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!
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.