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LIFE-ANADRY Technical Meeting and Monitoring Visit 2018

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Organised by the project coordinator Depuración Aguas del Mediterraneo S.L. (DAM), Life-ANADRY project consortium will hold a technical meeting on 13th April 2018 in Alguazas, Murcia in order to discuss the progress of the project and its planned activities for the coming months. The meeting will also include a visit to the LIFE-ANADRY prototype and joined by Patricia Serrano representing Neemo.

During the meeting, partners will discuss the main results obtained so far and the most relevant conclusions of the operation and monitoring of the prototype. Also, the consortium will show the most relevant results about the dissemination plan and the networking activities carried out so far.

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, which will be followed by technical and economic feasibility studies and transferability actions which are expected to end next year, February 2019.[...]

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The Beginning of the Final Phases of Life-ANADRY Project

Life+ , LifeANADRY , Sludge Management , anaerobic digestion , WWTP
During the development of Life-ANADRY 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 begins its final phases (implementation of mesophilic conditions, technical and economic feasibility studies and transferbility) which are expected to end next year, February 2019.

So far, the results obtained under the thermophilic conditions (55°C) are promising. It has been proved that it is possible to treat dehydrated sludge with a percentage of approximately 15% of dry matter while obtaining a digestate completely sanitized in terms of E.coli and Salmonella. In addition, generating biogas, which can be usable as energy source, was achieved. However, it has been found that the main challenge when working on thermophilic conditions is the high concentration of ammonium (NH4) into the digester, which causes an increase in the concentration of free ammonia (NH3) due to the working conditions.

Currently, the prototype is operating in mesophilic conditions. During this period, the influence of the organic load on the yield of the process, in terms of biogas production, stabilization and hygienization of the obtained sludge will be studied.

LIFE-ANADRY project aims to reduce the environmental impacts by reducing CO2 emissions, increasing sludge stability, improving sludge quality and sanitation, and promoting its use as a safe fertilizer.



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DAM (Depuración de Aguas del Mediterráneo) participated at the International Fair for Efficient Water Management which took place on November 29-30th 2017 in Valencia, to present several research projects -including Life-ANADRY- to show the studies of Integral Management and Recovery of sewage sludge and waste water.
The presentation ceremony took place today, Thursday, November 30, in room 4F of the Feria Valencia Events Center. It was attended by the Chair Director, Alberto Bouzas and with the collaboration of Dr. Millán Millán Muñoz, Director Emeritus of the Center for Environmental Studies of the Mediterranean - CEAM, who offered a keynote on the Water Cycle in the Iberian Peninsula and Cuenca Western Mediterranean: Keys and Clues on the Current Situation.

At Efiaqua, DAM presented the conclusions of the PHORWater project and the results obtained in the Life-ANADRY project. Life-ANADRY is studying the technical feasibility of carrying out the dry anaerobic digestion process or high solids loading in medium and small wastewater treatment plants. The process allows the stabilization of sludge and the recovery of energy in WWTPs in which it was not possible until now.
According to the progress of the work, our project will offer an innovative solution that allows to obtain a stabilized product, sanitized and suitable for its application in agriculture. It also allows to obtain biogas that can be used as an energy source in the purification plant itself. For further information (link).[...]

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Life-ANADRY at VII jornada de lodos UB

The Environmental Biotechnology Group of the UB is organizing the Seventh Edition of the Seminar on Management and Treatment of sludge from EDAR (LODOS 2017), scheduled for November 22 of this year. The program is structured in four sessions that address various current issues in the sector. The first is dedicated to the recovery of waste resources, an issue that fully affects the concept of circular economy and has numerous areas of application in the operation and design of WWTPs. It contains four papers chosen from the many that have been presented and that show interest in this field. A second session, with three presentations, focuses on the possibilities of improving the anaerobic digestion process, which, despite the years of this technology, does not cease to introduce innovations aimed at increasing biogas production. It is followed by the third session that includes other novel treatments and ways of valuing the sludge, also with three contributions. The afternoon sessions are basically focused on the application of sludge in agriculture and complementary technologies. They are structured in two parts a and b, with a total of six papers. It is in this area where most proposals have been received and show that, not in vain, this is the majority destination of sludge, with about 80% of all uses. In any case, the program that the Technical Committee has drawn up on the basis of the numerous requests received, has tried to balance the different topics, which would be very extensive for a longer Conference. However, the limitation imposed by the duration of a single day has made the selection work arduous and in any case it is expected to fulfill the expectations as it has been happening throughout the previous editions. The organizing committee wishes that this Seminar will again serve as a framework for the meeting of the different professionals involved in this sector of wastewater treatment and also serves as a forum for the discussion of this topic as well as related ones, also of interest for the sector.

Life-ANADRY project will be presented by DAM at the event (link) (11:45 am)[...]

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A delegation from the Government of Tunisia visits the LIFE-ANADRY project at the Alguazas WWTP in Murcia

On July 18, the Sanitation Entity of the Region of Murcia (ESAMUR) organised a visit with a delegation from the Government of Tunisia to different treatment plants in the region of Murcia in order to publicize treatment facilities, processes and projects currently undergoing in the Region.

The delegation was composed of 11 people who represent members of different areas of the cabinet of the government of Tunisia.


One of the projects which were visited was the LIFE-ANADRY project, which is being carried out at the Alguazas water treatment plant (Murcia) of which ESAMUR is a project partner.
During the visit, the members of the Tunisian delegation have shown interest in knowing the operation of the system and the general objectives of the project. ESAMUR explained the importance of this type of projects, which allow to increase the knowledge in new processes and to build increasingly efficient systems.
The LIFE ANADRY project develops a technology on a semi-industrial scale of dry anaerobic digestion, which allows to manage adequately the sludge produced in the medium or small size WWTPs.
Project Objectives

The main objective of the project is to maximize the production of biogas and obtain a sludge with a degree of stabilization and sanitation suitable for use in agriculture.
The project is led by the company Depuración de Aguas del Mediterráneo (DAM) and the Wastewater Treatment and Sanitation Authority of the Region of Murcia (ESAMUR), the Ceit-IK4 Technology Center, the company Ingeniería y Desarrollos Renovables (INDEREN) and Euro-Mediterranean information system on Know-how in the Water Sector (SEMIDE).

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