LIFE Waste2Coag aims to demonstrate an innovative and cost-efficient technology based on the electrolysis of wastes to produce coagulants for the removal of pollutants in urban and industrial wastewater, including emerging pollutants and pathogens.

LIFE Waste2Coag boosts the circular economy in water treatment plants and creates synergies with other sectors, as industrial scrap metallic wastes and brines generated in different industries are valorised, including wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and desalination plants (DP).  

Design and construct an electrolytic pilot prototype (ELS)

To produce coagulants by direct recovery of brines and metal scraps instead of using conventional primary sources of non-renewable origin

Develop operational and maintenance protocols

To optimise the operational parameters of the ELS taking into account the characteristics of both the brines and metal wastes, as well as the final use of the coagulant (chemical nature and concentration)

Produce formulations of iron (Fe) and aluminium (Al) based coagulants with neutral pH

And demonstrate their effectiveness in the removal of pollutants from wastewater

Quantify the economic and environmental feasibility of the ELS

By conducting Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Cost Assessment (LCC) and Social LIfe Cycle Assessment (S-LCA)

Obtain economical savings associated with in-house production and usage of coagulants

And therefore reducing operational costs in the exploitation of WWTPs

Determine the economic potential of the process and products obtained in view of future commercialisation

Through the development of a business plan

Communicate, disseminate and transfer the project results for their wider implementation and replication in different sectors

Sectors where water purification and treatment is required such as tanning and the food industry, both in Europe and elsewhere

Promote ELS as a sustainable, autonomous and decentralised technology

By proposing the inclusion of this technology as best available technology (BAT) in EU policies

The project is aligned and contributes to the European Circular Economy Action Plan, Green Deal Communication, EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change, and Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, among others.