Murcia, Spain, 11/13/2017
REMEB is completing field tests to validate its new advanced wastewater treatment ceramic MBR
The REMEB project team, as part of its biannual meeting programme, has met last week in Murcia at the headquarters of the Sanitation and Purification Entity of the Region of Murcia (ESAMUR), where the REMEB eco-friendly ceramic membrane bioreactor is being tested.
The project is currently in its validation phase and the REMEB MBR is installed in Aledo, Murcia, where trials are being carried out to test and optimise the system’s performance. Though much work remains to be done for optimising performance and reducing production costs, results are rather encouraging and the research team is confident about reaching its main goal of introducing a cost efficient ceramic MBR into the market. The Remeb MBR’s differentiating value is that the raw material used for producing the membranes is derived from agro-industrial wastes, constituting the product environment friendly and in line with circular economy targets. At the same time it aims to constitute a cheaper and more practical alternative treatment method for municipal and industrial WWTPs to currently available technologies.
Aledo WWTP represents an ideal site as a project test bed, since it is situated in a water scarce region where the main economic activity of the surroundings is agriculture. Water reuse is therefore much needed and beneficial. It should be noted that Murcia, among the provinces most affected by the drought in Spain, is one of the leading regions in water reuse in Europe, recycling more than 95% of its wastewater.
The initiative is co-financed by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement no. 641998, is composed of 11 international partners: FACSA (Spain, project leader), ITC-UJI (Spain), IMECA PROCESS (Spain), ATLANTIS Consulting Cyprus, BIOWATER (Norway), the Valencia Region Council of Chambers of Commerce, IPROMA (Spain), CENTRO CERAMICO (Italy), SAM (Turkey), Universidad Antonio Nariño (Colombia) and ESAMUR(Spain).