Development of a new and innovative environmental technology of denitrification based on the process of autotrophic anaerobic oxidation. 2014-2015. Funding: European Economic Area (EEA) Grants / Norway Grants
Waste water contains a large amount of nitrogen, either coming from urban areas or industrial facilities. The nitrogen discharge to surface waterways represents a great risk of eutrophication of water bodies, affecting all the aquatic ecosystem. The main objective of the project is to develop a new and innovative environmental technology for nitrogen removal based on the anaerobic oxidation process of ammonia, using a new biof-ilm fixed bed system The process will be suitable for the treatment of effluents with high nitrogen content and low in organic matter in waste water treatment plants. This innovative technology will achieve a significant reduction of generated sludge and reduction of energy consumption in comparison to conventional processes (nitrification-denitrification). This project is innovative since autotrophic anaerobic oxidation process using bio-filtration has never been patented or applied at full scale.