Advanced Filtration TEchnologies for the Recovery and Later conversIon of relevant Fractions from wastEwater

Project: EU project

Project Details


AFTERLIFE proposes a flexible, cost- and resource-efficient process framed in the zero-waste and circular economy approach for the recovery and valorisation of the relevant fractions from wastewater. The first step of such process is an initial step consisting of a cascade of membrane filtration units for the separation of the totally of solids in wastewater. Then, the concentrates recovered in each unit will be treated to obtain high-pure extracts and metabolites or, alternatively, to be converted into value-added biopolymers (polyhydroxyalkanoates). Moreover, the outflow of the process is an ultra-pure water stream that can be directly reused.

The outcomes of the project will be focused on:
- Demonstration of an integrated pilot using real wastewater from three water intensive food processing industries (fruit processing, cheese and sweets manufacturing)
- Demonstration of the applicability of the recovered compounds and the value added bioproducts in manufacturing environments

The design and optimisation of the AFTERLIFE process following a holistic approach will contribute to improve performance and reduce the costs associated to wastewater treatment by maximising the value recovery.
Effective start/end date1/09/1728/02/22

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Idener Research & Development Agrupación de Interés Económico (lead)
  • Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant vzw (Project partner)
  • Celabor SCRL (Project partner)
  • Lurederra Haciendo Futuro - Centro Tecnológico (Project partner)
  • MI-PLAST d. o. o. (Project partner)
  • Nova Institut (Project partner)
  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Project partner)
  • Centro Tecnológico Nacional de la Conserva y Alimentación (Project partner)
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  • Jake S.A. (Project partner)
  • Héritage 1466 (Project partner)
  • Citromil S.L. (Project partner)
  • Innoven Srl (Project partner)

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • H2020-EU.3.2.6.


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