a) Transformation of old reverse osmosis membranes for their reuse in low pressure ultra-nanofiltration processes.
  • Demonstration of the reverse osmosis membrane modification process, for its reuse in pilot scale low pressure (ultra-nanofiltration) filtration processes. Identification of the optimal operation conditions.
  • Construction of 3 pilots and 3 demonstrations: one membrane monitoring pilot, two regeneration pilots, and three demonstrators for reutilization of the recycled membranes.
  • Development of the optimal conditions of the reutilization process and estimation of the recycled membranes' useful lifetime in a pilot scale when the regenerated membranes are used in the pretreatment step previous to the reverse osmosis stage, and in the tertiary treatment of urban waste water.
b) Economic and financial feasibility study of the optimal solutions arisen from the project.
  • Study of the available market for the recycled products (membranes and surplus plastics)
  • Update of BEDAR database created through the INGENIO-CONSOLIDER-TRAGUA project. It will be included those wastewater treatment plants which are using membrane technology.

social results

  • Generation of a proposal for a new reference document for best available techniques for recycling of reverse osmosis filtration membranes.
  • Publication of every obtained result and project scale in scientific papers and dissemination at national and international congresses.
  • Guidelines for recycling and reuse of old reverse osmosis membranes.
  • Public access to the Web and social networking sites
  • Inclusion of the membrane recycling and reuse practical experiences in university academic programmes (university careers and master) as an example of sustainable management of natural resources.
  • Achievement of dissemination activities in the framework of European programmes: Science Week, Researchers' Night.