Resource recovery through physical-chemical processes
The transition to a circular economy presents great opportunities for accelerating scientific and technological advances and achieving greater efficiency in the water and waste sector. Recovering the resources present in these streams yields a potential economic and environmental benefit by reducing costs through the recovery of materials, reducing energy use in order to obtain carbon neutral processes, decreasing the water footprint, and mitigating the risks associated with the appearance of precipitates, the emission of odors and greenhouse gases, and the discharge of metals into the environment.
Physical-chemical processes for the recovery of compounds
The development of single and/or combined treatments, including precipitation processes for the recovery of inorganic compounds (for example, struvite), adsorption-desorption processes for the recovery of nutrients, and advanced filtration processes for the recovery of high-value compounds contained in wastewater streams.
Knowledge and capabilities
Experimental laboratory, pilot and pre-industrial studies of single and combined technologies for compound recovery.
Mathematical modeling and simulation tools for the development, operation and control of physical-chemical processes for the recovery of compounds.
Water and waste monitoring systems.
Urban and industrial symbiosis: exploration of opportunities and synergies through the symbiosis of streams and waste from urban and industrial sources.
Sample characterization: evaluation of the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of the waste to be treated and the resources obtained.