European Commission provides grant aid to Global Omnium-led LIFE-ECOdigestion 2.0 project for development of tool to promote circular economy in water treatment processes

The ultimate objective of the LIFE-ECOdigestion 2.0 project is to maximise the production of biogas as a renewable energy and increase the energy self-sufficiency of Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs). This key project in terms of achieving the circular economy at WWTPs is led by Global Omnium and features the participation of Portuguese entity Águas do Centro Litoral and the Finnova Foundation.

The European Commission has provided grant aid to the LIFE-ECOdigestion 2.0 project (LIFE19 ENV/ES/000098) for the development of a tool to promote the circular economy in the wastewater treatment sector. It will do so through the production of electricity and heat using the biogas generated by the co-digestion of waste and WWTP sludge.

The project has a total budget of 971,420 euro, of which 55% will be funded by the European Union. It is coordinated by Global Omnium, with Portuguese entity Águas do Centro Litoral and the Brussels-based Finnova Foundation participating as partners.

LIFE-ECOdigestion 2.0 seeks to increase the energy self-sufficiency of WWTPs by means of renewable energy, whilst maximising energy recovery from waste, within the framework of the implementation of European circular economy policies in the integrated urban water cycle.

The results to be obtained during the course of the project have aroused great interest in the wastewater treatment sector, as is demonstrated by the support of several public and private sector entities.

“The know-how acquired in the previous LIFE13 ENV/ES/000377 project on a pilot scale will now be adapted to the real needs of digesters, and new programming architecture adapted to Industry 4.0 will be designed and migrated to the Cloud. This will enable the tool to be commercialised and installed in real-scale plants as a fully autonomous system”, explain the project partners.

LIFE-ECOdigestion 2.0 has a duration of 42 months and will be implemented at two WWTPs, one in Spain and the other in Portugal. The tool developed in the project for the co-digestion of agri-food waste will be demonstrated on a real scale at both plants.