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NEREUS

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New Energy and REsources from Urban Sanitation

Priority Axis

Resource Efficient Economy

Specific objective

Circular Economy

Lead partner

VITO NV

Begindatum

13/07/2017

Einddatum

31/12/2021

Project budget

7 007 864

ERDF amount

3 394 737

ERDF rate

48%

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    Common challenge

    The NEREUS project will tackle the common 2SEAS area challenges by boosting further the development of green economy and transforming wastewater into a valuable source of water, resources (eg cellulose, nutrients), and energy that could be reused.
    More specifically, due to climate change, water scarcity is increasingly problematic resulting in a growing need to reuse wastewater. Finite nutrients such as phosphorus are crucial for agriculture and currently not recovered from wastewater. As a result, these resources cannot be reused in a meaningful manner (e.g. as fertilizer). Wastewater also contains energy / heat that could be used as a sustainable source of energy in order to reduce CO2 emissions. Although there is a growing conviction that future arrangements for the treatment of wastewater should be based on the principles of a circular economy, and although the technology is available, decision makers are still hesitant to make use of them due to the lack of practical evidence.

    Main Achievements

    Since the end of 2017, the NEREUS partners have been working on the establishment of wastewater as a valuable source of water, nutrients and energy. They have initiated demos for relevant technologies and are using the information obtained in these demos to feed and develop strategies and tools to support implementation.

    In 2019, a lot of progress was reported on the demo cases. Some reached their goals, while many others are reaching the final stages before being fully operational at steady state. 

    PP5 has spent the past year looking for a way to optimize sludge treatment, by modifying their installation on the one hand and mixing in different types and ratios of lime on the other hand. Experiments have been finalized and a new procedure has been implemented, resulting in dried sludge that is eligible for and made available to reuse on local farmlands. In December, the NEREUS partners as well as press and students were invited to discover the new installation. 

    After the closure of Uit Je Eigen Stad in Rotterdam earlier this year, the PP8 pilot is now fully operational at its new location in Delft. The processes for using cellulose as a C-source have been finalized and plans for large-scale implementation (outside the scope of the NEREUS project) are already being forged, while the remaining processes in this pilot are close to optimization.

    In Ghent, construction works on the first phase of Nieuwe Dokken were finished and the vacuum system for the toilets was installed in the Melopee municipal building. While the pilot was planned to be operational in November, an unforeseen water leak caused damages to the school building and set the planning back a few months. Only when the school is operational, due in March 2020, will there be enough wastewater to start the installation. Earlier in the year, however, students from Ghent University already successfully implemented the technology in The Mobble, a project realized for the Solar Decathlon competition in Hungary. 

    During 2019, PP3 initiated a new small-scale demo at an employee’s house that has already received some attention from the press. 

    In the UK, finally, PP7 has finished its lab trials on nutrient recovery and is working on its final report. As an extension of their demo, however, they’ve also used the past project year to lay the foundations for a new series of lab trials, focused on water reuse. A lab has been built at Brighton University and will be operational in the spring of 2020.

    Partnership

    Partners

    DuCoop CVBA

    Waterlink

    HZ University of Applied Sciences

    Communauté d’agglomération du Pays De Saint Omer

    University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation

    Southern Water Services Ltd

    Evides Industriewater B.V.

    Outputs

    Theme
    Type
    Target
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    01/01/2019

    A decentral wastewater plant to recover nutrients and cellulose in Rotterdam and Den Hoorn/Delft (NL)

    Thema: Circular economy - Water management
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Environmental agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - Water management organisations
    01/01/2019

    A decentral wastewater installation that recovers water from wastewater in Rotterdam and Den Hoorn (Delft)

    Thema: Circular economy - Water management
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Environmental agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - Water management organisations
    01/01/2019

    A decentral waste water installation that recovers energy from waste water in Rotterdam and Den Hoorn/Delft (NL)

    Thema: Circular economy - Water management
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Environmental agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - Water management organisations
    28/02/2019

    Test site for treatment of mixed sludge

    Thema: Circular economy - Water management
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Environmental agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - Water management organisations