The REWAISE consortium presents its advances during the 2nd Review Meeting

Last 29th and 30th of November, the REWAISE work package leaders and our coordinator travelled to Denia to hold the 2nd Review Meeting of the project. This meeting had the goal of explaining all of REWAISE’s advances to our Project Officer (the designated person of the European Commission to follow our work) and two external reviewers.

During these two days, each WP leader explained everything they have been working on since the 1st Review Meeting, which took place on May 2022, to meet the project objectives and milestones.

Some of the advances include: the combined urine diverting and dehydrating unit to recover nitrogen at VA SYDs head office in Malmoe (Sweden) and the first large-scale demo of rain and stormwater filtration and reuse within the Swedish Living Lab.

Regarding the Mediterranean hub, advances consist on high-quality drinking water with around 15% lower pressure with use of biomimetic Membranes, as well as materials recovery from desalination brines. And within the Atlantic hub, new solutions such as the Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor in Vigo or the Organics Thermal Ammonia Recovery Unit are being commissioned, to analyse the benefits of each technology in resource recovery. Furthermore, new digital tools have been deployed to monitor water quality in reservoirs and optimize networks and treatment plants.

The rest of Work Packages showed all the work carried out too, for example, in terms of the sustainability of the project, as all these developments are being closely monitored with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) have been defined to measure the efficiency of water recovery, energy balance or carbon footprint, and quantify the improvements in sustainability and affordability. In addition, market studies for the solutions developed within the project have been completed and the go-to-market strategy is being implemented with the technology providers.

Regarding the stakeholder engagement and the progress of the different Living Labs, it is worth mentioning the swift progress achieved in the Midlands and Skane Living Labs setting up competency groups for wastewater management and reuse. Many capacity building activities have been carried out, fully tailored to the identified needs in the previous period.

All of the scientific and project-related results have been widely communicated and disseminated.

After a critical analysis of progress by the Project Officer and the external reviewers, a visit to the desalination plant located in Denia (Spain) was facilitated by Aqualia, the project coordinator, to show the many test facilities for membranes, pre-treatment or brine recovery in this research platform.