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.

LIFE ENRICH in numbers

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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.

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Find out the technologies we have developed and the solution proposed by LIFE ENRICH. This 360º virtual tour tour includes interactive materials, such as videos, to learn more about how LIFE ENRICH boosts synergies between water and agriculture. Do you have a VR headset? Use it for a more inmersive experience!  

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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:

42% of P

(>50% as struvite)

11% of N

from wastewater

3.3% reduction of the total OPEX

of the WWTPs


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