A consortium made up of the Aa and Maas Water Board, BWA and KWR Watercycle Research Institute has been awarded a European subsidy for Screencap, a project to be implemented at the Aarle-Rixtel wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) with the aim of promoting the large-scale market uptake of fine-screen technology.

The installation removes sieved material, consisting of cellulose fibres originating mainly from toilet paper, at the beginning of the wastewater treatment process. This increases the treatment capacity and produces a cellulose residual stream that can be used in the production of energy and other possible applications, such as road construction and in the chemical industry.

Screencap kickoff

The installation has been integrated into one of the two identical, parallel treatment processes at Aarle-Rixtel. This will allow for a precise measurement of the installation’s impact on treatment performance and costs, which is the primary purpose of the European subsidy. Screencap should become a reference for the further market replication of fine-screen technology.

Screencap was launched on 13 November with a kick-off meeting at the Aa and Maas Water Board. The project will last three years.