22nd March 2016, Leeds University Business School, UK
Over the past decade it has been apparent that the UK Water Industry can make a major contribution to the Government aims of a Circular Economy in which materials from wastes are returned to other productive parts of the economy, thus reducing the amount of waste for ultimate disposal. Estimates by Defra of the potential annual value to UK businesses are as high as £23 billion and this could be achieved through low cost or no cost improvements in use of resources. Globally, McKinsey has estimated the annual value of resource efficiency as up to $3.7 trillion. This has led to a significant research initiative to identify potential resources available for recovery from wastewaters. It has long been recognised that the potential energy in domestic wastewater is in excess of the energy required for its full treatment and thus energy recovery was one of the first technologies to be adopted on a wide scale in the UK. The success of this approach has meant that energy neutral wastewater treatment will be a real possibility within the next two decades. Attention is now focused on other materials in particular the nutrients N and P. It is thought that if all the P available in domestic wastewaters could be recovered it would reduce our imports of this material to close to zero. However economically viable P recovery is difficult due to its low concentration and low unit cost and thus with existing capital-intensive technologies, it is only viable at the larger works. Again a significant research initiative is underway to develop lower cost technologies that can be applied at smaller facilities.
It is the aim of this event to examine those technologies that have recently emerged and been successfully applied for resource recovery at a commercial scale. As well as learning of how these technologies have been applied and the benefits they bring, it will help to inform delegates as to what makes a successful research project and how the impact of such projects can be optimized. It will also look to the future and examine other potential resources that might be recovered economically and consider the best approaches to ensure the commercial success of any research initiatives investigating such routes.
Delegates attending this conference will also have access to the IWA Wastewater Pond Technologies conference on the 22nd March.Speakers include:
Marsh Industries, UK
University of Southampton
Sustec Consulting and Contracting, The Netherlands
Depuracion de Aguas del Mediterraneo, Spain
Cranfield University and Thames Water, UK
KWR Watercycle Research Institute, The Netherlands
University of Surrey and Thames Water, UK
Power and Water
Systems S&P and Suez Advanced Solutions UK