Improvements in nitrogen removal in WWTPs

The artIC4nr project aims to accelerate and stimulate the market deployment of the art-ICA automatic controllers

Kick-off meeting at CEIT

The Consortium of the ARTICA4nr project at CEIT-IK4‘s headquarters

The kick-off meeting of the European project artICA4nr was held this past July 9. Funded by the European Commission’s Eco-innovation initiative, the project’s primary aim is to accelerate and stimulate the market deployment of art-ICA, a product for the automatic control of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and the removal of nitrogen that is being jointly developed by MSI-Grupo and CEIT-IK4.

The art-ICA controllers have been operating in the Galindo WWTP (Bilbao) and the Mekolalde WWTP (Bergara) for several years, demonstrating their outstanding capacity for improving the quality of treated water and reducing energy consumption.

The challenge in the coming years will be to grow the product’s sales exponentially. To do this, the project’s planned exploitation and commercial dissemination activities (organizing workshops in Spain, attending international trade fairs, publishing in specialist journals, etc.) will be complemented by the installation of art-ICA in at least four new WWTPs, two in Spain and two in Portugal.

In addition to coordinating the project, CEIT-IK4‘s tasks will primarily focus on the issue of optimum settings by simulating the product’s parameters in every WWTP.

In addition to MSI and CEIT-IK4, other project partners are the public water management companies Canal de Isabel II Gestión (Spain) and Simtejo (Portugal), and the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal).

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