October 2012news letter
The European FP7 project "ValueFromUrine" has started on 1st of September 2012. ValueFromUrine will develop, optimize and evaluate an innovative bio-electrochemical system that allows for the recovery of phosphorus, ammonia and electricity from urine. Phosphorus is a limited resource and ammonia production from inert nitrogen gas in the atmosphere is an energy intensive process. The main use of phosphorus and ammonia is fertilizer production. The recovery of nutrients from urine can help to overcome future shortages. Using an innovative bio-electrochemical system (Microbial Fuel Cell) in combination with a phosphorus recovery step (Struvite) precipitation valuable ammonia and phosphate salt can be recovered and energy can be produced. During the Kick-Off meeting the project partner laid the fundament for another successful project. In this project Wetsus, DeSaH (NL), Magneto Special Anodes (NL), Mast Carbon (GB), Abengoa Water (ES), CRP Henri Tudor (Lux) and University of Minho (Pt) will combine their expertise to develop this technology.