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Research into Solid Urban Waste Treatment

10/05/2004

Research into Solid Urban Waste Treatment

FCC Medio Ambiente's research project ''Definition of Environmental Variables and Indicators in Joint Processes for Solid Urban Waste Treatment'' has been approved by the Eureka Programme Committee. The Eureka Programme is a European Union initiative to support R&D in the industrial market.

This certificate acknowledges the originality of the project, the scientific quality of its research programme and the interest the project has aroused in Europe as a possible foundation for improving knowledge in the field of treatment processes for solid urban waste (SUW).

The European Commission's recommendations stress the need to conserve natural resources. They favour those entities that use their technology to boost energy recovery and power cogeneration and at the same time reduce polluting emissions, and they encourage initiatives that can directly or indirectly help do a better job of protecting soil.

Within this context, in early 2003 FCC Medio Ambiente started up a research programme whose purpose was to define a methodology that would enable the variables and indicators that best characterise the technologies that have been introduced to be identified and defined, so as thus to optimise process performance to the utmost from the standpoints of technological reliability, minimisation of environmental impact and economic profitability.

The scientific coordination of the project was entrusted to the civil engineering and environmental research group of the University of Huelva.

The Valladolid Comprehensive Waste Treatment Plant was chosen as the site for project analysis and testing. The plant serves a population of 400,000 and is, by size, an average representative of the facilities at work in Spain, with a treatment capacity of around 200,000 tons per year.