ACCIONA Agua, will apply advanced system control to the wastewater plants to also reduce the greenhouse gases emission and the wastewater recalcitrant pollutants. The project will be replicated in every wastewater treatment plants.The project will be replicable in every wastewater plants.
The main objective of the BRAINYMEM project is to demonstrate that Membrane Biological Reactor (MBR) technology with an advanced control system is the best available technology for wastewater treatment, in terms of environmental impact and effluent quality.The proposed approach involves experimentation in a MBR pilot plant, representative of full-scale conditions, whose aeration (biological and membrane) will be controlled via a novel advanced control system.
1. To control both the membrane air scouring and the biological aeration with a novel advanced control system that will allow the reduction of air consumption (i.e. energy consumption) and the production of greenhouse gases (NOx and CO2). This will contribute to the compliance of the European Climate Change Programme (ECCP).
2. To enhance trace organic pollutant removal and to increase sludge filterability (when needed) by means of including flux-enhancer dosing, controlled by the advanced control system, to the activated sludge of the plant. This objective will contribute to the accomplishment of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) by helping in the achievement of a good ecological and chemical status of all Community Water by 2015.
3. To transfer the acquired knowledge to stakeholders by means of specific education and dissemination strategies and platforms as well as recommendations to policy makers.
Development and Implementation
Advanced control system development and implementation.The control system will be developed by ACCIONA AGUA.
An analytical campaign for trace organics pollutants is needed to demonstrate the removal efficiency achieved by the pilot plant after flux-enhancers dosing compared to the removal efficiency without dosage
The novel technologies proposed in this project will be demonstrated in the demonstration plant (144 m3/d, 60 m3) for water reclamation that ACCIONA AGUA has in Almuñécar (Granada, Spain).
Monitoring of the impact of the project action.
Monitoring is divided into two actions:
Communication and Dissemination Actions.
Project results will be presented in different forums and conferences.
In addition, ACCIONA AGUA will organize one workshop where different public water agencies and utilities will be invited to inform them of the progress of the demonstration and the benefits of the technology.
Moreover, detailed information on the project will be publicly available in the project web page, including Technical Publications, Leaflets & Brochures and Layman’s report.
To broaden the audience of these materials, the project will be advertised in ACCIONA AGUA’s web page.
Project Management and Monitoring of the project progress.
The objective is to make possible the adequate coordinating organisation of the project, necessary:
Another important objective of the project is to improve the removal of the so-called emerging pollutants. This category includes compounds such us pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, etc., that are not efficiently removed using conventional treatment. Although these compounds are generally present in very low concentrations (in the order of micrograms or nanograms per litre) and they do not reach the drinking water distribution networks at relevant concentrations, they may be harmful for the aquatic ecosystems. Within the BRAINYMEM project, ACCIONA Agua will investigate the effectiveness of the dosage of innocuous compounds in the removal of emerging pollutants, with the objective of improving their elimination.
The project started the 1st of July of 2014 and it will be finalised by the 30th of June of 2017.The budget for the LIFE-BRAINYMEM project is
July 1, 2014
July 1, 2014
November 17, 2014
December 26, 2014
January 31, 2015
June 30, 2017
Activity in progress