatory Framework Workshop, with a selection of the presentations available for download, can be found here.
On Tuesday and Wednesday the project’s biannual General Assembly was held, in which all Run4Life partners participated. It was kicked off with a Stakeholder Engagement Panel session, in which the participants clearly illustrated the process and the actors involved in realising the innovative resource recovery system in Ghent and the redevelopment area as a whole. The remaining time of the GA, the different work package leaders presented an overview of the project activities and discussed the upcoming work. On Wednesday those partners that did not participate on Monday had the opportunity of a demo-site visit, and they were joined by the Project officer.
An informative breakfast workshop was held on Thursday 14th of November 2019 in Centro de Negocios Porto do Molle (Nigrán). The Run4Life project partners of Aqualia, Zona Franca de Vigo, WE&B and USC had the opportunity to give feedback regarding the inputs generated in the previous workshops (held in 2018 and 2019) that had been implemented together with the Vigo stakeholders. During this workshop the local authorities and media representatives participated by giving their opinion about the project. After a brief explanation of the project and a round of discussion, the participants had the chance to see the pilot plant in operation in the Zona Franca de Vigo building in Porto do Molle. This event took place in the framework of the activities of the project which aim to analyse the social dimensions of resource recovery and the decentralisation of domestic wastewater in each of the four pilot sites.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week the Run4Life website was announced within the consortium, and now it is officially live!
Important website updates will be announced through LinkedIn and Twitter, but feel free to regularly visit the website to learn more about the project and to stay updated on its progress, latest publications, and upcoming events.