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Vesitar

Biogas and value components from industrial waste water

Project information

ProjectVesitar
Duration01.08.2023 – 31.12.2025
PartnersHäme University of Applied Sciences (coordinator), Chemical Process Engineering of the University of Oulu, Department of Separation Science at LUT University as research partners. The project involves several companies from the mining, dairy, beverage and forest industries, as well as technology companies representing processing solutions.
FundingEuropean Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Agnico Eagle Finland Oy, Anora Group Oyj, Arla Oy, EPSE Oy, Froneri Finland Oy, Kemira Oyj, Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas Oy, Outokumpu Chrome Oy, Outokumpu Mining Oy, Rasmix Oy, Upm-Kymmene Oyj, Waterix Oy
Budget861 278 €

VESITAR Project focuses on various waters from the food, mining, and forest industries. The aim is to recover and recycle valuable fractions, such as metals and nutrients, and utilize organic matter into biogas and nutrients into microalgae.

Industrial activities generate significant amounts of various wastewater and side streams. These industrial waters are very variable in quality and composition, depending on the industry sector and production process.

This project focuses on various waters from the food, mining, and forest industries. The aim of the project is to determine the treatment methods suitable for selected industrial waters and a comprehensive solution that promotes the circular economy, in cooperation with companies. The aim is to recover and recycle valuable fractions, such as metals and nutrients, from water, utilize organic matter into biogas, nutrients into microalgae, and produce value components (pigments, fatty acids, proteins) for various applications. The aim is to provide sustainable, cost- and energy-efficient technical solutions, taking into account the differences in industrial waters.

With the treatment solutions tested in the project, the goal is to purify the water either for reuse, or discharging back into nature or with less burden to the municipal wastewater treatment plant.

The VESITAR project was prepared with funding from the European Regional Development Fund, which was granted to the Biogas and valuable components from industrial waste waters – Preparatory project by the South Savo Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

Target group

Various food, mining and forestry companies producing sidestream water that can be utilized further.

Operating region

Finland.

Contact information

tiina leiviskä

professor, University of Oulu

tiina.leiviska@oulu.fi

eveliina repo

professor (tenured), LUT university

eveliina.repo@lut.fi

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