activity program

main objective


The project objective is to increase sustainability of membrane-based water treatment processes, by improving their durability and reducing the environmental costs associated to this technology. As a result, the obtained processed water will comply Royal Decree 1620/2007 about reuse of waste water, by means of reusing recycled membranes for whichever purpose allowed by the Royal Decree. This will be achieved through an environmentally-friendly recycling process of the waste membranes disposed by the reverse osmosis desalination plants, and then using the recycled membranes in lower pressure filtration processes. Such recycled membranes, having a remarkably increased permeability, will be demonstrated in the project in two direct applications: pre-treatment process before reverse osmosis step, and wastewater tertiary treatment, so that such applications of recycled membranes will guarantee the required water quality needed for water reuse.

specific objectives


a.) To develop an innovative, profitable and environmentally friendly technology, based on a recycling system of reverse osmosis disposed membranes, thus contributing to the European Union effort for development of the "recycling society" as expressed by Directive 2008/98/CE on wastes, therefore demonstrating an alternative route to landfill disposal of the exhausted reverse osmosis filtration membranes.
b.) To obtain solutions for recycling and reuse of resources supported by an economic and financial feasibility study able to guarantee market success in a near future.
c.) To demonstrate technical feasibility of old reverse osmosis membranes recycling, as well as their reuse within the same treatment plants that generate such waste membranes.
d.) To develop a sustainable technology for wastewater treatment by means of recycled reverse osmosis membrane compact systems, applicable for any type of urban area.
e.) To increase social awareness of recycling and reuse of natural resources.

main objective


The following actions will be developed in order to reach the objectives:
a.) Transformation of reverse osmosis membranes for their reuse in pilot scale low pressure (ultra-nanofiltration) processes. Laboratory research developed by the consortium have already identified the characteristics of the old reverse osmosis membranes' modification process, in order to transform them into nanofiltration and ultrafiltration membranes.
b.) Application of the transformed membranes in filtration processes different to reverse osmosis. They will be applied in seawater, brackish water and urban wastewater treatments.
c) Economic and financial assessment of the optimal solutions arising from the project. Economic and financial feasibility studies will be achieved in order to assess national market dimension (availability of used reverse osmosis membranes) and to evaluate benefits and costs of the recycling process and the membranes' reuse, in comparison to the current situation.
d) Monitoring plan. The activities achieved by the consortium will be continuously monitored in order to guarantee the achievement of the planned objectives, thus maintaining scientific quality, proposed items quantity and estimated time schedule.
e) Dissemination plan. Project has a detailed dissemination plan.
f) Maintenance plan after LIFE+ 13 execution period. This first stage of financed by LIFE+2013 will be the connection bridge to new innovations arising from the basis and experience generated during execution of this project. One of the project objectives is to maintain, improve and update the achieved results in order to consolidate a new trend of management of filtration commercial membranes at European level.