Valorising wastewater streams into bio-based products contribute to the EU’s strategic priority of a transition towards a circular and bio-based economy through agricultural and industrial symbiosis.
Currently, industrial side streams and wastewater are often not exploited but simply disposed of. A consortium led by Water Authority Rijn en IJssel demonstrates that innovative Neo-Alginate production is possible from granular sludge, which is produced in wastewater treatment.
Granular sludge contains a high amount of Neo-Alginate which can serve as a basis for products such as additives for the paper and textile industry. Recovery and valorization of high-value Neo-Alginate provide evidence of the relevance of wastewater and process water streams as a source for bio-based products.
After successful pilot research, which provided proof of the principle that alginate recovery from granular sludge can be realized, a demonstration is essential to validate the production chain. This demonstration in the Chaincraft installation in Amsterdam allows for easy replicability and transferability.
- Water Authority Rijn en IJssel
- ChainCraft B.V.
- Stichting Toegepast Onderzoek Waterbeheer (STOWA)
- Simadan Holding B.V.
- Water Authority Vallei en Veluwe
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European Commission News: Extracting value from sewage sludge