The European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) organised jointly with the Phos4You (P4Y) project (an Interreg North-West Europe project), the Swiss partner School of Life Science FHNW, the German Phosphorus Platform DPP and Basel Area.swiss the European Nutrient event on October 18th – 20th, 2017 in Basel, Switzerland.
The European Nutrient Event dealt with the topic of Phosphorus recovery and recycling. The three-days event included the knowledge exchange on Phosphorus recycling legislation and implementation in Switzerland and Germany, a networking event of leading nutrient Recycling R&D projects across Europe including a fair for Phosphorus recovery technology suppliers, and a Phos4You Project Meeting for project and associated partners.
Within the mentioned networking event, the ESPP jointly with the P4Y project invited representatives from a large number of current European R&D projects (EU H2020, LIFE, INTERREG, national and other projects), to discuss common implementation issues on October 19th, 2017. Water2REturn project was also invited to be presented. Speakers from EU and even beyond gave their presentations on latest findings. Technology providers showcased their processes in the adjacent exhibition.
Within the networking session, 24 R&D&I projects (AgroCycle, ALGAECAN, ASHES, Biorefine Cluster Europe, BONUS PROMISE, DECISIVE, DOP, ENRICH, IMPROVE-P, INCOVER, Newfert, Nurec4org, Phorwärts, Phos4You, QUB Phosphorus from wastewater, RAVITA, RichWater, Run4Life, SABANA, SMART-Plant, SYSTEMIC, The Resource Container, Water2Return and 3R2020+) relevant to nutrient recovery were rapidly presented (1 slide each), enabling all participants to identify each project and make contacts. The projects cover different geographical areas, sectors, type of research, topics and waste/residue flows to be recycled. This showed that there are a number of different phosphorus recovery and nutrient recycling demonstration sites and installations in projects now underway (and further ones will be launched soon), with important potential for exchange of experience and comparison of results. The ESPP catalogue of R&D projects, identifying around 100 R&D projects relating to nutrient management, was circulated and facilitated networking (www.phosphorusplatform.eu/R&D).
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