DFR Systems | CEBIOTREAT
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CEBIOTREAT

General Info

Project financed by ERA-NET COFUND MANUNET-III-2017
For the Romanian partners the project is funded by U.E.F.I.S.C.D.I. – www.uefiscdi.ro
For the Turkish partner the project is funded by TÜBİTAK – www.tubitak.gov.tr/en/
Acronym: CEBIOTREAT
Contract no — for Romanian partners: 214/01.03.2018
Domain: Manufacturing technologies for environmental and energy applications including resource efficiency and recycling

Project Partners

  1. DFR Systems (Romania) – Project coordinator: Gabriel Petrescu
  2. ARGES ARITMA MAKİNA LTD. ŞTİ. (Turkey) – Project responsible: Ahmet Isitman
  3. University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (Romania) – Project responsible: Octavian Dontu

Misc.

Project implementation period: 01/03/2018 – 28/02/2020
Project Duration: 24 months

Abstract

The main objective is to deliver a solution capable of achieving great energy savings in WWTPs with minimum costs. A new type of aeration system based on diffusers with high endurance and reliability made from corrosion resistant metals will be developed. Several fine bubble diffusers (with 0.3 0.5 mm apertures) will be realized with an unconventional method (electroerosion) and tested in laboratory conditions. After this stage, the best aeration system will be tested in situ in 4 WWTPs (2 in Romania and 2 in Turkey) and the efficiency of the dissolved oxygen mass transfer will be determined. The new type of diffuser will be tested in 2 Conventional Activated Sludge (CAS) WWTPs and in 2 WWTPs that has implemented the Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) technology. An ultrasound system will be mounted, on each aeration system, to prevent diffusers clogging. Furthermore, a new shape and material will be proposed for the realization of biofilm carriers to increase the biological treatment efficiency.

Needs Addressed

The power consumption in urban and industrial WWTPs has increased considerably during last decades due to the higher volume of treated wastewater. Energy consumption is the largest budget item of a European WWTP.

The energy demand in this sector will probably increase in the near future because of population growth and because of the need to comply with stricter European regulations in the field of water treatment, generating more energy intensive processes. Furthermore, the generation of greenhouse gasses (GHG) has become important for wastewater treatment. So, CEBIOTREAT is addressing to this general problem of power consumption in WWTPs and try to minimize the negative effects on the environment. Beside the power consumption, another widespread problem of the WWTPs with fine bubble diffusers is related to their maintenance.

Maintenance activities for elastomer diffusers should be monthly and yearly scheduled as follows:

  1. Monthly. Increase the air flow to the diffusers 2 to 3 times normal for about 15 minutes to blow out the biological growths that have accumulated around the diffuser orifices. As a result, the power consumption is greater.
  2. Yearly, or as conditions warrant. Diffusers that are allowed to remain in a defective condition reduce the diffusers’ effectiveness and will result in inefficient wastewater treatment. Also, an increased efficiency of the biological stage, due to the new biofilm carrier, will lead to a reduced footprint for the entire WWTP.

Estimated Results

  • 10 types of air diffusers (with 0.3-0.5 mm apertures) made from corrosion resistant metals
  • 1 ultrasound system to prevent diffusers clogging
  • 1 automation system
  • 1 new shape and material will be proposed for the realization of biofilm carriers to increase the biological treatment efficiency
  • 2 patent requests
  • 2 ISI articles published/accepted for publishing

CEBIOTREAT Project Objectives

The main purpose of CEBIOTREAT is to reduce the energy consumption in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) by 20% for conventional activated sludge WWTPs and by 40% for Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) WWTPs and to increase the efficiency of the biological stage.

A new type of aeration system based on fine-bubble diffusers with high endurance and reliability made from corrosion resistant metals will be developed.  The diffusers will be realized using electroerosion.  Also, CEBIOTREAT proposes a new automation solution for the aeration system, with mobile phone control. The diffusers will be designed to be use in all biological treatments, especially for the MBBR process, first developed in Norway (Ødegaard, 2013). The fine-bubbles diffusers will be also tested for conventional activated sludge WWTPs. The MBBR process needs a special aeration system because the biofilm carriers are floating inside the wastewater mass and butting the aeration system. More than that a new type of biofilm carrier will be designed and tested together with the new aeration system. The new biofilm carrier, proposed by CEBIOTREAT, will lead to an increase efficiency of the biological treatment stage.

In conclusion, the overall aim of CEBIOTREAT is to deliver a solution capable of achieving energy savings in WWTPs with minimum costs together with an increased biological treatment efficiency.

Project Budget as Mentioned in the Project Proposal

Partner Name Costs
(EUR)
Partner Contribution
(EUR)
Requested Funding
(EUR)
SC DFR Systems SRL 181.068,00 54.228,00 126.840,00
ARGES ARITMA MAKİNA LTD. ŞTİ. 171.575,00 42.894,00 128.681,00
University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest 88.160,00 0,00 88.160,00
TOTAL 440.803,00 97.122,00 343.681,00

Project Implementation

The project implementation is done according to the Consortium Agreement. The purpose of the consortium agreement is to specify the relationship among the Partners, in particular concerning the organization of the work between the Partners, the management of the Project and the rights and obligations of the Partners regarding the project and the results of the CEBIOTREAT. The project works and the responsibilities for the tasks of each Partner are to be arranged as agreed in the Project Plan.

DFR Systems SRL, as the Coordinating Partner and will be responsible for the project management in accordance with the Manunet Guidelines.

Dissemination Activities

Main Dissemination Activities Mentioned in the Project Proposal

  1. CEBIOTREAT webpage
  2. Participation in symposia and conferences
  3. ISI rated articles
  4. Articles publishing in scientific journals
  5. Patent request
  6. Project poster

Dissemination Activities

I. Published articles

  1. Ioana Corina Moga, Ioan Ardelean, Octavian Grigore Donțu, Cristina Moisescu, Nicolae Băran, Gabriel Petrescu, Iulian Voicea, Materials and technologies used in wastewater treatment, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, (ISI indexed without FI), Vol. 374, No. 1, pg. 012079-012074
    http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/374/1/012079/pdf
  2. Eugen Tămășanu, Mădălina Zamfir, Nicolae Băran, Mihaela Constantin, Corina Moga, A new solution for water aeration, HIDRAULICA – Magazine of Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Tribology, Ecology, Sensorics, Mechatronics, ISSN 1453 – 7303, no. 2/2018, pg. 22-28
    http://hidraulica.fluidas.ro/2018/nr2/HIDRAULICA_Magazine_no2-2018.pdf
  3. Octavian Dontu, Ioana Corina Moga, Beatrice Tănase, Nicolae Băran, Gheorghe I. Gheorghe, Edgar Moraru, Researches regarding the use of additive technologies in the construction of water aeration elements, Proceedings of the International Conference of Mechatronics and Cyber-MixMechatronics – 2018, ISSN 2367-3370 ISSN 2367-3389 (electronic), ISBN 978-3-319-96357-0 ISBN 978-3-319-96358-7 (eBook), SpringerLink, pg. 7-12
    https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-96358-7_3
  4. Gheorghe I. Gheorghe, Octavian Donțu, Nicolae Băran, Corina Moga, Mihaela Constantin, Eugen Tămășanu, Researches on the measurement of the dissolved oxygen concentration in stationary waters, Proceedings of the International Conference of Mechatronics and Cyber-MixMechatronics – 2018, ISSN 2367-3370 ISSN 2367-3389 (electronic), ISBN 978-3-319-96357-0 ISBN 978-3-319-96358-7 (eBook), SpringerLink, pg. 29-40
    https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-96358-7_4
  5. Mihaela Constantin, Corina Moga, Beatrice Tănase, Nicolae Băran, Mădălina Zamfir, Comparative analysis of pneumatic water air aeration systems, International Symposium ISB-INMA TEH, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering, vol. 7, 2017, Print: ISSN 2344 – 4118, CD-ROM: ISSN 2344 – 4126 Online: ISSN 2537 3773 ISSN-L 2344 4118, pg. 27 – 34
  6. Nicolae Băran, Mihaela Constantin, Beatrice Tănase, Edgar Moraru, Corina Ioana Moga, Influence of fine bubble generator architecture on time variation of dissolved oxygen concentration in water, accepted for publishing in Chemistry Magazine, vol. 70, no.6/2019 (ISI, FI: 1,42)

II. Conferences participation

  1. International Conference on Innovative Research – ICIR, 17-18 May 2018, Bucharest, Romania 
    http://fmvb.ro/english/evenim/209-agriculture-for-life-life-for-agriculture-2018
    Poster: Materials and Technologies Used in Wastewater Treatment. Authors: Ioana Corina Moga, Ioan Ardelean, Octavian Grigore Donțu, Cristina Moisescu, Nicolae Băran, Gabriel Petrescu, Iulian Voicea
    Poster presented by Ioana Corina Moga – project responsible from DFR Systems SRL

  1. ISB-INMA TEH 2018 International Symposium, 01-03 November 2018, Bucharest, Romania
    http://isb.pub.ro/isb-inmateh/
    http://isb.pub.ro/wp-content/isbinmateh/2018/Programme_2018.pdf
    Presented paper: Comparative analysis of pneumatic water air aeration systems. Authors: Mihaela Constantin, Corina Moga, Beatrice Tănase, Nicolae Băran, Mădălina Zamfir
  2. 2nd International Conference of MECHATRONICS & CYBER-MIXMECHATRONICS “ICOMECYME”, 06-07 September 2018, Bucharest, Romania
    Presented paper: Researches regarding the use of additive technologies in the construction of water aeration elements. Authors: Octavian Dontu, Ioana Corina Moga, Beatrice Tănase, Nicolae Băran, Gheorghe I. Gheorghe, Edgar Moraru
    http://www.incdmtm.ro/icomecyme2018/docs/ICOMECYME%202018_Agenda.pdf
  3. 3rd International Congress on Applied Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment, 08-11 November 2018, Volos, Greece
    http://hydromedit.gr/
    Poster: Biological Wastewater Treatment Used in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. Authors: Ioana Corina Moga, Gabriel Petrescu, Roxana Buzea, Bogdan Iulian Doroftei
  4. 2nd International Conference of MECHATRONICS & CYBER-MIXMECHATRONICS „ICOMECYME”, 06-07 September 2018, Bucharest, Romania
    Presented paper: Researches on the measurement of the dissolved oxygen concentration in stationary waters. Authors: Gheorghe I. Gheorghe, Octavian Donțu, Nicolae Băran, Corina Moga, Mihaela Constantin, Eugen Tămășanu
    http://www.incdmtm.ro/icomecyme2018/docs/ICOMECYME%202018_Agenda.pdf

III. Participations in exhibitions of inventions

  1. EUROINVENT, European Exhibition of Creativity and Innovation, May 17-19, 2018, Iasi, Romania. At the Invention Salon DFR Systems participated with its own stand where a poster of the CEBIOTREAT project was presented.

  1. International Exhibition of Technical Innovations, Patents, and Inventions – INVENT ARENA 2018, 20-22 June, Třinec, Czech Republic. At the Invent Arena, DFR Systems participated with 1 poster of the CEBIOTREAT project – the poster was displayed in the stand of the Romanian Inventors Forum (FIR).

List of Awards

2018 – Silver Medal at Invent Arena, 20-22 June 2018, Třinec/WERK ARENA, Czech Republic
2018 – Special Award from Association of Polish Inventors and Rationalizers at Invent Arena, 20-22 June 2018, Třinec/WERK ARENA, Czech Republic
2018 – Silver Medal at European Exhibition of Creativity and Innovation, 17-19 May 2018, Iasi, Romania