AquaNES will catalyze innovations in water and wastewater treatment processes and management through improved combinations of natural and engineered components.
The project focuses on 13 demonstration sites in Europe, India and Israel covering a representative range of regional, climatic, and hydro geological conditions. Among the demonstrated solutions are natural treatment processes such as bank filtration (BF), managed aquifer recharge (MAR) and constructed wetlands (CW) plus engineered pre- and post-treatment options
AquaNES specific objectives are
Microbial online-monitoring started in French and Swiss demo-sites
The 10th and 11th of July 2017, the BACTcontrol system from MicroLAN company has been installed to measure E. coli and total coliforms in the treated wastewater channel of Agon-Coutainville WWTP.
The BACTcontrol detects bacteria based on their specific enzymatic activity. The reaction they catalyse releases a fluorescence dye that can be quantified photometrically. In Agon-Coutainville this measurement will survey the variations in the water quality to eventually better assess the performance of the subsequent reed bed filtration and the impact on the groundwater.
Just a week later another device was commissioned in the Lange Erlen site. It online-monitors the total bacterial activity in the inflow to the advanced oxidation stage. Measurement of samples taken manually in the downstream processes can help assessing microbial bio-degradation in the soil systems.
Wadis technology received high-level political attention at innovation exhibition.
Riki Gafri, Wadis CEO, presented Wadis Water disinfection innovative technology to India Prime Minister Modi and Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Innovation exhibition (Tel-Aviv, 6 July 2017) .
Wadis was chosen by the Israeli Innovation Authority (IIA) as one of the six innovative companies to present its technology to the two prime ministers.
Wadis, develops and manufactures water and wastewater treatment systems by a unique patented high voltage electrical pulse discharge disinfection technology which is eco-friendly, chemical-free, and is not sensitive to turbidity.
Within AquaNES Wadis is testing its electrical pulse technology as oxidation process in the Shafdan demo-site. They will investigate its performance compared to established advanced oxidation processes as pre-treatment before soil infiltration. This may eventually allow them to develop new markets in the field of high quality water reuse application.
Learn more about the technology concept here.
Progress meeting at Polish demo-site
AquaNES partner Adam-Mickiewicz-University (AMU) hosted a two-day meeting on 22-23 June 2017 in Poznan (PL). Work package 1 partners discussed the results of the testing activities in their bank filtration demonstration sites. The group also spent a day in the field visiting the Debina and Mosina water production area and the water treatment works. Water abstracted from more than 300 wells is treated to drinking water quality. Also experts from social science and ecologists joined, to analyse on the spot the eco-system services provided by the system.
Project concept and co-ordination highlighted by Euresearch, the Swiss guide to European research and innovation
AquaNES is one of very few H2020 project co-ordinated by a Swiss institution. This is why the Euresearch gave the project the floor in there series of Success Stories. Euresearch is the Swiss network mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation providing targeted information, hands-on advice and transnational partnering related to European research and innovation programmes. The Success Story has been published on their website and promoted via social media, including a video on YouTube.
Dedicated working session on constructed wetland- based wastewater treatment solutions and half-annual consortium meeting held
The AquaNES month 12 meeting was held from 17-19 May 2017 at Santorini, in close neighborhood to two of the AquaNES demonstration sites. Next to update on the general project progress a particular focus was on the sites at Antiparos and Thirasia.
The wastewater of up to 2,000 inhabitants is treated in constructed wetland (CW) based processes. One combines CW with post-disinfection and is subsequently used for irrigation purposes. The other will apply photocatalytic pre-treatment before the CW followed by membrane filtration. During the AquaNES project meeting, the options for further plant optimisation were discussed with the Greek project partners and the local plant operators.
During Wasser Berlin from 28-31 March 2017, AquaNES partners promoted cNES approaches.
Several AquaNES partners (BWB, KWB, Akut and Xylem) were involved in the exhibition and scientific programme of Wasser Berlin. Daniel Sauter of partner BWB shared insights into two demonstration sites they are operating in the project:
Also the project coordinator Thomas Wintgens highlighted the project efforts to contribute to technological innovations in water reuse during his talk about “Municipal Waste Water Reuse in EU:Trends, markets, guidelines, engineered and natural solutions” at the Ozone Symposium on 29 March.
In September 2016 two new autonomous drinking water treatment stations manufactured by AUTARCON were shipped for pilot testing to India.
Both units are intended for long term field test operation and are designed to combine riverbank filtration (RBF) and inline-electrolytic chlorine production (ECl2). Their main target is to offer a more reliable and robust alternative for disinfection of water for drinking to existing conventional practices, especially for small scale and rural applications. This approach is supported by the fact that the units can be driven completely on solar energy and do not require any chemicals for operation.
The installation at both sites was conducted by AUTARCON staff together with the Indian partner Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan (UJS - Uttarakhand State Water Supply Organisation) and German partner Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTWD) with support from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. Installation was finalized by the end of September and start-up operation could be initiated.
The AquaNES Project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 689450
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