PURMEREND, The Netherlands , July 11, 2017 (Press Release) -With official inauguration of the first production facility of sewage-based cellulose, The Purmerend company CirTec (until recently BWA B.V.) has a world-class premiere. The Cellvation installation will recover structurally about 400 kg of cellulose a day from sewage. Cellulose is the main ingredient of toilet paper. Cellvation is a development of CirTec BV and KNN Cellulose BV, both members of the Water Alliance.
The Cellvation plant is located at the STP Geestmerambacht in Warmenhuizen (Noord-Holland, The Netherlands). The project is part of the Horizon2020 project SMART-Plant. CirTec has already demonstrated with a number of partners that it is technically possible to produce pure, sellable cellulose with Cellvation ™ technology. The raw material produced thereby was incorporated into the VANA project (Van Zeefgoed Naar Asfalt), in which a cycle path was constructed. However, the cellulose can also be used for production and development of other products as well. A, part of the cellulose production of Geestmerambacht is exported to England, where it is used as a raw material for bio composite.
In addition to the cellulose production that can be marketed, Cellvation ™ offers even more benefits for sewage treatment. The removal of COD increases the biological capacity. In addition, the removal of suspended matter results in a lower energy consumption while less sludge is produced, reducing the costs for sludge dewatering and disposal. In addition, there are also savings in terms of maintenance costs and technical life of equipment.
Official opening of first production facility
On Thursday June 29, about 70 invited guests gathered at the STP Geestmerambacht. Prior to the official inauguration of the installation, speakers were given the opportunity to express their views on the usefulness and need for recovery of raw materials and sustainable reuse. One of the speakers was Erik Pentimalli of EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), emphasizing the European importance of the project. Em. Professor Willy Verstraete expressed his opinion on reuse of raw materials in his own enthusiastic way.
By “flushing” a toilet the installation was officially taken in operation, where after the attendees could have themselves informed by, Coos Wessels, the enthusiastic director of CirTec, about the operation of the Cellvation ™.
Wall of Support
During the meeting, the Water Alliance was present with the Water Alliance Wall of Support. Attendees could present their innovation, question, idea or problem at the “Wall” to the other attendees who could respond by leaving their contact details. After the meeting, the questions and comments were collected and digitally shared with the participants.