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Project Accelerate Membrane Development for Urban Sewage Purification

- Over the past decade, membrane bioreactors have been increasingly implemented to purify municipal wastewater. However, even with submerged membranes which offer the lowest costs, the MBR technology remains in most cases more expensive than conventional processes. In addition, the European municipal MBR market is to date a duopoly of two non-European producers, despite many initiatives to develop local MBR filtration systems.

Project number SUSTDEV-2004-3.II.3.2.2 Contract No.: 018328 - AMEDEUS
Geographical coverage France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany
Budget (in €) 5900000
Programme INCO MED (FP6)
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Objectives - The proposed AMEDEUS research project aims at tackling both issues, accelerating the development of competitive European MBR filtration technologies, as well as increasing acceptance of the MBR process through decreased capital and operation costs. The project will target the two markets for MBR technology in Europe: the construction of small plants (semicentral, 50 to 2,000pe, standardized & autonomous), and the medium-size plants (central, up to 100.000pe) for plantupgrade.

- Technological development of new MBR systems will be fostered by a consortium composed of 11 partners, of which five SMEs proposing novel concepts of low-cost and high-performance filtration systems. Two end-users, three non-profit institutions and a university, all of them well versed in R&D in the MBR field, will investigate solutions to reduce operation costs such as fouling control, membrane cleaning optimisation, aeration decrease, or optimise capital costs through improved implementation of membrane bioreactor process. Furthermore, an analysis of the potential for standardisation will be performed, and a technology transfer towards Southern and Eastern Europe will be organised in order to facilitate the penetration of these new markets. AMEDEUS will achieve concrete and realistic technological breakthroughs for the MBR technology, and improve the current process engineering and operation practices. It will improve the competitiveness of the MBR European market and render common this high-tech process for municipal wastewater treatment.

The AMEDEUS project is structured in 11 Work Packages which will address the 4 technological fields of MBR process to achieve overall improvement and increased acceptance of the technology:
1. Filtration material and fouling control
2. Module and filtration system
3. Process, system integration and engineering
4. Operation

WP1 Textile material for MBR filtration
WP2 Fouling control strategies and on-line sensors of fouling indicators
WP3 Development of 4 innovative MBR technologies and optimised cleanings
WP4 Analysis on standardisation of MBR
WP5 Biological modelling of MBR and impact of primary sedimentation
WP6 Implementation of submerged module inside or outside of reactor
WP7 Design of a range of containerised and standardised MBR plants
WP8 Advanced data acquisition, supervision and control system for MBR
WP9 Design and control of dual MBR configurations for plant refurbishment
WP10 Results integration, dissemination and clustering activities
WP11 Management and reporting

Period [01/10/2005 - 30/09/2008]


  • KompetenzZentrum Wasser Berlin gemeinnützige GmbH

    The Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin (KWB - Berlin Centre of Competence for Water) is an international centre for water research and knowledge transfer. Capacities of the Berlin universities and research institutes, the Berlinwasser group of companies and Veolia (formerly Vivendi Water) are combined into the KWB.

    Coordinator acts as project coordinator
    Country Germany
    Web site
    Contact Dr. Boris Lesjean,
    Position: Project coordinator
    Phone/fax: + 49 (0)30 536 53-806/-801 ; +49 (0)30-53653-800, +49 (0)30-53653-888

Funding sources

  • European Commission
    €3.0 m EU subvention
    Source EC INCO MED
    Programme INCO MED
    Funding rate 51
  • Australian government
    €0.2 m from Australian government
    Source Australian government
    Funding rate 3