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Reference Number EP/P001564/1
Title Experimental Biology and Engineering at the Pilot Scale - Strategic Equipment
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 75%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 25%;
Research Types Equipment 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr RJ (Russell ) Davenport
No email address given
Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2016
End Date 30 June 2021
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £1,196,635
Industrial Sectors Environment; Water
Region North East
Programme NC : Engineering, NC : Infrastructure
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr RJ (Russell ) Davenport , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Professor TP (Thomas ) Curtis , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr AP Jarvis , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor WA Hofer , Chemistry, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northumbrian Water Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Environmental Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , UK Water Industry Research Ltd (UKWIR) (0.000%)
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Abstract This National Facility for Experimental Biology and Engineering at the Pilot Scale aims to fulfill a strategically and critically important research infrastructure gap that prevents the sustainable provision of clean water for all. Our current decentralized wastewater treatment model needs replacing with those that generate energy from waste and recover resources such as nutrients. Wastewater treatment alone accounts for up to 1.0% of total UK and 1.3% of US electricity. It is both capitally and operationally expensive, for which the customer ultimately pays.In the next century the global water industry must transition to novel low carbon low energy technologies that will recover value from wastewater while cleaning it to a high standard. The rigorous, replicated large-scale experimentation vital to meeting this goal is risky, costly and a significant barrier to innovation. This shared Facility will allow multiple international and national researchers to conduct large-scale experimental investigation of water engineering innovations that are scientifically rigorous and industrially credible. It will set a new global standard for wastewater research and place the UK as an international centre for innovation in wastewater treatment.Most innovations die on the academic lab benches and are not effectively translated into engineering reality. This is because lab-scale innovations lack credibility with Industry practitioners. Most large-scale pilot studies are un-replicated, lack control and thus the rigor and prestige of the lab. The skepticism of practitioners is well founded. The scale-up of even relatively simple physical-chemical and single species reactors is complex and challenging. In open biological wastewater treatment systems, the composition and dynamics of the quintillion (billion billion billion) bacteria at the real larger scale differ profoundly from the thousand billion bacteria we see at the bench scale.This National Facility will consist of replicated transportable custom-built modular wastewater treatment plants at 1-12 m^3 scale that includes conventional (activated sludge and trickling filters), new energy generating technologies (microbial electrochemical fuel cells and anaerobic reactors), and wetlands/lagoons that can be used to treat polluted run-off water in rural and city places (e.g. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems). These resources will help to reduce barriers to innovation by allowing the Water Industry and the next generation of water engineers and managers to accelerate the translation of innovations from research into the real world for the benefit of the economy, the customer and the environment we rely upon.
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