Incorporation of Dr. Manuel E. López Sepúlveda to the LIFE-TRANSFOMEM team

Dr. Manuel E. López Sepúlveda joins the LIFE-Transfomem team to take control of the membrane reuse plant to regenerate the sewage decanters efluent of Guadalajara wastewater treatment plant. Dr. López is an expert in wastewater reclaim and regeneration.


Workshop Membranes for water treatment and reuse

Raquel Gacia Pacheco presents the conference LIFE-TRANSFOMEM: Reuse of recycled membranes (NF-UF) in water treatment in the Workshop Membranes for water treatment and reuse in Barcelona. On the feasibility study and costs of reuse of OI membranes in ultra membranes and nanofiltration. Link.



Publication of Comprehensive Membrane Science and Engineering 2nd Edition

Publication of the book Comprehensive Membrane Science and Engineering 2nd Edition (ISBN: 9780444637758) whose editors have been Enrico Drioli, Lidietta Giorno and Enrica Fontananova, in which Raquel Gacia Pacheco has collaborated in Volumen 4 chapter 4.14 

Reverse osmosis is the most employed technology for water desalination. However, membrane fouling is inevitable and one of the main reasons for membrane replacement. This article summarizes the most representative management routes of discarded end-of-life membranes investigated to date. Landfill disposal, reuse, direct recycling, indirect recycling, and energy recovery are evaluated. The present study also shows decision-making tools such as MemEol and life cycle assessment, which can be used to boost this technology towards a more environmentally friendly waste management framework. Furthermore, a business model of a hypothetical recycling membrane plant is developed


Publication of the collaboration of the city of Guadalajara with the project LIFE-TRANSFOMEM

The Wastewater Treatment Plant of Guadalajara collaborates in the European demonstration project LIFE + 13 ENV / ES / 000751 TRANSFOMEM "Transformation of discarded reverse osmosis membranes into recycled ultrafiltration and nanofiltration membranes". It is a project co-financed by the European Community (2014-2018) and whose participating entities are IMDEA Water, SADYT and VALORIZA AGUA. The objective of the project is to increase the sustainability of water treatment systems by membranes, improving their durability and reducing the environmental costs associated with this technology. This will be achieved by recycling, using environmentally friendly methods, the membranes used in reverse osmosis desalination and using these membranes transformed into low pressure filtration processes. These membranes, with a significantly greater permeability, will have two direct applications: in the pretreatment of reverse osmosis processes, in the treatment of brackish water and in the tertiary treatment of waste water in such a way that the application of regenerated membranes allows to reach the water quality required for subsequent reuse. Link.