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Many of the organic-rich wastewater generators in Europe, such as olives groves and boutique wineries are owned by SMEs, mostly family owned. These small producers are especially vulnerable when faced with environmental requirements of waste produced during the oil extraction process, which must meet regulations and sewage-works enforcements. Olive mill wastewaters constitute a serious pollution problem, because of the recalcitrant character of the high organic content of the residues that cannot be disposed to common wastewater treatment plant and may lead to serious environmental contamination.

The objectives of the proposed programme is to bring into the market an innovative integrated system to treat organic wastewater such as olive mill, winery & swine wastes (OMW, WW, SW). The system entitled "Mobile Integrated Sustainable System for Treatment of Organic Wastewater (MISSTOW)" is well thought-through system with high marketability potential that will strongly benefit the European environment. We will demonstrate that the MISSTOW system is capable of treating recalcitrant wastes leading to marketing this system. MISSTOW project consists of newly engineered nano-particles for effective pre-treatment using electro-flocculation processes, on-line utilization of Up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) of high hydraulic retention time (HRT), transforming organic materials into labile source of nutrients and bioenergy (Methane), and final reduction of N, P, COD & BOD to permissible levels for irrigation, using new design of portable constructed wetland (CW). The combination of the modules into one modular mobile system is a new and innovative solution to a well-known problem. Although the abatement of organic-rich wastes is a complex problem which has been tested by several European funded projects, the solution presented herein would be more functional and economical especially for small SMEs, because of its modular mobile nature. MISSTOW includes the development and application of online measuring devices permitting process control. Finally, we will provide a detailed cost-effective analysis of the proposed integrated system and compare it with other alternative solutions. We would like to emphasize that the system is portable by design as one holistic and compact unit that can be easily transported by lorry to place of need from one small SME to another and return after usage for storage and renewal. The system is highly suitable to the conditions of intensive Southern European farming communities where space for permanent CW is difficult to get and the waste is mostly seasonal by nature. It can also be used for a cluster of mills in these villages, where olive oil is an important economic occupation. The project presents a platform which could be implemented by other peripheral regions, and therefore will contribute to the European policy and regulatory rules.

Three Southern European countries, where olive oil and winery wastewater are a problem, joint efforts to develop together the system, based on their complementary know-how in coagulation and fluctuations of organic wastes (MIGAL), high-rate production of Biogas from olive oil wastes (University of Patras), accelerated constructing wetland system (MIGAL), economic and business approaches to SMEs (CETENMA) in collaboration with Peleg-HaGalil, an SME that takes care of these recalcitrant organic content wastes at its sewage plants, and 2 SMEs as indirect-partners in Spain and Greece for constructions. UFZ from Germany will give the know-how concerning sensors and controls.

We defined the indicators for the MISSTOW system as: It is using reliable technologies (from at least 10 different Mills or Wineries), it performs economically (a report will be provided) and have systematic technology management. At the end of the project we will operate 3 systems and serve more than 10 SMEs and at least 10 systems after 2 years.

Our economic analysis, based on cost of the MISSTOW system, with all its sophisticated parts, controls and services is estimated at €131,346. For such a plant, with the initial investment of €280,000 of the client, we calculated NPV in 15 years of €1,020,000, with assumptions of 5% interest rate and 25% taxes. Based on the economic analysis that we have done for the unit at Peleg-HaGalil (or a SME at Murcia or Greece) we estimated an initial investment of €2,275,400, and an investment in operating the unit and building the plants at €2,700,000 per year. Based on our estimation in numbers of plants to be sold per year (at the beginning with 5 years loan to clients) and on services given, as well as some sales of parts replacements, mentoring of workers and yearly services, we estimated the income in the first 5 years at around €1,690,000 to €2,456,000 per year, and afterwards at around €4,190,000 per year reaching over 5 million after 14 years. The accumulative cash flow after 10 years is calculated at € 11,503,250 and after 15 years at € 21,207,000. NPV for this operation is estimated at €8,919,737.

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Project Details

Project full title : Mobile Integrated Sustainable System for Treatment of Organic Wastewater
Project acronym : MISSTOW
Contract no. : ECO/10/277241/SI2.599970
Start date of the project : 01/08/2011
Duration : 36 months

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The MISSTOW (Mobile Integrated Sustainable System for Treatment of Organic Wastewater) project is co-funded under the CIP Eco-innovation initiative.
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