Research team of Universitat de València has studied during the last two decades the following wastewater treatment processes: biological nutrient removal, primary sludge fermentation, anaerobic sludge digestion, and phosphorus recovery. During the last years, the research has been focused on the study of submerged anaerobic membrane bioreactor technology (SAnMBR) and the feasibility assessment to treat urban wastewater at ambient temperature. This research line also includes effluent post-treatment technologies and maximization of resources recovery (organic matter, nutrients and water reclamation): biological nutrient removal using methane as carbon and energy source, and nutrient recovery by microalgae cultivation (as renewable energy resource).
The research is addressed by experimental studies mainly at pilot-scale for comprehensive process modelling. Technology transference to Industry is carried out in collaboration with the UPV research group (also Associated Beneficiary of this project). Besides the consultancy assistance through different contracts, several patents have been developed: an automatic parameter calibration equipment (BioCalibra); a wastewater treatment system based on SAnMBR technology; and a nitrification-denitrification processes control system. Also in collaboration with the UPV research group, a plant wide simulator software (DESASS) has been developed. This software is continuously upgraded with the new developments made by the research group. Finally, the research group is the leader of a consortium on SAnMBR technology, titled Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor for Recovery of Energy and Resources to achieve Sustainable Water Reuse, under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water Action Group, approved by the EC.
More info about: The CalAgua research team.
Universitat de València (UV) is a multidisciplinary university, wich conducts its research in multiple areas of knowledge. UV also offers a number of Singular Resources or Structures with highly specialized staff and equipment, to give support services to R & D taking place in public or private entities. Universitat de València’s mission is to train competent professionals at European level and encourage prestigious research with international impact contributing to the development of our society.
The specific area of activity related to water resources and environmental problems of water at the Universitat de València, is developed by the Departament of Chemical Engineering, this departament has differents investigation groups, one of them is CALAGUA (Quality of Water)
This research group has a main purpose, the application and the transfer of all the outcomes, the technical advices on the design, operation and optimization of the industrial or urban WWTP, to the industrial sector.
XXI century: From wastewater to Resource Source
Towards a new paradigm based on sustainability, where wastewater now turns into a source of energy, nutrients and simultaneously, a water resource suitable for reuse.
In this context, LIFE MEMORY project targets for the sustainable production of reusable water demonstrating the feasibility of an innovative technology: the Submerged Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (SAnMBR).