Energie en Grondstoffen Fabriek

Energie en Grondstoffen Fabriek

Water boards in the Netherlands no longer regard wastewater as merely a by-product to be treated and processed, but as a valuable source of renewable energy, raw materials, and clean water. This approach is appropriate to the wider societal transition to a circular economy. In order to contribute to this transition, the water boards have set up the collaborative network organization EFGF Energy & Raw Materials Factory (Energie- en Grondstoffenfabriek). The EFGF is a joint effort of the 23 Dutch water boards together with the Dutch Water Authorities (umbrella organization), the Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA), a number of knowledge institutes including Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands Green Gas Foundation, the Netherlands Nutrient Platform, and others. So far eight sewage treatment plants have been transformed into Energy Factories, with preparations underway for a further nine factories. Phosphate is being recovered at seven sites. Intensive research is being conducted into the recovery of valuable raw materials like alginate and cellulose from wastewater.

 

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  • TOOLS
  • Best practice methods & case studies
  • SERVICES
  • Generic or other services
  • Water and waste water treatment
  • Water-energy nexus
Technology Stage
  • Early & later stage
Partnership Type
  • Technical institute collaboration
Hub Type
  • Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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