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LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed some 4306 projects. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.

LIFE Impetus is a LIFE14 project under the sub-programme for Environment (LIFE14 ENV/PT/000739).

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LIFE Hymemb Tailoring hybrid membrane processes for sustainable drinking water production.
LNEC (coordinator) and Águas do Algarve are the beneficiaries of LIFE Hymemb, which aims at demonstrating the hybrid process of powdered activated carbon adsorption (PAC)/ceramic microfiltration (MF) as a resilient and sustainable solution for controlling pharmaceutical compounds, pesticides, cyanotoxins, viruses and protozoan (oo)cysts in drinking water treatment. The project strategy involves the selection of a short-list of representative target-contaminants to be controlled, the PAC selection and application (tailoring) for specific contaminants and the benchmarking between PAC/MF and PAC conventional addition in Alcantarilha Water Treatment Plant (WTP) (Algarve, Portugal). The long-term demonstration character of the project (> 1 year) is being accomplished with a PAC/MF prototype developed by LNEC which is operating in Alcantarilha WTP. Both projects will benefit from the sharing of experiences, namely from the technological point of view, regarding the use of activated carbon adsorption and coagulation for PhCs’ control, the analytical methods for PhCs’ quantification, the cost-benefit analysis, etc.

LIFE aWARE Innovative hybrid MBR-(PAC-NF) systems to promote water reuse.

LNEC together with Aigües de Barcelona are Associated Beneficiaries of LIFE aWARE, coordinated by CETAqua (Barcelona, Spain). LNEC’s role in LIFE aWARE is to select and optimise at lab-scale the PACs for PAC/NF hybrid process.

Many lessons, knowledge and experience may be shared between LIFE aWARE and LIFE Impetus projects with respect to micropollutants in the water cycle and the associated environmental-health issues in Spain and in Portugal, PhC’s control in WWTPs, the activated carbon adsorption technology, the cost-benefit analysis, etc.

Water_2020 Conceiving Wastewater Treatment in 2020 - Energetic, environmental and economic challenges

LIFE SEACAN project will foster the reduction of the environmental impact caused by the fish transforming industries by addressing the integrated management of nutrients and organic pollution for the achievement of the Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive requirements. The results attained for the study developed in the Galician coastline can be transferred to other coastal areas in Europe, where industrial activity is causing the same environmental problems that are being faced by Galician estuaries.

To reduce the environmental pressure exerted in the marine environment by the effluents generated by fish canneries located in coastal areas. LIFE SEACAN aims at demonstrating effective treatment systems that will allow decreasing the impact of the industrial activity on marine ecosystems. Environmental pressure will be reduced by application of biofilm-based effluent treatment systems and the effect of proposed treatment technology will be assessed by benthic ecosystem monitoring.

The project is coordinated by Cetaqua, water technology center, and it counts on the participation as partners of the University of Santiago de Compostela and the University of Vigo.

LIFE EMPORE will demonstrate an innovative, cost-efficient and highly replicable technology for the removal of Emerging Pollutants from urban wastewater. For this purpose, a pilot plant is due to be designed and will be integrated into the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) of Benidorm (Spain). The prototype, which is mobile, will have a treatment capacity up to 5 m3/h. It will consist of four principal processing units: filtration/adsorption by columns, filtration by membrane technology, Electrochemical Advanced Oxidation Processes (EAOPs) and Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs).

The project is coordinated by Laboratorios Tecnológicos de Levante and it counts on the participation as partners of the EPSAR - Entidad Pública de Saneamiento de Aguas Residuales de la Comunidad Valenciana, Unesco-IHE, the Universidad de Alicante, AIDIMME and CONSOMAR.