RECYCLES project aims to form an international and intersectoral network of organizations working on a joint research to favour the exploitation and integration of the carbon, nitrogen and sulphur cycles in bioreactors to design optimal treatment trains to recover added-value products out of liquid and gaseous effluents. The strategy will be to combine interdisciplinary approaches to:
investigate innovative unit processes based on partial nitrification for nitrogen recycle, autotrophic denitrification for biosulphur recovery and multienzyme-based bioreactors for CO2 valorisation.
apply technologies that are novel in this field such as moving bed bioreactors, membrane biofilm reactors and enzymatic reactors.
combine biological processes into innovative treatment trains for wastewater treatment and biogas upgrading.
The topic will be addressed from the point of view of circular economy by exploring the potential synergies of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur cycles in wastewater and biogas treatment trains to reduce treatment costs and to increase production of added-value products. From a methodological point of view, the project targets the improvement of existing knowledge of innovative technologies based on immobilized biocatalysts as well as the demonstration of the viability of innovative treatment trains at in-silico, lab- and pilot-scale levels.
The project is interdisciplinary and intersectoral. In fact, the research teams involved include environmental and chemical engineers, biologists and bioinformatics and mathematical modelers, while the companies are complementary being specialized in reactors design and construction and in bioprocess design and control.
Finally, the involvement of the industry will allow to receive feedbacks on the solutions needed from pilot case studies using real effluents and to effectively translate novel scientific outcomes into suitable technologies.