The AMB is the public administration of the metropolitan area of Barcelona, a large urban conurbation comprising 36 municipalities. The constitution as public administration was on 21 July 2011 in accordance with Law 31/2010 passed by the Parliament of Catalonia. It is established as a local government composed by representatives of the 36 municipalities. The main competences are related to urban planning, transport and mobility, housing, economic development, social cohesion and ecology. The ecology area is linked to three services: waste prevention and management, water and wastewater management, and environmental services. The Directorate of Waste Prevention and Management Services is that which will be involved in the INFUSION project. It is in charge of municipal waste treatment and owns 12 waste treatment facilities with an overall capacity of 1,040,000 tons of municipal solid waste and 466,000 tons of sorted solid organic waste. The AMB owns Ecoparc 2, the facility in which one of the INFUSION prototypes will be implemented. Moreover, as the entity responsible for waste management from the metropolitan area o Barcelona, AMB could replicate the innovative system developed at INFUSION into the territory’s other urban waste treatment facilities.
Role in the project: Permits management, characterization and monitoring of Ecoparc 2 effluents through AMB Laboratory accredited by the National Accreditation Body (ENAC), responsible of the dissemination and communication activities.
Founded in 1986, joint-stock company since 2002, AMIU Genova is owned by the Municipality of Genoa.
AMIU is the main provider in the Liguria region (Italy) for environmental services, waste management and circular economy. The company manages two dismissed landfills, an operative landfill, civic amenity sites, and a recycling plant for plastic and metals. Moreover, AMIU promotes a circular economy by providing services for the reuse and repair of furniture and Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE). AMIU has four subsidiary companies: AMIU Bonifiche (asbestos services), Ecolegno (wood collection and recycling), Ge.Am. (integrated waste management in the port area) and Sater (waste management in Cogoleto Municipality). Overall, the company has extensive experience and is fully operational in the following areas:
-Waste management and design (street sweeping, waste collection, transport and disposal; collection, transport and disposal of bulky, hazardous and special waste including WEEE, construction and demolition waste; civic amenities management)
-Landfills management, design and maintenance
-Requalification of contaminated soils, degraded areas and brownfields management
-Sorting plant management
-Quality and environmental certification consulting
-Laboratory environmental analysis (waste, asbestos, soil, water, air)
-Waste vehicles fleet management and maintenance
-Cleaning of public spaces including beaches, storm water drains and weeding management
-Equipment rental and services for municipal authorities
-Garbage collection fees management
-Environmental training and education initiatives
-Circular economy approach to waste management, reduction, and valorisation (permanent forum Liguriacircular)
Role in the project: Communication and dissemination activities, valorisation of INFUSION solution
AQUALIA is the third-largest private water management company in Europe and the seventh worldwide (Global Water Intelligence). AQUALIA is part of the environmental services group FCC, which provides public services infrastructures, present on 5 continents, and employing around 70,000 people in 52 countries. AQUALIA covers the entire water cycle and manages water and wastewater services for more than 1100 towns and cities and it serves more than 23 million people in more than 22 countries. AQUALIA’s activity comprises 3 major areas among which, it creates synergies in knowledge, methodology, research and development, working with local partners and administrations:
– Integral management of public water services
– Design and construction of all types of water infrastructures.
– Global solutions for the use of water in industry.
AQUALIA has solid experience in water and wastewater treatment and management, always aimed at presenting sustainable solutions to problems arising in the field of water treatment, allowing the technical department to design water treatment facilities with the latest and most modern technologies. AQUALIA has provided necessary knowledge through pilot programs testing plants to solve wastewater treatment problems with innovative technologies. AQUALIA has considered the participation of its affiliated entity HIDROTEC, a subsidiary of the water utility AQUALIA, that administers specialised support services in engineering, information technology as well as health and safety.
Role in the project: Technology provider, engineering, support the optimization and operation of technologies.
Mechanical-biological treatment plant, with a capacity of 300,000 Tn/year between containers, REST and FORM. It has automatic pre-treatment processes, anaerobic digestion, composting tunnels, cogeneration engines, air treatment and biological leachate treatment plant.
Role in the project: Construction and operation of prototype and monitoring of water contaminants.
EURECAT, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya is a non-profit private foundation whose aim is to efficiently contribute to improving the competitiveness and the technological and sustainable development of companies by providing specialized services and carrying out R&D and innovation projects. EURECAT has participated in numerous projects and individual contracts aimed at innovation, development, testing and optimization of water treatment and reuse technologies, in urban, agricultural, industrial and environmental sectors. Among its fields of expertise, EURECAT has ample experience and knowledge on the mechanisms involved in separation technologies and biological treatments for water and wastewater treatment. EURECAT researchers have participated in numerous research, development and innovation projects related to separation technologies including membrane technologies (e.g., reverse osmosis and reverse electrodialysis), advanced oxidative processes (e.g., ozone and H2O2/UV) and biological processes such as activated sludge, MBR, anaerobic digestion, IFAS, etc. Apart from conventional equipment for the microbiological and physicochemical analysis of environmental samples, EURECAT also has facilities to evaluate the performance of membrane and biological processes such as bench and pilot scale membrane equipment. Furthermore, EURECAT has ample experience in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life-cycle Cost (LCC) studies in sectors such as: wastewater treatment and regeneration, water treatment, and energy production. EURECAT led the FP7 DEMOWARE, intended for demonstration of water reuse schemes in different sectors, among other projects about water treatment and reuse (i.e., LIFE RELEACH, LIFE REWATCH, LIFE SOLIEVA).
Role in the project: Coordinating beneficiary, optimization of the INFUSION solution at bench-scale, LCA & LCC.
COGERSA SAU is a public waste management company based in Asturias (north coast of Spain) established since 1985. It is owned by a public consortium comprised of the Government of Asturias (20%) and its 78 municipal councils (80%). It is accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 (first landfill in Spain) and OHSAS 18001. Operator of a unique waste management complex including 3 landfills (non-hazardous, hazardous, and inert waste), 4 sorting plants (light packaging, paper and cardboard, C&D waste, WEEE), 2 composting plants for green waste (ecolabel compost) and sewage sludge, anaerobic digestion of biowaste, waste-to-energy of clinical waste, 4 treatment plants for hazardous waste (physico-chemical, solidification-stabilisation, oil recovery, and Marpol residues). Electricity production with landfill biogas since 1989 (first in Spain), Biomembrat® for leachate depuration (1st in Spain), laboratory, R&D activities, regional environmental campaigns (1 M€/y), 1,000 m2 visitor centre, pilot plant for microalgae cultivation recovering CO2 of incineration exhaust gases (1st in the world). A 58 M€ MBT plant for 375,000 t/y of MMW, bulky and commercial/industrial waste will be in operation by the end of 2023. Additionally, COGERSA SAU serves most of Asturias’ green points, 9 transfer stations, MMW collection in 40 municipalities, separate collection across the 78 municipalities of Asturias, etc.
Role in the project: Operation of prototype at COGERSA, analytical monitoring of the prototype, effluents characterization, permits management and dissemination at the local level.
DETRICON is a technology and know-how provider in the field of nutrient recovery from liquid waste streams. The nutrient nitrogen is recovered under the form of ammonia and in a second step bound with an acid to form a marketable ammonium salt. DETRICON’s technology is based on a stripping and scrubbing process and produces a technical pure liquid ammonium salt in an energy efficient way. A pilot installation, treating 3 tons per hour of manure and digestate is operated in Belgium and is used as a testing facility for new innovations and other ammonia rich input streams. A patent is pending for DETRICON’s advanced stripping and scrubbing technology. In the ECO innovation project DIGESMART, the market implementation, technology readiness level and LCA analysis were worked out in collaboration with universities in Belgium, Spain and Italy.
Role in the project: Provider of technologies for the recovery of nutrients from wastewater, support the optimization of technologies.