The official inauguration of SMARTech1 took place on the 29th of June 2017. On both regional and national television, the news paid attention to the world-scoop in the production of marketable cellulose from sewage.
A pilot treatment plant developed by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Aigües de Manresa S.A. Empresa Municipal generates added value products while simultaneously treating wastewater. The technology used improves the treatment process and at the same time extracts the phosphorus and materials used to manufacture bioplastics. This pioneering plant was inaugurated today at the Manresa- Sant Joan (near Barcelona) wastewater treatment plant and forms part of the European SMART-Plant project. The system recovers 50% of phosphorus, which can be used as a fertiliser, extracts materials used to produce bioplastics and reduces by 25% the costs of operating a wastewater treatment plant.
SMART-Plant has participated at the kick-off meeting of the RES-URBIS project in Rome. RES-URBIS aims at delivering circular economy from municipal organic waste, while SMART-Plant is focusing on municipal wastewater. The twinnig between SMART-Plant and RES-URBIS will allow to deliver circular economy in the SMART URBES
The Coordinator of SMART-Plant, Francesco Fatone, together with Ana Soares (Cranfield University) and Antonio Chaparro (Wellness Smart Cities) participated at the event and presented the forthcoming cluster and joint activities with ENERWATER (www.enerwater.eu) and POWERSTEP (www.powerstep.eu). ENERWATER methodology will be applied in the SMARTechs to measure the energy consumptions of technologies that recover secondary raw material.
The Coordinator of SMART-Plant has represented the Consortium in the 1st meeting of the Steering Committee held at the DG RTD of the European Commission in Brussels.
The SMART-Plant project was presented at 13th IWA Specialized Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems and 5th IWA Specialized Conference on Resources-oriented Sanitation by NTUA and UNIVR. Athens, Greece
Booth in 81st Thessaloniki International Fair, Exhibition & Convention Center of Thessaloniki, Greece
The SMART-Plant project was presented at 27th Fenasan -Feira Nacional de Saneamento e Meio Ambiente by UNIVR, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The SMART-Plant project was presented at 1ST INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE ON WASTE MANAGEMENT, SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENT-RELATED PRODUCTS, SERVICES & TECHNOLOGY, Muscat, Oman
Title presentation: Municipal wastewater as a Feedstock for Valuable Resources, Dr.Fatone & Dr. La Corte, Oman Waste and Environmental Services (OWES).