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Final infoday of Life-ANADRY project

On February 26, the final infoday of LIFE ANADRY project will be held in the auditorium of the Murcia Science Park. The main results of the LIFE ANADRY project will be presented where experts will talk about sludge management, dry anaerobic digestion, circular economy and biogas valorisation.

On this day, the final results will be presented after 42 months of project, which allowed the design and construction of a pre-industrial dry anaerobic digestion plant, which has been operating under mesophilic and thermophilic conditions in the WWTP of Alguazas (Murcia).

This day will also bring together various stakeholders involved in sludge management and will make it possible to publicize new management alternatives in small / medium-sized WWTPs.

The LIFE-ANADRY project (ENV / ES / 000524) entitled "Dry anaerobic digestion as an alternative for the management and treatment of WWTP sludge" has been co-financed by the European Union within the LIFE program.

The project has been coordinated by the company Depura de Aguas del Mediterráneo (DAM) and the wastewater treatment and purification entity of the region of Murcia (ESAMUR), the Ceit-IK4 technology center, the Engineering and Development company participate as partners. Renewables (INDEREN) and Euro-Mediterranean information System on Know-how in the Water Sector (SEMIDE). This event will be in Spanish.


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26 de febrero 2019

Salón de actos, Parque científico de Murcia. Ctra. de Madrid Km 388 – Complejo de Espinardo. Edificio S – 30100 Espinardo (Murcia).[...]

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LIFE-ANADRY Concludes its Final Technical Meeting and Visit 2019

Organised by the project coordinator Depuración Aguas del Mediterraneo S.L. (DAM) and ESAMUR, Life-ANADRY project consortium held their last technical meeting on 22nd January 2019 in Murcia. The meeting was joined by the project officer Manuel Montero Ramírez from the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission. The participants discussed the technical aspects of the project and they presented the promising results of the project and the potential transferability opportunities. Finally, the partners briefly discussed the planning for the final infoday which will take place in Murcia by the end of February 2019. The meeting also included a visit to the LIFE-ANADRY demonstration site in Alguazas, Murcia.


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LIFE-ANADRY: Final Technical Meeting and Monitoring Visit 2019

Organised by the project coordinator Depuración Aguas del Mediterraneo S.L. (DAM), Life-ANADRY project consortium will hold their last technical meeting on 22nd January 2019 in Murcia. During the meeting the Project Officer and all partners will discuss the technical aspects of the project and the main results of the project and the planning for the final meeting which will take place in Murcia next month. The meeting will also include a visit to the LIFE-ANADRY prototype in Alguazas, Murcia.

During the meeting, partners will discuss the main results and the most relevant conclusions of the operation and monitoring of the prototype. They will also show the most relevant results about the dissemination and networking activities carried out during the project.

LIFE-ANADRY partners are collaborating to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the correct environmental management of sludge in medium to small sized wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in order to transfer the outcomes obtained to other areas with similar problems, at national and international levels.

During the development of the project, several technical actions have been conducted: design and construction of the prototype, start-up of the prototype and the study under thermophilic conditions. Now, the project is finalising the implementation of prototype under mesophilic conditions and conducting technical and economic feasibility studies and transferability actions to other WWTPs.[...]

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LIFE ANADRY at the 6th Spanish Red Composting Conference

LifeANADRY , LIFEPROGRAMME , lifeproject , wastewater , circular economy , WWTP

During 14-16 November 2018, the 6th Spanish Red Composting Conference ‘6as Jornadas Red Española de Compostaje 2018’ was held at the Bancaja Foundation of with the slogan: "Integrated management of organic waste, starting the circular economy in society ". The Network is an association that integrates the activities related to the R + D + i of the sustainable management of organic waste developed in Spain by universities, technology centres and companies. Since 2008, it has organized conferences with the aim of sharing the advances and best practices of  different agents involved in the management of organic waste. This year's conference had the objective of analysing different perspectives of the integral use of waste as an essential requirement to achieve and implement a true circular economy model where Life-ANADRY was presented by Ceit-IK4 and DAM. For more information, check the official website (in Spanish).[...]

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LIFE ANADRY at MED'Agri 2018

Organised by the Regional Chamber of Agriculture in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and a multi-sector committee on 16 - 18  October 2018 in Avignon, France, the MED'Agri faire was entirely dedicated to the agricultural production and the agri-technology.

A lot of showcase of innovative techniques were presented during the event. MED'Agri is aimed at professionals of all the agricultural production sectors and farmers and in particular those represented in the South of the France: market gardening, arboriculture, viticulture, olive growing, breeding and also horticulture, beekeeping, truffle, aromatic and fragrant plants, etc. Life-ANADRY project was presented at a dedicated stand by SEMIDE on the possible use of the refined sludge as a fertlizer. Check out Life-ANADRY poster.

For further information about the event, check the official website.


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The LIFE ANADRY Project culminated successfully the workshop about management of urban waste and circular economy

The Department of Environment and Hydraulic Works of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa participated in the Life ANADRY Conference "Management of urban waste and circular economy: initiatives and challenges" organized by Ceit-IK4 on 18 October 2018 in Donostia / San Sebastián. The meeting brought together various agents involved in waste management and it addressed issues such as sludge management and it also presented new technologies for the circular management of urban waste. The presentation of the seminar was given by the Deputy for the Environment, José Ignacio Asensio, the President of Ceit-IK4, José María Rodríguez-Ibabe and the Director of the Water and Health Division of Ceit-IK4, Enrique Aymerich.


José Ignacio Asensio, Regional Deputy of Environmental and Hydraulic in Gipuzkoa, explained that the Department wants to move forward in the direction of improving the environment, promoting the circular economy and seeking mitigation and adaptation to climate change. He also pointed out that "Gipuzkoa has achieved a breakthrough with selective collection, now it is time to make waste new raw materials to create wealth and employment". In this regard, he pointed out that, with initiatives such as the recycling cluster and the infrastructure of the Environmental Complex of Gipuzkoa, which will start operating in 2019, "in Gipuzkoa we should aspire to double size of the recycling sector to reach 10,000 jobs " Asensio concluded his remarks by making a call to the society of Gipuzkoa and to companies in the sector to join forces and transform waste and climate change into opportunities for creating wealth and employment in a more sustainable Gipuzkoa.


The President of Ceit-IK4 stressed in his speech about the management of urban solid waste and sludge generated in urban wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) faces significant challenges to adapt to the circular economy model as demanded by the European Union. The event presented innovative technological solutions that arise from the cooperation between industry, administration and technology centers. The management of urban solid waste (MSW) and sludge generated in urban WWTPs have major challenges in the framework of the circular economy according to the guidelines set by the European Union in recent years. The adaptation to this new context, where waste is valued as a source of resources, involves the adoption of technological solutions that allow the recovery of energy or materials from such waste in a viable and sustainable manner.


The Director of the Environment, Mónica Pedreira, framed her presentation on the Gipuzkoa Klima 2050 strategy to combat climate change. In line with the European objectives in this area, it is aimed to reduce 40% of emissions, achieve a 27% use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency in this same percentage, all before the year 2030. These challenges will require major efforts, but the fight against climate change must also be seen as an opportunity to boost the circular economy. The Regional Director stated that throughout these years, there has been a lot of work in terms of recycling, from percentages below 20% at the beginning of the year 2000 to an improvement close to 50%, at the moment. What was buried a few years ago in landfills is now recycled, such as organic matter that is nowadays composted and in the very near future will be used as recovered energy.


Pedreira also spoke about the new Waste Management Plan of Gipuzkoa (PIGRUG 2019-2030), which aims to close the cycle of recycling and waste recovery, setting 70% as a goal to be achieved. (LINK)


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Conference on urban waste management and circular economy: Challenges & Initiatives

The management of urban solid waste and the generated sludge in urban treatment plants face important challenges in the framework of the circular economy according to the guidelines set in the European Union in recent years. The adaptation to this new context, where waste is valued as a source of resources, goes through the adoption of technological solutions to recover energy or materials in a viable and sustainable manner. This conference brings together public-private actors involved in the management of sludge and urban solid waste where it shows innovative technological solutions that arise from the close collaboration between industry, administration and technology centers or universities. The event will be in Spanish. For further information, check the offficial website of the event.

❗Free registrations with a completed application

  18 October

 Donostia / San Sebastiá[...]

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New Article (in Spanish): LIFE-ANADRY project: evaluation of a pre-industrial dry digestion prototype for the treatment of urban WWTP sludge

Life+ , LIFEPROGRAMME , edar
M. Esteban-Gutiérrez1,2, E. Aymerich1,2, J. Garcia-Aguirre1,2, L. Pastor3, J.E. Sánchez-Ramírez3, S. Doñate3, C. Lardín4, R. Romaguera5
1.- Ceit, Manuel Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia / San Sebastián, (Spain). 
2.- Universidad de Navarra, Tecnun, Manuel Lardizabal 13, 20018 Donostia / San Sebastián, (Spain).
3.- Depuración de Aguas del Mediterráneo (DAM). Avenida Benjamín Franklin, 21. 46980 Parque Tecnológico, Paterna, Valencia (Spain).
4.- Entidad de Saneamiento de la Región de Murcia (ESAMUR). Complejo de Espinardo - Ctra. N-301 C/Santiago Navarro, 4 1a Planta 30.100 Espinardo, Murcia (Spain). 
5.- Ingeniería y Desarrollos Renovables (INDEREN). Av. Artal de Foces, 46290 Alcàsser, València (Spain).
Artículo publicado en el XIII Congreso de META 2018 en León
En este trabajo se presentan los resultados de la implantación de la digestión anaerobia seca como alternativa de tratamiento para lodos de estaciones depuradoras de aguas residuales (EDAR) urbanas que no cuentan con digestión anaerobia. Estos resultados están enmarcados dentro del proyecto europeo LIFE-ANADRY (ENV/ES/000524), cuyo objetivo es demostrar la viabilidad técnica, económica y ambiental de la tecnología de digestión seca en EDAR urbanas de tamaño mediano y/o pequeño (<100.000 hab. eq.).
Concretamente, este estudio recoge la evaluación de la operación de un prototipo pre-industrial de 20 m3, cuyo diseño permite la mezcla completa de lodo deshidratado y que cuenta con una caldera dual para el aprovechamiento del biogás. Se ha evaluado la implementación de la digestión seca en temperatura mesófila (35oC) y termófila (55oC), bajo condiciones de operación distintas en relación a la carga orgánica volumétrica (COV) y el tiempo de retención (TR).
En línea con los objetivos del proyecto, se ha valorado el rendimiento del proceso en términos de eliminación de materia volátil, producción de biogás y metano, y en términos de higienización, cuestiones clave para demostrar la viabilidad de la alternativa planteada.
Es destacable que el seguimiento del prototipo LIFE-ANADRY refleja rendimientos superiores operando en rango mesófilo de temperatura a un TR de 20 días, lo que indica una mejora considerable respecto a la operación a 55oC.
Asimismo, se ha comprobado la higienización del lodo obtenido en términos de eliminación de E. coli y Salmonella spp., contemplados en la Orden AAA/1072/2013.  (ENLACE)


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LIFE ANADRY at SWAT5 conference

wastewater , sewage , Innovation , anaerobic digestion , LIFEPROGRAMME , LifeANADRY , SWAT5

The 5th International Conference on Small and Decentralized Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants (SWAT5) took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, from August 26 to August 29, 2018. The conference was organized by the Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Division of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Food Technology Department and Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki.

The main conference goal was to present the best drinking water and/or wastewater treatment techniques, especially those related to small municipalities, communities, settlements, hotels or industrial plants, based on environmental, financial, technical and social criteria such as our project Life-ANADRY.

Life-ANADRY was presented in the conference during the posters session by UT SEMIDE. The main participants of the conference were representing the scientific community such as professionals, researchers, engineers and environmentalists. For more information, please check the official website.


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