The Art of the Possible: Resource Recovery from Wastewater and Bioresources

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Presented a paper entitled 'NEREUS Decision Support Tool: Informing Resource Recovery Options for Urban Wastewater'

Decision-making in the selection of technologies for resource recovery from wastewater is challenging due to the many potential recoverable resources and available technologies, with further complexity arising from the multiple objectives of legislative, social, and commercial concerns. To address this the NEREUS Project has developed a decision support tool (DST) to assist decision makers (policy makers, water authorities, process engineers) in identifying the most appropriate technologies for recovery of a range of resources and scenarios. This study presents the framework and interface of the DST, the interaction between the inputs, parameters, and the multi-criteria scenarios used to derive combinations of unit processes and demonstrates the evidence-based outcomes for resource recovery decisions. The DST provides sustainable solutions generated using multi-criteria optimization considering technical, economic, environmental, and social dimensions as selection criteria. The environmental impact of the suggested solutions is considered via an integrated life cycle analysis integrated in DST. The DST developed in this study enables a transparent, consistent, and informative evaluation for the generated treatment trains to inform and facilitate the implementation of resource recovery technologies.
Period13 May 2021
Event typeConference
LocationUnited Kingdom