Newsletter about nutrient stewardship - European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP).
United Nations highlights resource recovery from wastewater
Ontario actions for phosphorus recycling
HELCOM manure nutrients and nutrient bookkeeping
Innovation and implementation
AnMBR water reuse EU Innovation Deal selected
Digestate certification success story Sweden
Agricultural application of phosphogypsum
Fraunhofer IGB ePHOS® electrochemical nutrient recovery
Colsen’s sixth struvite phosphorus recovery installation underway
UK phosphorus removal innovation
Berner’s recycled fertiliser from organic wastes
K-struvite application in building material
Nutrient Recovery 2.0
R3Water sewage resource recovery and pharmaceuticals treatment
Enzyme feed additives reduce poultry phosphorus needs
Nano hydroxyapatite shows no chronic toxicity in rats
German science academies propose monitoring of primary phosphorus resources
Extended anaerobic treatment of sewage improves toxicity removal
France, Italy: a tasteful love for shit
Everglades Foundation George Barley Water Prize - Stage 2 US$ 80 000 prize
Now open for submissions – deadline to request materials = 15th July 2017
Stage 2 of the Everglades Foundation George Barley Water Prize is currently open for applications for teams capable of testing their solution for two consecutive weeks processing c. 24 litres/hour (see exact specifications in application materials). Applicants will submit daily inflow and outflow samples from their technology. A total of $80,000 will be awarded in November of this year to the top 3 teams in Stage 2. You can apply to stage 2 whether or not you applied to stage 1. The deadline to request Stage 2 application materials is 15th July 2017 and the deadline to submit applications is 31 August 2017.
Beyond Stage 2, the Pilot Stage, the third stage of the George Barley Water Prize, will qualify 10 teams to compete at a Pilot location in Canada in early 2018, with awards totalling $800,000. Finally, the Grand Prize will see the top 4 teams compete in Florida for the ultimate $10 million award. Information www.barleyprize.com
United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) 2017 UN World Water Development Report, Wastewater: The Untapped Resource http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/water/wwap/wwdr/2017-wastewater-the-untapped-resource Bill 151). This will implement the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act 2016 and the Waste Diversion Transition Act 2016. The new Act is supported by a Waste Free Ontario Strategy which states that “waste is seen as a resource that can be recovered, reused and reintegrated into the economy to achieve a circular economy” and sets two goals: a zero waste Ontario and zero greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector. The initiatives underway include organic food waste, excess soil, biosolids, etc. with a goal of resource recovery and waste reduction coupled with a focus on waste generator responsibility, and making it cheaper to recycle waste than to send waste to landfills. Phosphorus efficiency and recovery are part of the initiatives to support both the Waste Free Ontario Act and the Great Lakes Protection Act 2015. Initiatives underway in Ontario, include a provincial preliminary phosphorus flow study, and (with Guelph University and Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers’ Association) an assessment of options for nutrient capture and water reuse from smaller commercial greenhouses. Ontario is also a partner of the Everglades Foundation’s George Barley Water Prize for technologies to remove and recover phosphorus from surface waters, in which the top 10 proposed technologies will be tested in cold weather conditions in Ontario.
“HELCOM Workshop on manure nutrient content in the Baltic Sea countries” 19-20 November 2015, Vantaa, Finland, http://helcom.fi/helcom-at-work/events/events-2015/workshop-on-manure-nutrient-content-in-the-baltic-sea-countries and “HELCOM Workshop on status of nutrient bookkeeping in the Baltic Sea countries” 28-29 April 2015, Oldenburg, Germany http://helcom.fi/helcom-at-work/events/events-2015/workshop-on-status-of-nutrient-bookkeeping
AnMBR). The latter is presented by 14 national and regional authorities, research centres, innovation structures and stakeholders, including ESPP member SMART-plant (Horizon 2020 research project). The deal addresses barriers to water reuse and nutrient recovery from sewage, including cost recovery for water services, discharge requirements and end-user responsibility. An ongoing open EU DG R&I call invites expressions of interest for further Innovation Deals relevant to the Circular Economy.
Innovation Deal approved “Sustainable wastewater treatment using innovative anaerobic membrane bioreactors technology (AnMBR)” and Open Call to submit expressions of interest for Innovation Deals on the Circular Economy: EU Innovation Deals https://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-deals presented as a good practice success story of the European biogas industry.
“Success stories of the members of the European Biogas Association. Good practices and innovations in the biogas industry”, EBA, January 2017 http://european-biogas.eu/2017/02/27/latest-companies-catalogue-and-success-stories-now-available
SAVE http://blogs.helsinki.fi/save-kipsihanke/?lang=en Contact Seija Luomanperä pilot unit for electrochemical recovery of phosphorus from waste waters has been presented at IFAT (the global waste and water treatment show) and is ready for market deployment. ePHOS® is a patented electrochemical process, requiring no chemical input, using a sacrificial magnesium anode to produce magnesium phosphates such as struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) or K-struvite (potassium magnesium phosphate), which can be used as fertilisers. Energy consumption is stated as 1,5 kWh/m³ wastewater. Fraunhofer IGB indicate that the process can recover up to 98% of soluble phosphorus from sewage sludge dewatering liquors, food or industrial wastewaters. The technology has been licensed to OVIVO the water treatment technology company, for the North American market. First commercial installation will be in operation in 2017 treating sewage sludge dewatering liquors for the recovery of struvite as fertiliser.
“New process for eco-friendly phosphorus recovery. IFAT 2016: fertilizer from wastewater”, Fraunhofer IGB, June 2016 https://www.fraunhofer.de/en/press/research-news/2016/June/ifat2016-fertilizer-from-wastewater.html
Colsen (water, energy and environment) are building their sixth ANPHOS struvite precipitation installation, due to be commissioned mid 2017. This will bring ANPHOS struvite production to a total of 2 500 tonnes/year. Colsen’s five existing installations operate in the main wastewater stream of potato processing factories, with phosphorus concentrations of 50 – 130 mgPtotal/l, for different companies in the Netherlands and in Italy. The recovered phosphate is precipitated by aeration and magnesium hydroxide addition then dewatered by filter press or centrifuge, and is a mixture of struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) and K-struvite (magnesium potassium phosphate). The new sixth installation is at the Waterschap Aa en Maas waterboard’s municipal sewage treatment plant at Den Bosch, The Netherlands, capacity 342 000 p.e. which operates biological phosphorus removal and anaerobic sludge digestion. The struvite unit is installed downstream of the digestate dewatering. It will treat 100% of the centrate of the sewage work’s sludge dewatering.
Colsen ANPHOS process https://www.colsen.nl/products and https://www.colsen.nl/system/resources/BAhbBlsHOgZmSSIwMjAxNi8wMS8yNy8xMy81My8zNy82MTMvYW5waG9zX2VuX2ZseWVyLnBkZgY6BkVU/anphos-en-flyer.pdf
WWT Magazine round-table “Phosphorus removal and wastewater innovation”, Birmingham, 30th January 2017. Participants were the Environment Agency, Ofwat, Thames, Severn Trent, Northern Ireland, Scottish, Yorkshire, Wessex, Welsh and South West Water companies, Tarmac, university experts. http://wwtonline.co.uk March 2017 edition pages 14-16. company with 500 employees and a range of agri-food and consumer products since 1883) with retail chain SOK (Kodin Terra, Prisma and S-rauta) and the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) has launched a new garden fertiliser produced from previously unused agri-food industry side-streams, e.g. from cereal or sugar processing. The GreenCare Ympäristön Ystävä fertiliser is packeted as easy-to-handle, odourless granules, which bring both nutrients and organic matter to soil. ‘Soilfood Inside’ biostimulants are included to enhance plant nutrient uptake. Berner’s has also signed the BSAG Baltic Sea Commitment to continue to explore new nutrient recycling opportunities.
“Berner's commitment brings innovative recycled fertiliser product for domestic gardeners” http://www.bsag.fi/Commitment.html
“Struvite-K and Syngenite Composition for Use in Building Materials”, US patent n° 20170008804 A1, R. Hauber et al., Certainteed Gypsum Inc., published 12th January 2017 http://www.google.com/patents/US20170008804 n° 124) enables a significant increase in the percentage of sewage works inflow phosphorus recovered as struvite. Ostara now has two such WASSTRIP – PEARL struvite recovery combinations operating in Europe (Amersfoort, Madrid). Brunswick Steinhof sewage works (Germany) has now contracted construction of a combination of thermal sludge hydrolysis, NuReSys struvite recovery and ammonia stripping (nitrogen recovery). The paper also presents the ECOPHOS process (Dunkerque, see SCOPE Newsletter n° 120), the Budenheim Extraphos process (Mainz, see SCOPE Newsletter n° 123), ICL RECOPHOS (see SCOPE Newsletter n° 112), and Remondis Tetraphos as processes able to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge incineration ash or from sewage sludge in commercially valuable forms.
“Nutrient Recovery 2.0”, C. Kabbe Waste and Wastewater International WaterWorld, November 2016, vol. 30 issue 6 http://www.waterworld.com/articles/wwi/print/volume-31/issue-6.html
R3Water (Demonstration of innovative solutions for Reuse of water, Recovery of valuable Substances and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment) www.r3water.eu R3Water Newsletter March 2017 http://www.teqma.com/wp-content/uploads/R3Water_Newsletter_03_2017_Final_web.pdf and final project conference, Brussels 30th May http://r3water.eu/save-the-date-r3water-final-conference-on-water-in-the-circular-economy-innovations-for-urban-water-treatment
“Enzyme, phytase combo supports poultry production with less phosphorus: study”, FEEDnavigator 15 Feb. 2017 http://www.feednavigator.com/content/view/print/1369228 and “Effects of combination of phytase and Multi-Carbohydrase enzymes on growth performance and bone mineralization in broilers”, abstract M96 in International Poultry Scientific Forum Jan. 30-31st 2017 http://www.ippexpo.org/ipsf/docs/2017AbstractBook.pdf 118 and Pepla 2014) in particular for bone restoration. A first chronic (long-term) toxicity of nano HAP has been published. The nano HAP was synthesised by precipitation and had a rod-like structure with particle size < 50 nm. 140 Wistar rats were fed for 78 weeks with concentrations of 0, 25, 50 and 100 mg/kg body weight nano HAP in feed, plus one group at 100 mg/kg with an additional period of 22 weeks with 0 mg/kg. A range of clinical and behavioural parameters were observed, as well as histopathalogical parameters after sacrifice of the rats. No effects of the nano hydroxyapatite were observed in any of the groups of rats, that is no indications of toxicity or carcinogenicity. However, another study using fruit flies and rod-like nano HAP 80-90 nm particle size. The structure and of adult flies and behaviour of larvae was concentration-dependently impacted when nano HAP was included in fly larvae food, suggesting developmental and neuro-toxicity.
“Investigation of chronic toxicity of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles administered orally for one year in wistar rats”, N.S. Remya et al., Materials Science and Engineering C 76 (2017) 518–527 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2017.03.076 and “A toxicity assessment of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles on development and behaviour of Drosophila melanogaster”, S. Aurosman Pappus et al., J Nanopart Res (2017) 19:136 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11051-017-3824-8
German academies joint position paper (in German) http://www.acatech.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Baumstruktur_nach_Website/Acatech/root/de/Publikationen/Kooperationspublikationen/ESYS_Stellungnahme_Rohstoffe_fuer_die_Energiewende.pdf (see page 73, right column and page 86 third option for action).
“Extended anaerobic conditions in the biological wastewater treatment: Higher reduction of toxicity compared to target organic micropollutants”, J. Völker et al., Water Research 116 (2017) 220e230 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2017.03.030
The shit museum www.theshitmuseum.org and La Belle Bouse www.labellebouse.fr
- Strippers and Scrubbers event - the fight for nitrogen recovery, recycling and removal
27 April 2017, Leeds, United Kingdom - Website - Email
This one-day event will investigate the options for managing ammonium and seeks to bring together key stakeholders interested in advancing recovery, recycling and removal techniques.
- SYMPHOS - International Symposium on Innovation and Technology in the Phosphate Industry
8 - 10 May 2017, Ben Guerir, Morocco - Website
10th "Phosphates" event, the premier gathering for decision-makers for the fertilizer, feed and industrial phosphates industries, with 400 participants
- Netherlands political seminar Circular with phosphate (in Dutch)
12 May 2017, Amersfoort, Netherlands - Website
The Dutch Nutrient Platform and the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform will give a presentation
- Waste-to-Resources 2017 conference
16 - 18 May 2017, Hanover, Germany - Website
Conference and exhibition on mechanical biological waste treatment (MBT/AWT), waste sorting and recycling technology
- 19th International Conference on Sustainable Agricultural and Food Systems
14 - 15 May 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands - Website
- Sustainable Phosphorus Research Coordination Network (P RCN) workshop
16-18 May 2017, Washington DC, USA - Website - Registration
- Dresden Nexus Conference Water Soil and Waste
17 - 19 May 2017, Hanover, Germany - Website
- Phosphorus FORUM of the North America Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance (SPA)
19 May 2017, Washington DC, USA - Website - Registration - Email
Organised by the former North American Partnership for Phosphorus Sustainability (NAPPS)
- International interdisciplinary conference on land use and water quality (LuWQ2017)
29 May - 1 June 2017, Den Haag, Netherlands - Website
- R3Water final conference
30 May 2017, Brussels, Belgium - Website
With a focus on "Water in the circular economy – innovations for urban water treatment"
- Sustainable Foods Summit 2017
1 - 2 June 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands - Website
- World Circular Economy Forum 2017
5 - 6 June 2017, Helsinki, Finland - Website
- WEF Nutrient Symposium 2017
12 - 14 June 2017, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - Website
- Kick-off meeting SYSTEMIC EU research project
13-14 June 2017, Wageningen, The Netherlands - Registration
Start meeting of this project focussing on largescale demonstration projects for recovery of nutrients from manure and sewage sludge
- All Ireland Phosphorus Sustainability workshop and conference Microbial Resources for Agricultural and Food Security
21 - 23 June 2017, Belfast, Ireland - Website - Contact - Flyer
Starts with a 1 day workshop on ‘Irish phosphorus sustainability’ to establish the need for an Irish nutrient platform, and First conference of the Ireland EPA funded project "Phosphorus from wastewater: Novel technologies for advanced treatment and reuse".
- International conference Innovative solutions for sustainable management of nitrogen
26 - 28 June 2017, Aarhus, Denmark - Website
- International Fertiliser Society (IFS) Technical Conference 2017
29 - 30 June 2017, Geological Society, London, United Kingdom - Website
- PBSi 2017 - International Conference On Phosphorus, Boron and Silicon
3 - 5 July 2017, Paris, France - Website
- The BIG Phosphorus Conference and Exhibition – Removal & Recovery
4 - 5 July 2017, Manchester United Football Stadium, United Kingdom - Website
The event is supported by the UKWIR National Phosphorus Trials steering group and the National Chemical Investigation Programme (CIP) Phosphorus Steering Group
- SMART-Plant research project launch
11 - 13 July 2017, Severn Trent Water, Coventry, United Kingdom - Website
Launch meeting of the EU funded SMART-Plant research project
- 2nd IWA Resource Recovery conference
5 - 9 August 2017, New York, USA - Website - Email
2nd International Water Association conference on resource recovery from wastewater
- 17th International RAMIRAN conference 'Sustainable utilization of manures and residue resources in agriculture'
4 - 6 September 2017, Wexford, Ireland - Website - Email
RAMIRAN (Recycling of Agricultural, Municipal and Industrial Residues in Agriculture Network) is a research and expertise network dealing with environmental issues relating to the use of livestock manure and other organic residues in agriculture.
- ESPP meeting EU Fertiliser Regulation and STRUBIAS
5 September 2017, Brussels, Belgium - Registration
Stakeholder meeting on EU Fertiliser Regulation developments and biochar, struvite and ash-products criteria
- DPP-FORUM 2017 (in German)
12 September 2017, Berlin, Germany - Website
National conference of the German Phosphorus Platform with a focus on how to get P-recycling to the market
- European Waste Water Management Conference 2017
3 - 4 October 2017, Leeds, United Kingdom - Website
- IFDC and IFA workshop Phosphate Fertilizer Production Technology
5 - 9 October 2017, Berlin, Germany - Website
- NORDIWA - Nordic Waste Water Conference
10 - 12 October 2017, Aarhus, Denmark - Website
Potential phosphorus session is planned, check for an update
- Nutrient recycling R&D projects and technologies meeting and technology fair
18 - 19 October 2017, Basel, Switzerland - Registration
18 Oct. - FHNW, DPP and Phos4You meeting "Sludge and phosphorus recycling in Switzerland and beyond (German, English translation)
19 Oct. - ESPP and Phos4You meeting EU (H2020, LIFE, InterReg) and national funded R&D projects on nutrient recycling (English, German translation)
- Conference Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future
22 - 25 October 2017, Tampa, Florida, USA - Website
- World Resources Forum 2017 - Accelerating the resource revolution
24 - 25 October 2017, Geneva, Switzerland - Website
- European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference & Exhibition
20 - 21 November 2017, Leeds, United Kingdom - Website
Conference for the biosolids and biowaste industries
- Conference Phosphorus a critical resource with a future (in German)
22-23 November 2017, Stuttgart, Germany - Website
- ManuREsource 2017 - International conference on manure management and valorisation
27 - 28 November 2017, Eindhoven, Netherlands - Website - Email
In cooperation with the Dutch Nutrient Platform. A facultative field trip with exclusive site visits to local manure processing installations will be organised on 29 November 2017.
- 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security and Sustainability
3 - 6 December 2017, Cape Town, South Africa - Website
- Course Phosphorus Removal and Tertiary Treatment Processes
7 December 2017, Wakefield, United Kingdom - Website
This course will review the design and operation of the main markets available for N and P removal technologies.