Actions and progress
The LIFE WIRE project was structured in 13 actions:
A.1: Preliminary steps: definition of the quality and variability of WWRP effluent to be distributed for industrial use and site selection.
Water quality data review of the effluent that the PT will have to treat. Selection and adaptation of the site for the PT installation.
Water quality and variability of Baix Llobregat WWRP (formerly named El Prat WWRP) effluent was reviewed in this action in order to define the baseline conditions of the water to be treated by the prototype. The site for the prototype installation was selected and site adaptation works were conducted.
The prototype was installed in El Baix Llobregat WWRP in October 2015, and the final site adaptation works were completely accomplished then.
B.1. Operation, monitoring and optimisation of the prototype, results’ integration and application in other industrial scenarios.
Establishment of most appropriate treatment scheme according to industrial end users specifications. Long term operation of the PT, monitoring performance and optimization. Integration of the project’s results and identification of potential end users.
The prototype plant was installed and was fully operative in the site selected of El Baix Llobregat WWRP. Monitoring and optimisation of the performance obtained was carried out periodically.
B.2. Design verification, construction, commissioning and technical assistance of the prototype.
Technical design, build-up, verification and technical assistance of the PT during operation.
The design, construction and installation of the prototype plant were completed (the prototype plant was fully commissioned in October 2015).
The prototype was able to operate under different treatment schemes, combining the three technologies studied (ultrafiltration (UF), carbon nanostructured material (CNM) and reverse osmosis (RO)), in order to produce different water qualities to meet the industrial requirements set for reuse.
Technical assistance was provided during all the operation period, from October 2015 until March 2017.
B.3, B.4 and B5. Technical and economic evaluation of implementing urban reclaimed water versus conventional water sources in the chemical, in the liquid waste disposal and electro-coating industry.
Definition of water qualities, demands and operational and costing information of industrial processes. Technical and economic evaluation of integrating the proposed treatment scheme within the industrial process.
B.3. The definition of baseline conditions for the comparison of implementing urban reclaimed water versus conventional water sources was conducted in the chemical industry during 2014.
The follow up of the prototype operation, performance and optimisation has been carried out until the end of the project. The technical and economic evaluation of implementing urban reclaimed water versus conventional water sources in the chemical industry was provided by the end of the project, based on the data obtained during the operation period.
B.4. The definition of baseline conditions for the comparison of implementing urban reclaimed water versus conventional water sources was conducted in the liquid waste disposal industry during 2014.
The follow up of the prototype operation, performance and optimisation has been carried out until the end of the project. The technical and economic evaluation of implementing urban reclaimed water versus conventional water sources in the liquid waste disposal industry was provided by the end of the project, based on the data obtained in all the operation period.
B.5. The definition of baseline conditions for the comparison of implementing urban reclaimed water versus conventional water sources, was conducted in the electro-coating industry during 2014.
The follow up of the prototype operation, performance and optimisation has been carried out until the end of the project. The technical and economic evaluation of implementing urban reclaimed water versus conventional water sources in the electro-coating industry was provided by the end of the project, based on the data obtained in all the operation period.
B.6. Assessment of the prototype water quality.
Chemical, physical and microbiological analysis.
Influent and effluent samples from the different units of the prototype were analysed frequently according to the analytical plan of the project (October 2015 – March 2017). Parameters to be analysed, frequencies and sampling points have been defined based on the requirements fixed by the industrial partners for water reuse. Physicochemical and microbiological parameters have been considered in the analytical plan in order to completely characterize the treated water produced.
B.7. Adaptation of urban reclamation practices to fulfil industrial water reuse needs.
Definition of Smart management strategies for a WWRP to assure industrial reclaimed water demands.
Some industrial sites close to the WWRP with demand on reclaimed water have been identified and a survey has been created in order to quantify the amount and variability of their water demand. The definition of Smart management practices for wastewater reclamation plants (WWRP) to assure industrial reclaimed water demands was completed.
C1. Monitoring of the effectiveness and the impact of the project actions.
Quantification of the effectiveness and the impact and benefits of the project actions.
Monitoring and impact indicators were defined and were assessed during the whole project.
D.1. Communication and dissemination, E.2. Networking with other projects, E.3. After-LIFE Communication plan.
Guarantee that LIFE WIRE outcomes reach a wider audience during and beyond the project’s life.
D.1. In terms of communication and dissemination, there were various tasks were carried out during the lifetime of the project, such as the definition of the communication plan, the creation of the visual identity of the project (logotype and templates) and the website, leaflet, notice board and brochure production. The project has been represented in different conferences and its results were disseminated in various articles published in in both general and technical media (view article on futurENVIRO).
Also, by the end of the project, a Layman’s Report was prepared and printed and a summary video was produced in three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.
E.2. During the lifetime of the project, several conferences have been attended:
- Jornada Técnica Nuevas tecnologías y avances en el Control e instrumentación de la calidad en aguas residuales y regeneradas (Oct. 2013 Barcelona, Spain)
- Jornada iAgua Reutilización del agua: ¿realidad o ficción? (May 2014 Madrid, Spain)
- AEDyR Conference on water reuse (Nov. 2014 Sevilla, Spain)
- Vanguardias en Ciencia y Tecnología para la Innovación en la Gestión del Agua (Sept. 2015 Madrid, Spain)
- La reutilización del Agua en el marco de la Economía Circular (May 2016 Madrid, Spain)
- EDS Desalination for the environment: clean water and energy (May 2016 Rome, Italy)
- LIFE networking meeting 2016 (May 2016 Manchester, UK)
- Demoware Water reuse conference: Innovation for a competitive water reuse sector (June 2016 Barcelona, Spain)
- LET 2016 (June 2016 Jerez de la Frontera, Spain)
- 1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Processing (September 2016 Sitges, Spain)
- IDA International Conference on Water Reuse and Recycling: Turning Vision into Reality (September 2016 Nice, France)
- Nano-materials and related membrane technologies for water (September 2016 Paris, France)
- Jornada técnica de proyectos LIFE: Agua, residuos y economía circular (November 2016 Manresa, Spain)
- Boosting reuse in the integral water cycle: jornada de networking LIFE WIRE (November 2016 Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain)
- International Conference on Membranes in Drinking and Industrial Water Production (February 2017 Leewarden, Holland)
E.3. The After Life communication plan was prepared in order to ensure a long-lasting impact of the project.
E.1. Project management.
Procedures to ensure correct implementation of the projects actions
This action mainly included follow-up meetings, contact with the stakeholders, management and coordination of the consortium and reporting to the European Commission.
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