Phosphorus from wastewater: Novel technologies for advanced treatment and re-use

Id:
4

Funder:
Environmental Protection Agency

Title:
Phosphorus from wastewater: Novel technologies for advanced treatment and re-use

Project Reference:
2014-W-LS-7

Coordinator:
McGrath John

Organisation:
Queen's University Belfast

Country:
IRELAND

SRIA Themes:
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Start Date:
01/03/2015

End Date:
01/03/2018

Summary:
Phosphorus (P) is a finite, non-renewable commodity which is critical to food production. Europe’s P reserve is minimal and as a P importer Ireland and the wider European Community, which has always regarded itself as a food secure region, now recognizes its high vulnerability to P scarcity: P is one of 20 materials listed within the EU as a ‘Critical Raw Material'. Paradoxically P removal from wastewater is currently also of international importance. Excess P discharge to the aquatic environment causes eutrophication: Annually eutrophication management costs in the UK and Ireland stand at >€200 million. Wastewater streams offer a compelling opportunity to recover P. Up to 30% of society's P demand could be satisfied by recovering P from domestic waste streams alone. This project will produce a comprehensive review of the current best available technologies for P removal and recovery from waste streams and assess their feasibility for adoption within Ireland. The project will also trial a range of novel P recycling technologies developed within Queen’s University Belfast and NUI-Galway. These potentially offer new and improved methodologies for P recycling and will further strengthen Ireland’s position as a hub for renewable energy generation, resource security, and environmental sustainability.

Keywords:
Phosphorus; Food production; Critical Raw Material; Discharge aquatice environment; Eutrophication