AEMA leads large-scale project for wastewater treatment in SME
Creating tools and methodologies that ensure efficient water management as a critical factor for the competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies from the agri-food sector is the objective of the European LIFE Multi-AD program, whose implementation is in charge of a consortium led by AEMA.
AEMA, a Bondalti’s group company, is the coordinator of the consortium that is developing the LIFE Multi-AD project, a program that aims to create a fully automated system for the treatment of wastewater generated by small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in the agri-food sector in the European Union.
AEMA's participation in this project financed by the European Commission includes the application of a high performance multistage anaerobic reactor, patented by AEMA, which constitutes the technological basis of the program. This equipment treats effluents through the degradation of organic matter through the metabolism of microorganisms.
The technological solution developed by AEMA will improve the sustainability of SMEs in the agri-food sector, by valuing the organic load of wastewater and the production of biogas, which will be used as a source of renewable energy, thus saving natural resources and reducing the carbon footprint.
The first unit of this reactor was installed in a leading company in the wine sector in Spain, based in the Rioja region. With a daily capacity to treat up to 120 m3 of wastewater, the equipment produces up to 250 m3 of biogas and generates up to about 1700 kWh of renewable energy. The test period in which it finds itself aims to demonstrate its capacity in the technical, economic and environmental aspects.
The efficient management of water and the responsible and sustainable use of water resources is one of the main challenges for the agri-food industry in the coming years, as an essential factor for its competitiveness. Research, technological development and innovation are essential to propose solutions that allow companies to move to a circular economy model.