This project is funded by Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021, under Grant Agreement no. 27/2020

Programme: Research RO-02 operated by UEFISCDI

Funding: 1.147.010,00 euro

Timeframe: 2020-2023 

Granular activated algae technology for wastewater treatment and resources recovery

Code: RO-NO-2019-0691

Acronym: GRAALrecovery

 

 

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Key target:

the demonstration of the granular activated algae technology functionality and ecological/environmental and economic benefits in real environmental conditions

Establishing the Technical Specifications of the Technology

The laboratory experiments will cover all the relevant aspects to provide the necessary basis for obtaining the engineering specifications and the operational parameters for the technology demonstration.

GRAALrecovery Technology Prototype Validation

A prototype will be developed and tested to validate GRAALrecovery technology in terms of treatment performance, resource recovery potential, and economic & environmental impact.

Project Impact Evaluation

Performing a multi-criteria analysis comparing with competitive technologies.

Resources Recovery Assessment

The project presents an integrated approach toward a wastewater treatment system with increased resource recovery potential by evaluating water reuse and excess biomass resources recovery possibilities. A guideline for water reuse options will be provided depending on the effluent's quality and reuse requirements.

The GRAALrecovery project aimed to develop alternative biotechnology for wastewater treatment based on the use of granular mixed microalgae-bacteria consortium following technology development and demonstration outside laboratory border to answer to the multiple stringent environmental needs and to provide solutions to the conventional biological treatment processes.

The project entails the use of innovative technology, with the patented procedure of the microalgae-bacteria granulation, providing increased wastewater treatment performance with efficient granules separation only by simple and fast biomass settling overcoming as also the major barrier facing microalgae-based technology.

Integration of the wastewater treatment with resources recovery targeting the increase of the excess biomass value (microalgae nutrients uptake, carbohydrates,  lipids, proteins, pigments harnessing) and critical assessment of the effluent reuse options

 

Results exploitation to attain maximum post-project uptake of the technology and to accelerate the path to market

 

Research results dissemination and communication 

 

followed objectives:

 

Investigation of the operational parameters and their optimization to develop innovative biotechnology, targeting both wastewater treatment and resources recovery, based on the granular induced symbiotic system (microalgae-bacteria)

followed objectives:

Investigation of the operational parameters and their optimization to develop innovative biotechnology, targeting both wastewater treatment and resources recovery, based on the granular induced symbiotic system (microalgae-bacteria)

Validation of Granular activated algae technology for wastewater treatment in real environmental conditions.

activities