LIFE+WOGAnMBR: our bid for sustainable quality
Two months away from its closing, the project LIFE+WOGAnMBR, coordinated by Burgos University, we are proud of the results of this experienced aimed at turning our product manufacturing process into a more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The drive is to meet one of our commitments: to achieve the maximum quality with a total respect towards the Environment.
In July 2014 we decided at Eurofrits to go one step beyond in our commitment with the Environment and we joined the project LIFE+WOGAnMBR, which is part of the EU´S LIFE program, participated by Burgos University, along with CETaqua (Technological Centre for Water), the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverages (FIAB) and the food and beverages company Pepsico.
The project´s goal is to confront the main problem associated with water consumption in industrial processes: its contamination, especially in terms of oils and fats, prevents, or at least hinders, a later reutilisation. LIFE+WOGAnMBR wants to demonstrate the technical, economical and environmental feasibility of a ground-breaking membrane anaerobic bioreactor (AnMBR) to achieve an efficient process that digests organic matter produces biogas and filters water. “This is an efficient system that makes possible to digest organic matter, produce biogas and filter water, which makes to possible to keep sludge production to its minimum, aside from being self-sufficient energy-wise“, we are told by representatives of this project, led by Burgos University (UBU).
The initiative has allowed the construction of a modular pilot plant that has been tested in our factory in Burgos and at Pepsico facilities, also based in Burgos. With the membrane system devised we obtain an ultra filtration of industrial wastewater that makes them perfectly apt for irrigation use, given that all sorts of particles likely to cause clogging disappear at the end of the process.
The results so far have been very positive. The pilot plant “has worked with different organic charges, ranging values from 2 up to 4,5 kgDQO/m3∙d (chemical demand of oxygen per cubic metre), with biomass performing well, allowing us to reach up to 9,600 daily litres of biogas with a methane quality of 75 per cent”.
At Eurofrits we feel proud to be a part of this project, which will very soon be reproduced in other industries, since it may be adapted to different waters and processes, depending on whether there is a higher or lower organic charge. The objective for the future will be to introduce it in the factories structure. At Eurofrits we feel proud to contribute to the preservation of the Environment.
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