The Lippeverband has now first results: Phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge ashes of the Emscher-Lippe area is successful with the REMONDIS TetraPhos® process. Within the INTERREG NWE project Phos4You, a constant P recycling rate of more than 85% could be showcased. Read More
Phos4You - We deliver Phosphorus "made in Europe"
- Phos4You documents
- Phos4You videos
- 1st dissemination event Basel
- 2nd dissemination event Cork
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Phos4You (P4Y) addresses the phosphorus (P) challenge. P is a nutrient essential for all living organisms. Though it is a finite resource on earth, P is largely wasted today. The EU acknowledged this by adding Phosphate rock to its list of critical raw materials in 2014. There is a need to boost the use of secondary raw P. The project addresses rural, urban and port areas in NWE. P is needed in rural areas as fertilizer or feed additive (often produced in port areas). P is transferred within food to urban areas where 82% of NWE-citizens live in, and wasted there (via sewage and waste). P4Y specifically targets recovery from municipal WWTP. 2015 NWE imports 100% of its mineral P-Need. 45% of the demand could be supplied by circular economy. The project will exploit the recovery potential of P in municipal sewage water (113,000 t/y P), estimated to cover 26% of the mineral P-demand in NWE. When the project ends, NWE taps 3,5% of this potential; 35% after 5y, 90% after 10y. To achieve this change, P4Y supports 44 enterprises by producing demonstrators in real life conditions of 6 P-recovery technologies for municipal sewage water and 5 new products from P-recycling processes for fertilizer. A EU-Standard to assess quality of new fertilizer products from municipal waste water and further outputs increasing social acceptance are developed. To roll-out its main outputs after the project, P4Y: disseminates results over EU and national platforms (ESPP, national nutrient platforms, EIP Water/Agri, TWG Strubias...); prepares an ongoing monitoring of the demonstrators/pilots; develops business plans for the uptake of P-recovery and recycling technologies; meets policy-makers at all territorial levels to develop a consistent legal framework pushing P-recycling forward; joins forces with related projects to strengthen impact; enables transfer of technologies into other sectors & to EU-28.
Université de Liège
7 Place du 20-Août
Institut national de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l´Environnement et l´Agriculture
17 Avenue de Cucillé CS 64427
Cork Institute of Technology - Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre
Rossa Avenue Bishopstown
25 Rectoraat - Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat
Glasgow Caledonian University
70 Cowcaddens Road
Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College, University of the Highlands and Islands
1 Ormlie Road
1 Rue Giovanni Battista Pirelli B
55 Fairmilehead, Buckstone Terrace
|Université de Liège||Angélique Léonardemail@example.com||Belgium|
|Institut national de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l´Environnement et l´Agriculture||Marie-Line Daumerfirstname.lastname@example.org||France|
|Cork Institute of Technology - Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre||Joe Harringtonemail@example.com||Ireland|
|Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz||Anders Nättorpfirstname.lastname@example.org||Switzerland|
|Universiteit Gent||Erik Meers||Erik.Meers@UGent.be||Belgium|
|Glasgow Caledonian University||Ole Pahl||O.Pahl@gcu.ac.uk||United Kingdom|
|Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College, University of the Highlands and Islands||Barbara Bremneremail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Veolia Environnement||Hervé Paillardfirstname.lastname@example.org||France|
|NV HVC||Johan te Marveldeemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Scottish Water||Roi Oterofirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
The Joint Secretariat got an insight view into the project. Read More
The first European Sustainable Nutrient Initiative (ESNI) took place in Brussels on 22nd January 2019. This annual conference will provide a space for discussion and exchange on the developments of nutrient recovery and recycling at the European Level. Read More
The 5th European Conference on Sludge Management, ECSM’2019, will be held in Liège, Belgium, from 6th - 8th October 2019. Read More
ESNI2019 takes place in Brussels on 22nd of January 2019 Read More
Phos4You information sheets now in 4 languages available Read More
See why phosphorus is crucial for life, what kind of problem we face and how Phos4You approaches solutions. Read More
4th Phos4You Working Group meeting Read More
European Nutrient Event was held succesfully:
The European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform ESPP organized jointly with the Phos4You project, the Swiss partner School of Life Science FHNW, the German Phosphorus Platform DPP and BaselArea.swiss the European Nutrient event from 18th – 20th October 2017 in Basel, Switzerland. With that the official launch of the Phos4You project took place.
The three day event included the
- Knowledge exchange on Phosphorus recycling legislation and implementation in Switzerland and Germany, a
- Networking event of leading nutrient Recycling R&D projects across Europe including a fair for Phosphorus recovery technology suppliers, and a
- Phos4You Project Meeting for project and associated partners.
Switzerland was the first country in the world to make Phosphorus recycling obligatory from Phosphorous-rich waste such as sewage sludge and animal and bone meal. Germany and Austria are also preparing appropriate legislation. Innovative new methods have made it possible to recover a large proportion of the phosphorus contained in sewage sludge and sewage sludge ash.
The European Nutrient Event therefore dealt with the topic of Phosphorus recovery and recycling. On day one, the Swiss Phosphorus Network along with stakeholders from the German-speaking countries discussed the changes taking place in sewage sludge recycling, with particular focus on the recycling of Phosphorus. The German Phosphorus Platform DPP supported the event intensely. They provided an overview of developments, discoveries, challenges and new opportunities.
On day two, the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform jointly with the Phos4You Project invited representatives from a large number of current European R&D projects to discuss common implementation issues. Speakers from EU and even beyond gave their presentations on latest findings. Technology providers showcased their processes in the adjacent Exhibition.
Find here a summary of the event's results:
Please find the event's programme here:
Impressions of the Event:
Stefania Rocca from EASME EU COM presents EU R&D activities on nutrient recycling; further on stage (LTR): Christopher Thornton, ESPP, Burkhard Teichgräber, Lippeverband and Phos4You Lead Partner, Gaëtan Dubois, DG AGRI EU COM, and Erik Meers, University of Gent
Marie-Edith Ploteau, Lippeverband presents the Phos4You partnership
Stephen Rowe, CEO Newtrient USA, presents the Newtrient process and suppliers catalogue via Skype
Find presentations held as download here:
18. October 2017 (presentations held in German)
19. October 2017 (presentations held in English)
Phos4You at the ENVIRON2018 in Cork, Ireland
The know-how exchange between Irish experts and Phos4You partnership created an exciting week before Easter:
From Monday, the 26th March 2018 on, the Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium - in short Environ 2018 - took place in Cork, Ireland. This year’s colloquium was organised in a joint partnership between the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), partner in Phos4You.
The Phos4You partners could present their topics of current research within the project, in order to disseminate project’s results and share with the conference’s participants:
- “Dutch experience of waste water sludge incineration and phosphates recycling pathway ” , Josien Ruijter, HVC, the Netherlands
Session about Waste management
- “Waterboards on the way to recycle phosphorus”, Marie-Edith Ploteau, Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband, Germany
- “Biosorbents produced from waste crab carapace, oyster and mussel shell: Potential for phosphate removal and recovery from wastewater”, Szabolcs Papp, Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland
- “Phos4You - Chlamydomonas acidophila as an alternative for Phosphorous recovery from wastewater”, Lena-Dorothea Reichelt, Glasgow Caledonian University
- “Valorisation strategies for wastewater treatment sludge”, Laurent Fraikin, University of Liège, Belgium
- “A promising process to increase P recovery as mineral fertilizer from sewage sludge by bio-acidification”, Mohamed Amine Saoudi, IRSTEA, France
Session “Waste management 2”
- “Cost assessment of different routes for phosphorus recovery from wastewater using data from pilot and production plants”, Anders Nättorp, School of Life Sciences FNHW, Switzerland
- “Phos4You: Quality assessment of phosphorus fertilizers recycled from municipal wastewater” Aleksandra Bogdan, Ghent University, Belgium
All abstracts have been published in the conference proceedings of the Environ 2018: “Environ 2018, Arriving at a Sustainable Future”, Cork Institute of Technology and Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland, Cork, March 2018
The printed version can be requested from the Environ 2018 organising committee; please contact Dr Joe Harrington: joe.harrington (at) cit.ie
Following the Environ 2018, the 3rd working group meeting of the Phos4You partnership took place, starting on Wednesday afternoon, March 28th.
In the session “Status of construction and operation of the demonstrators”, the pilot plants were presented by the responsible partner. Schedule, location and products of the demonstrators were discussed in order to plan the next joint activities.
The next session was dedicated to the quality assessment activities. The University of Ghent presented first tests with commercially available products, selected methods at partners´ labs, as well as literature review on assessment methods. Next steps were discussed and planned jointly by all partners.
In the later afternoon parallel sessions took place: One - led by the University of Liège - highlighted the set-up of the process to carry out the LCA&LCC analysis .The other - moderated by the Glasgow Caledonian University - was about stakeholder engagement plans for Scotland/Ireland, which was the follow-up of the February meeting that took place also in Cork, Ireland.
Thursday, March 29th, was starting with the session about the Decision-Support-Tool to help operators of waste water treatment plants to select a suitable P-recovery technology. IRSTEA, France, presented linkages with a Decision-Support-Tool in the H2020-DECISIVE project, first data collection, parameters of recovery systems. The next steps and work flow with LCA activities were discussed with all involved partners.
Surely a highlight of the day was the “Irish session”: To understand the specific Irish context, representatives from CIT, Irish Water, Cork County Council, Devenish Nutrition and Ostara were present. Topics were the “Irish National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan”, “Sludge Production and Recovery in County Cork”, “Agronomic Factors Affecting Phosphorus and the Importance of Phosphorus in the Irish Agricultural Sector” as well as “Crystal Green, Field Trials and End of Waste Criteria in an Irish Context”.
A site visit to the CIT facilities to carry out field trials within Phos4You was consequently the adequate wrap-up of this session.
Phos4You partners going out to see CIT's field trials
Dr Joe Harrington, CIT and member of the Environ2018 organising committee, giving explanations
Details of field trial's set up
Investigations are located on CIT's Campus
The final Working Groups were organized in parallel sessions, each focusing on one specific product from the demonstrators. Key question was to jointly plan “How will recycling pathways of the products coming out of the Phos4You demonstrators be showcased.” The discussion included involved users, logistical aspects, conditioning, schedule and next steps.