BIOMATH: new AG Member

BIOMATH: new AG Member

The Action Group “Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor for Recovery of Energy and Resources to Achieve Sustainable Water Reuse” has recently incorporated a new member: BIOMATH. The research conducted at the BIOMATH research unit focuses on the development and application of advanced techniques for modelling, optimisation and control of bioprocesses in order to support required decisions in their design and operation. This field is strongly related to some of the activities which this Action Group is carrying on, in order to develop a suitable and feasible wastewater treatment technology based on anaerobic membrane bioreactors.


At this moment, the AG members are working on the following tasks:


  1. Modelling of microbial dynamics in Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor.
  2. Cost and energy balances of Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors.
  3. Effect of hydrodynamic conditions on the deposition of colloidal matter and particle size distribution.
  4. Control strategies using integrated biological and filtration models.
  5. Assessment of biogas production, sludge production and energy consumption at different operating conditions.
  6. Conversion mechanisms of organic micropollutants in Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors.
  7. Nutrient removal and recovery optimization in algal biomass.
  8. Assessment of downstream treatment in terms of effluent quality, resource recovery, cost and energy.
  9. Guidance for full‐scale plant designs.
  10. Life cycle assessment of different AnMBR+downstream processes scenarios.


AG members are focused not only on improving knowledge about Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors potential and performance, but also on identifying barriers and bottlenecks on this field and propose solutions and recommendations to overcome them. As results of the AG work in previous months, two policy recommendations were reported to the EIP-Task Force:


  • Establishing an EU framework for quality sludge requirements for farmland purposes to exploit the sludge produced in the AnMBRs (giving an added value to this stream).
  • Establishing an EU framework for quality effluent requirements for irrigation purposes to exploit the nutrient content in the AnMBR effluent, which would exclude WWTP post-treatment.