The mayor of Ferrol and the Neemo monitor visited the wastewater treatment pilot plant of the  European project LIFE GREEN SEWER.

The R+D+i consortium, led by CETIM Technology Center, seeks for an innovative secondary treatment for  wastewater with  resource recovery.

The circular raw materials obtained from these residues from the WWTP of Cabo Prioriño (Ferrol) are biogas, a stream of water for reuse and a water stream rich in nutrients.


The mayor of Ferrol, Ángel Mato, and the monitor  of Neemo, organisation responsible of monitoring the project designed by the project by the European Commission, reviewed yesterday in person the progress of  the   LIFE GREEN SEWER project during a visit to the plant wastewater treatment  (WWTP) of Cabo Prioriño, in Ferrol.

CETIM Technology Center, as leader and coordinator of  the project, was one of the hosts of the meeting together with representatives of  EMAFESA, the  Compañía mixta de Augas de Ferrol, S.A. and  the other three partners      of the   consortium carrying out this initiative: Magtel Operaciones S.L.U., SOCAMEX S.A.U. and Universitat de Barcelona (UB).

From waste to resources
LIFE GREEN SEWER (LIFE17 ENV/EN/000341) is a European project, co-financed by the  European Commission  under the  LIFE program, which investigates an innovative treatment of  secondary wastewater with recovery of resources to obtain three new raw materials.

On the one hand, biogas from wastewater can produce energy reducing the energy consumption of  the purification process. On the other hand, two  streams of water, one of reuse and a  second  rich in nutrients are obtained from the process in the pilot plan. Additionally, this innovative solution contributes to  the reduction of sludge, improves air quality,  by reducing the emission of  air pollutants, having also a cost reduction of 30%. Other issues like the microbial microbial content as well as emerging contaminants are also improved.

In the last months, CETIM Technology Centre collaborated with the rest of the partners in the manufacture and star-up of the pilot plant, which was installed in January 2022 within the Ferrol WWTP where validation tests have begun.