LIFE Multi-AD 4 AgroSMEs consortium develops technology to improve sustainability in the European ag

- The LIFE Multi-AD 4 AgroSMEs project was co-financed by the European Union (LIFE17 ENV/ES/000331).

- A decisive step in the efficient use of water in a strategic sector in Europe.

- The technological solution guarantees a reduction of more than a third in operating costs and a decrease of more than 50% in CO2 emissions.

- The technology produces biogas, which gives it the potential to be energy self-sufficient and move towards industrial decarbonisation.

- The innovative solution will be presented at a conference on 15 June.

 

AEMA | Bondalti, a company dedicated to the treatment and reuse of water, will present on 15 June, at Bodega Institucional La Grajera in Logroño (La Rioja - Spain), an innovative wastewater treatment and reuse system developed within the European LIFE Multi-AD 4 AgroSMEs project.

 

AEMA | Bondalti, is the coordinator of the consortium that developed this initiative co-funded by the European Commission, which aims to establish new levels of efficiency in water management as a critical factor for improving the competitiveness of SMEs in the EU agri-food sector. The consortium also includes SIS SA (Romania), Institutions&Strategies (France), Energygreen Gas SL and ITAINNOVA (Spain).

 

Given the weight of this productive sector in the European business structure - it is the second largest on the continent and 95% of its workforce is made up of SMEs - the responsible and sustainable use of water resources is strategic, and a new technological paradigm is needed to enable businesses to move towards a circular economy model.

Currently, the most widely used water treatment systems in SMEs in the food and beverage industry are aerobic systems. These processes are characterised by high energy demands and high waste production (e.g. sludge), leading to significant operational costs associated with treatment systems.

The reality of a technological leap

The LIFE Multi-AD project responded to the needs of SMEs in the agri-food sector by creating a highly efficient and affordable anaerobic system based on a high-performance multi-stage reactor. The technology enables companies in this sector to improve their sustainability, both economically and environmentally.

 

The innovative Multi-AD solution, implemented on an industrial scale at Bodegas AGE, has demonstrated its ability to reduce wastewater pollution by more than 90%, as well as the potential to reduce the electricity consumption of treatment processes by 186,000 kWh/year and the cost of sludge management by almost 80%.

 

In conjunction with wastewater treatment, Multi-AD technology produces high quality biogas with a methane content of over 80%. This combustible gas is used as a heat source in the wastewater treatment system itself, although it could also be used in other areas of the industrial plant, helping to achieve the decarbonisation target.

 

All these elements make it possible to reduce the operational costs of the water treatment system by more than 35% and halve the carbon footprint associated with wastewater treatment. Multi-AD is therefore an innovative solution that improves industrial sustainability in the agri-food sector.

 

Technology showcase event

Following the positive impact this technology can have on European companies, a conference will be held on 15 June at Bodega Institucional de La Grajera (Logroño, La Rioja), followed by a visit to the facility located at Bodegas AGE (Fuenmayor, La Rioja).

 

The meeting will be an important networking forum with the participation of experts from the water sector, public administrations as well as food and beverage companies who will discuss the benefits of integrating Multi-AD technology into industrial treatment systems.

The conference "Innovative anaerobic solution for industrial sustainability", which is already open for registration to attend in person, can also be streamed by registering at the following link.

 

Innovative anaerobic solution for industrial sustainability

LIFE Multi-AD Conference

15 June 2023 | Bodega Institucional de La Grajera (Logroño, La Rioja) | 9:00 - 14:30 h