Progress and results
The project received official approval from CINEA, the governing body of the EU LIFE program. Find the report here.
Anna Lundbom, Project Leader of the LIFE Re-Fertilize project is presenting the results to a live audience.
In the middle of December we conducted a conceptual design for a Aqua2N-plant with capacity of 10 m3/h incoming water is finalized.
Also, results from the pot trials conducted with ammonium sulphate from both leachate and sludge liquor application was presented. Proving that the agronomic effect of the recycled fertiliser is comparable with conventionally, virgin produced, ammonium sulphate.
In November the UN climate conference (COP27) took place in Egypt and EasyMining had several representatives on site that participated in different talks about the nitrogen challenge, and RE-Fertilize project. Read more about our COP27 participation here.
We made our first delivery of nitrogen fertiliser produced within the LIFE RE-Fertilize project to a farm in Denmark!
August - September 2022
In August and September, BIOFOS and EasyMining arranged three possibilities (24/8, 5/9 and 15/9) to visit the demonstration plant at BIOFOS’ wastewater treatment plant Lynetten in Copenhagen. More than 100 people had registered for the round tour, including an introduction to the process and a visit to the demonstration plant.
Anna Lundbom, project leader of LIFE RE-Fertilize, describing the process and the project for the visitors.
On the 7th of September, we celebrated the inauguration of the pilot plant at Denmark’s largest wastewater treatment plant, BIOFOS’ Lynetten. Previously, the plant has been tested on leachate at Ragn-Sells' waste plant in Högbytorp outside Stockholm.
The process recovers more than 98% of the nitrogen that is in reject water from the dewatering of digested sludge. During fall, the pilot will be running on the sludge liquor.
From left) Lars Lindén, Ragn-Sells, Thomas Lundgren, Lantmännen, Jan Svärd, EasyMining, John Buur Christiansen, BIOFOS. Photo: Anders Hviid-Haglund
The 30th of March the demonstration plant is delivered to BIOFOS wastewater treatment plant Lynetten in Copenhagen.
On the highway..
About to get a new home..
The 24th of March the first recycled ammonium sulphate delivered to farmer!
Lantmännen and EasyMining deliveres the first recycled ammonium sulphate to a farm outside Uppsala.
The ammonium sulphate has been produced in the RE-Fertilize demonstration plant at Högbytorp, Ragn-Sells’ waste management plant outside Stockholm.
In the last week of March, the demonstration plant will be moved to BIOFOS’s wastewater treatment plant Lynetten in Copenhagen.
Pär-Johan Lööf, Lantmännen, Anna Lundbom, EasyMining, Bo Eriksson, Farmer, Therese Åström, EasyMining
Wednesday, 8 December we celebrated the grand opening of the pilot plant at Högbytorp, Ragn-Sells’ waste management plant outside Stockholm,
The official ribbon cutting ceremony featured speeches by Mattias Frumerie from the Swedish Ministry of Environment and partnering companies in the project; EasyMining, BIOFOS, Lantmännen, and the environmental company Ragn-Sells.
Mattias Frumerie from the Swedish Ministry of Environment and Erik Sellberg, Chairman, Ragn-Sells.
Very important month for the project both communication wise and progress wise. We have presented the technology and project in three sessions at COP26.
On Saturday the 6th of November, Professor Mark Sutton attended the session and did a great presentation on the nitrogen challenge overall. Our project partner, BIOFOS, also participated in each session giving an excellent explanation to the challenge for wastewater treatment plants.
In the second week of November, the two modules of the demonstration plant arrived at Högbytorp, Ragn-Sells’ waste management plant outside Stockholm, where the demonstration plant will be running the first three months before being moved to BIOFOS wastewater treatment plant, Lynetten, in Denmark. It is so exciting and rewarding to have reached this milestone!
Full focus on fabrication of the demonstration plant and planning and preparation for the demonstration run.
At the same time we continue to present our technology, this month at the NORDIWA conference.
The steel structure for the first module is now ready to insert equipment within, great to see the progress! We are now in the planning for the demonstration runs, schedule to start late quarter four 2021 at Ragn-Sells’ landfill Högbytorp outside Bro.
In the important work of creating a circular economy for nutrients we have published an article demanding quotas for recycled nutrients within fertilisers. It is not enough to create supply, there also must be a demand!
The project is getting closer to the finalization of the detail engineering for the demonstration plant, and the fabrication of the steel structure has started. We are exciting to enter the next phase, Construction and Installation, in the project.
Besides building the demonstration plant to prove the process, it is important for the project to have inform, influence and have a dialogue with policymakers and politicians. One of the things we have done within this area is the last months is to publish an article of our view to see wastewater treatment plants as resource plants – since they are a great source of important nutrients for the society. Please read (and share if you agree) our important message!
We have now contracted the supplier for fabricating our demonstration plant. This will be done by Enerco Industrial Projects in Horndal.
The detail engineering is progressing, and we are happy to be able to start the discussion between the engineering firm and the fabrication firm.
Detail engineering for the demonstration modules has started! We are very excited to see the engineering for the modules entering the next phase.
The contracted firm for the detail engineering is COWI Engineering, the team working with this contract is based in COWIs Gothenburg office.
During the second half of 2020 the basic engineering for the demonstration plant was finished, and the procurement of a supplier for the detail engineering started (to be finalized in January 2021). The progress of the product has been according to the revised plan, which is satisfying.
When it comes to the nitrogen product produced in the process a market analysis has been conducted and in quarter four the work with the test schedule for the product has been ramped up.
During the year the project has been highlighted on several webinars and session, such as EAT@Home side session – focusing on the constraints in the EU fertiliser legislations for recirculated products, breakfast seminar at Västsvenska Kemi- och Materialklustret (in Swedish) and Linneaus Eco-Tech. We have also faced large interest from various actors in the wastewater treatment sector for the project, which is very inspiring!
During the first six months of 2020 we have started with the basic engineering for the demonstration plant. Due to the covid-19-pandemy we have however not been able to finish the last step of equipment testing, which is needed in order to finalise the process optimisation and basic engineering.
Our R&D-team has during the spring come up with a process change, which is a huge improvement of the process. The steering group has decided to include the process change in the project due to the significant improvement of the process.
The work with planning for product evaluation has been initiated.
Pictures from the lab (swipe left): Carl-Johan Högberg, Chemical Process Development Engineer, Emeilie Nordström, Lab Technician and Christian Tunsu, Chemical Process Development Engineer at EasyMining.
During the autumn the project has started and we are working on the process optimisation. Simultaneously with the process optimisation the work with deciding on localisation at each demonstration site and investigation of permits needed are conducted.
Monthly meetings with the two site for the demonstration and the process optimisation team are up and running.
We are so excited to be started!