​The following activities are part of the project:

  • Identify high potential value chains for raw materials from sewage.

  • Develop a Decision Support Tool that guides sewage treatment plants in their transition towards a circular approach on sewage.

  • Build and run three WOW! pilots to optimize and implement innovative recovery and upcycling techniques.

  • Create bioproducts made out of sewage, such as bioplastics, biofuel and bio-char.

  • Create national policy action plans and an EU policy roadmap.

From  sewage to valuable materials 

Sewage contains valuable substances that can be used as raw materials for biobased products. In North-West Europe, the potential is hardly exploited yet.  Conventional sewage treatments result in the loss of valuable materials and increased  COemissions. There are market opportunities for raw materials from sewage, but for this, the sewage treatment plants and the industry need an alignment. This calls for a transition: sewage treatment plants need to switch from treating sewage to producing valuable materials.

The Interreg North-West Europe project WOW! – Wider business Opportunities for raw materials from waste water (sewage) – aims to make the transition to a more circular approach by matching supply and demand of cellulose, lipids and PHA bioplastics from sewage. The international consortium consists of partners from the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. To seize these opportunities, the consortium aims to develop value chains for three different raw materials from sewage: cellulose, PHA bioplastics and lipids. Cellvaiton  as a part of the WOW! project, is dedicated to upcycling cellulose from sewage and to transforming recovered cellulose into marketable materials with a wide range of applications. This project is supported by the Interreg North-West Europe program and CirTec has received co-financing from the Province of Noord-Holland.

P A R T N E R S 

  • Water authority Vallei en Veluwe

  • Wupperverbandsgesellschaft für integrale Wasserwirtschaft

  • Technische Universität Kaiserlautern

  • Université du Luxembourg

  • VLARIO

  • Natureplast

  • Avans University of Applied Sciences

  • REMONDIS Aqua Industrie

  • VITO

  • Pulsed Heat

  • CirTec

  • Severn Trent Water

WOW! project is supported by Interreg North-West Europe 

CirTec has received co-financing from the province of Noord-Holland 

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