LIFE ENRICH

Boosting synergies between water and agriculture sectors

A project that seeds innovation and promotes changes

LIFE ENRICH is an European project funded under Life programme whose objective is to contribute to the circular economy through the recovery of nutrients from wastewater and their use as crop fertilizers.

LIFE ENRICH will bring this objective to the practise by developing an innovative treatment train integrating leading-edge technologies that will enable an efficient recovery of both Nitrogen and Phosphorus contained in the wastewater, as ammonium salts and struvite, respectively. The products obtained will be blended in order to obtain suitable fertilizers for the target crops.

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The exponential growth of the human population and economy causes wide-scale pollution with long-lasting effects and implies each time more intense consumption of limited natural resources. In this context, one of the most effective ways to minimize environmental impacts is to transform the economy built upon produce, use and throw away basis into a circular one. This is precisely the way the LIFE ENRICH plays.

Main outputs and achievements

ENRICH business model

determining the best strategy to follow for a profitable production and commercialization of the products made from recovered nutrients

Treatment and operational train for N and P recovery

in WWTPs, enabling to recover:

40% of P

50% of N

10% reduction of the total OPEX

of the WWTPs

MEET THE TEAM

  • UPC

    The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialized in the fields of engineering, architecture and science. The UPC puts its scientific and technological infrastructure at the service of research groups and centers, researchers and students, professionals, companies and institutions
  • Suez Advanced Solutions

    Suez Advanced Solutions provides consultancy services and technological solutions to confront challenges of the water cycle in the urban, industrial, agriculture and environmental sectors, contributing to its optimum management in three aspects: technical, economic and environmental.
  • UPV

    The Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) is a public, dynamic, and innovative institution that educates people in order to enhance their skills; researches and generates knowledge, with the assurance of quality, rigor and ethics, in the fields of science, technology, art and business.
  • Aigües del Segarra Garrigues

    Aigües del Segarra Garrigues is a private company with an expertise in fertilizing and irrigation systems which mission is to execute land consolidation projects, drafting of projects, execution of works and exploitation of the system distribution network Segarra Garrigues irrigation.
  • Cetaqua

    Cetaqua is a model of public-private collaboration that was created to ensure the sustainability and efficiency of the water cycle while taking regional needs into account.
  • Aguas de Murcia

    Aguas de Murcia (EMUASA) is a joint venture service company, 51% owned by the City of Murcia and 49% owned by HIDROGEA, that manages the water cycle in the municipality of Murcia, serving nearly 445,086 people divided between the urban centre, the surrounding countryside and 54 villages.
  • IRTA

    IRTA is a public research institution, part of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Environment of the Government of Catalonia. IRTA’s mission is to contribute to modernising, improving, boosting competitiveness, and fostering sustainable development in the agrifood sector.