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The Fundació CTM develops a new technology which provides a solution to the problem of eliminating nutrientes in wastewater

The Fundació CTM, integrated in Eurecat, technological center of Catalonia (member of the network TECNIO) has completed the Project TREVA, technologies for the recovery and valorization of nutrients in the cycle of water for being subsequently used. The Area of Environmental Technology of the Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, as well as the companies Inagua, ABM Group, BIOMA and Iberpotash, has taken part in this project.

TREVA has developed technologies that provide efficient solutions for the elimination of nutrients from wastewater and nitrates from contaminated groundwater. In particular, the project has dealt with two environmental issues related with the cycle of nutrients. In the first place, to efficiently solve the elimination of nutrients from wastewater so as to minimize their release into the environment and to solve the problem of groundwater nitrate contamination by developing technologies for obtaining drinking water from it. On the second place, to reduce the problem of lack of natural resources by reusing the nutrients eliminated from ground and waste water as fertilizers in agriculture and gardening.

The project TREVA with the support of the Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic has developed three treatments for the recovery of nutrients: Struvite crystallization, ionic exchange for the elimination of nitrates and phosphorous selective adsorbents.

This initiative TREVA, which concluded last December, has been going on for two years and has counted with a budget of 750.000 Euros provided by the Catalan Agency ACC1O, agency for the competitiveness of Catalan Businesses of the Generalitat (Catalan Government) and the European FEDER Funds.

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