Low-footprint waste water treatment,
enabling sustainable recovery of reactive nitrogen into valuable fertilizer

Clean water

No Chemicals


Renewable fertilizer

Shortcutting the Nitrogen Cycle

We seem to have a love-hate relationship with organic nitrogen: much needed as a macronutrient for crop growth in agriculture, when present in natural areas at too high concentrations it can lead to loss of biodiversity. The production of ammonia based fertilizers from inert nitrogen gas (N2) is responsible for about 1 to 2% of the worldwide energy consumption. The degradation of organic nitrogen in wastewater treatment facilities contributes heavily to the overall central wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) costs. Shortcutting this human-driven part of the nitrogen cycle therefore provides an enticing perspective, and that’s what the N.E.W.B.I.E.S. project is all about!

News & Highlights

After-LIFE plan

After-LIFE plan

In accordance to the LIFE-EU grant agreements, we have published an AFTER-LIFE plan in which we set out the ambitions for further development of the N.E.W.B.I.E.S. technology. Download the plan here.
PP#13 Digestate Phase Final Report

PP#13 Digestate Phase Final Report

As these results have now been published in a peer reviewed journal as well (see our publication section) the internal reporting on the digestate phase is made public.
PP#12 Urine Phase Final Report

PP#12 Urine Phase Final Report

As these results have now been published in a peer reviewed journal as well (see our publication section) the internal reporting on the urine phase is made public.
PP#11 – Leachate phase final report

PP#11 – Leachate phase final report

As the operation on the leachate phase didn't show very promising perspectives from an application point of view, the consortium has decided not to do the effort of publishing this in a peer-reviewed journal. The final report as composed within the project consortium is disclosed hereby.


Responsible for the design, construction and operation of the pilot installation, W&F Technologies enables the market uptake of the N.E.W.B.I.E.S. technology.

Based in Girona, Spain, the Catalan Institute for Water Research provides scientific excellence of the integrated water cycle. Within the N.E.W.B.I.E.S. project, ICRA hosts the testing of the technology on digestate reject water

Evides Water provides drinking water to 2.5 million people in the southern provinces of the Netherlands. Moreover they provide industrial water services to a variety of large industrial companies in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Evides partners with N.E.W.B.I.E.S. to explore its ability to remove nitrogen from landfill leachate.

Water-tech knowledge institute based in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Home to the N.E.W.B.I.E.S. technology. Continuing lab-scale tests on further optimized ED designs and alternative wastewaters, Wetsus forms the R&D core of our project

The LIFE-NEWBIES project has received funding from the LIFE programme of the European Union.


For more information, questions or proposals please don’t hesitate to contact us. Communications regarding the project are primarily coordinated by Wetsus:

Tel: +31 (0)58 284 30 00

Alternatively, an email can be sent to: