agua industrial

Description

Development and optimization of advanced technologies for the treatment and resource recovery of wastewater and organic waste from a circular economy point-of-view, by means of lab- to industrial-scale experimentation, mathematical modelling and simulation tools. Activity is applied to industrial sector (agrofood, paste&paper, oil&gas, pharmaceutical&sanitary) and urban sector (sewage water and solid waste).

Research lines

The group's R&D activities combine experimental work at all levels with simulation, using mathematical models of the processes under study. This allows us to use our broad experience in numerous aspects:

  • Recovery of compounds from wastewater and sewage. Solutions for recovering value added compounds (fatty acids, nutrients, etc.) and capturing CO2 via micro-algae, etc.
  • Treatment of emerging contaminants in wastewater. Development of technological solutions for measuring and eliminating emerging contaminants from wastewater, sludge and sewage that use both physical-chemical (membrane filtration, catalytic ozonation, Fenton, UV) and biological processes (enzymatic techniques).
  • Water network simulators for industry. Mathematical modeling and simulation for diagnosing and optimizing industrial water flows related to process water and wastewater.
  • Advanced biological treatment of wastewater using various systems: DN, SRB, MBR, biofilm, PN/Anammox.
  • Biological treatment of sewage sludge and municipal solid waste: biomethanization (dry and wet), ATAD, composting.
  • Development of complete WWTP simulators and consultancy studies. Diagnosis of plant status, design and operation, optimization and controller installation.

Equipment

The Water and Health Division that the group belongs to has a fully equipped analytical laboratory, a biotechnology laboratory and a pilot plant laboratory that has the following equipment:

  • HP-6890 chromatograph (GC-TCD)
  • Agilent 6890 N chromatograph (GC-FID)
  • Thermo Scientific Helios UV-visible spectrophotometer
  • Merck Nova 60 photometer
  • Soxhlet Buchi B-811 extraction unit
  • Selecta Meditronic BL-S and Centromix S-549 centrifuges
  • Telstar laminar flow cabinet
  • Raypa AES-75 autoclave
  • Equipment for biochemical methane potential (BMP) testing
  • Equipment for OUR, NUR, AUR and micro-algae batch testing
  • Pilot scale automated anaerobic fermenter (50 l)
  • Pilot scale dry anaerobic digestion reactor (300 l)
  • Pilot scale struvite precipitation reactor (100 l)
  • Rotating drum composting pilot plant (2 x 150 l)
  • SBR-IFAS pilot plant (50 l)
  • Equipment for testing aeration systems (diffuser transfer, off-gas analysis)

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