Join iMETland Final Conference

Brussels, Belgium
December 14, 2018

Who said constructed wetland technology was not a high-tech treatment for cleaning-up wastewater?

 

Since 2016, H2020 programme from EU is funding iMETland,  a project fully devoted to construct and validate a full-scale application of a low-cost, eco-friendly microbial electrochemical technology (MET) to treat and disinfect urban wastewater from small communities at zero-energy operacion cost.

 

During the last three years, a multidisciplinary team formed by 11 enthusiastic partners from 3 continents have made iMETland a reality. What makes the technology especially innovative is the intensity of the ability of the electroactive bacteria’s metabolism to convert pollution into an electrical current, which is proportional to the quantity of pollutant removal. The more they clean-up, the more electricity is harvested and by measuring the electricity generated, operators can monitor the efficacy of the bacteria in removing contaminants through specially designed smart tools.

 

Since the beginning, our innovative wastewater treatment device has gone well beyond EU borders by testing its innovation potential in treating urban wastewater in Argentina, Mexico and in our European demos in Spain and Denmark.

 

In the final phase of our project we are engaging with policy makers, investors and technical stakeholders both at EU and local level, to pave the way for further exploitation of our technology beyond the project duration.

 

That´s why iMETland is welcoming European professionals working in the wastewater treatment sector to its final conference at the Spanish Embassy in Brussels (Rue de la Science, 19) on the 14thof December 2018. The conference is being organised in the context of the Startup Olé event, being designed to promote start-ups in the EU from Spanish and Belgian entrepreneurs.

 

To participate to the final conference, drop an e-mail to the project coordinator Abraham Esteve Nuñez at the following address: abraham.esteve@imdea.org

 

The event will start with a networking cocktail at 11 am,at the Embassy Library (located at the ground floor of the main building)and then it will continue as follows:

 

12.00 Welcome. Carmen Mena Abela, Head of Sector H2020 Eco-Innovation EASME, European Commission

 

12.15 Welcome. The iMETLAND project: technology overview. Abraham Esteve-Núñez, project coordinator, IMDEA water

 

12.45 iMETLAND and media, Veronica Meneghello, youris.com

 

13.00 iMETland in Mediterranean location. Arantxa Aguirre, CENTA

 

13.15 iMETland in Northern-europe location. Carlos Arias, Aarhus University

 

13.30 iMETlands info corners. Leaders from different locations where iMETland was implemented will simultaneously communicate their experiences.

 

14.00 iMETland as business opportunity. Santiago Otero, PWC

 

14.15 Wrap up and closing remarks. Abraham Esteve-Núñez, IMDEA water

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