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    LIFE NECOVERY presents “Wastewater doesn’t exist anymore” video series

    Why is it necessary to change the concept of wastewater treatment? How would experts describe the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) of the future? When will WWTP be self-sufficient facilities or even resources production sites? Who should promote this change? The …

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    LIFE NECOVERY presents its After-LIFE Communication Plan

    The main aim of After LIFE communication Plan is to ensure the continuity of communication and dissemination activities once the project is finished in order to guarantee the impact of the project in the future. In concrete, the LIFE NECOVERY …

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    LIFE NECOVERY Layman’s report now available

    The LIFE NECOVERY Layman’s Report is now available online. This document presents the project objectives, activities and main results in a visual and informative way. You can download the LIFE NECOVERY Layman’s Report here.

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Final results

“A new concept of WWTP: an innovative WWTP flowsheet to maximise energy and nutrients recovery”


The LIFE NECOVERY project has demonstrated that a new concept of wastewater treatment based on resources recovery may be feasible from a technical, economic and environmental point of view.

  • Two different technologies have been evaluated at pilot-scale: carbon redirection or biosorption (A-stage) and nitrogen recovery through ion-exchange process with zeolites (B-stage). The combination of both technologies may represent a promising alternative to the conventional plants based on activated sludge processes with carbon and nitrogen removal.
  • The LIFE NECOVERY treatment train is today more expensive than conventional treatments, mainly due to higher CAPEX and high OPEX of the nitrogen recovery step, especially zeolites and chemical consumption.
  • Carbon redirection improves the overall energy balance of the WWTP.
  • The LIFE NECOVERY WWTP presents a reduction around the 85% of the impact on climate change, compared to a conventional WWTP.