HEAD: Prof. Francesco Fatone
The pilot-hall managed and coordinated by the Chemical-Environmental and Sanitary Engineering Group of the SIMAU Department is spread over about 200 m2 and consists of an area where experimental / demonstration pilot plants are located, a container office, a warehouse container and a technical workshop. The research, development and testing platform is located inside the urban wastewater treatment plant of Falconara Marittima (Ancona) and allows to operate and validate eco-innovative solutions in real conditions. The platform allows to carry out research and development activities at the highest technology readiness level (TRL). The area, in fact, is equipped with pilot scale and demonstration plants for the advanced treatment of wastewater and / or non-hazardous liquid waste (anaerobic digestion, dewatering, diathermic oil evaporator, ultrafiltration membrane, reverse osmosis membrane, membrane with direct osmosis, continuous biological sector or automatically controlled SBR, measurement of greenhouse gases and gaseous emissions with online analyzer, advanced dynamic separation, UASB / EGBR and Anaerobic Membrane BioReactor, UV and activated carbon, fermentation units, standard oxygen transfer yield measurement systems). The electromechanical and electrical equipment of the experimental platform have been designed, selected and installed in order to obtain validated and solid results for the reliable following scale-up to real plants. The platform is constantly evolving and modernized according to R&D&I projects funded by public or private bodies or companies. It is equipped with systems for real-time monitoring liquid and gaseous streams for the quantification of the impacts of the processes studied. The area is, to date, a validation platform where relevant local, national and international projects (e.g. Horizon2020) are carried out (e.g. www.smart-plant.eu; www.intcatch.eu; www.enerwater.eu). Finally, the pilot and demo hall is an attractive hand-on opportunity to train young water and waste professional within pre and post graduate internships.