Waste water treatment for Second Generation Sustainable Electric Power Generating Wetlands: The "smart" wetland. (SMART WETLAND)


A-CING, integrated in consortia formed by Research Centres (IMDEA, CENTA, INTA-CAB) and the Spanish private company Euroestudios, has been approved by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness within the framework of the INNPACTO 2012 programme of financial aid for the R&D project called Smart Wetland.

The project is developed in the frame of bioelectrogenesis, novel process by which certain bacteria can oxidize organic matter directly transferring electrons generated conductive to a solid surface, for example, graphite. In this way it is possible to generate and store clean energy.

Within INNPACTO 2010 Program, a consortium which also involved IMDEA, Euroestudios and CENTA is working on AQUAELECTRA project (www.aquaelectra.es) with the objectives of developing a natural system of wastewater treatment by bioelectrogenic wetlands, establish a bioelectrogenetic anaerobic treatment system for wastewater and build a bioelectrogenic removal of nutrients (nitrogen).

SMART WETLAND project aims to optimize and improve the efficiency of the operation and management of the systems developed in the previous project by using alternative energy sources (renewable) and the use of new information technologies and communication.

A-CING participates in the project focused on the development of a wetland bioelectrogenetic "smart", able to self-manage their electrochemical performance in response to wastewater characteristics. A-CING is also responsible for the development of a monitoring system for remote control of wetland operating parameters.