SMART- Plant

SMART-Plant is an acronym for “Scale-up of low-carbon footprint MAterial Recovery Techniques in existing wastewater treatment PLANTs.

SMART-Plant will scale-up in real environment eco-innovative and energy-efficient solutions to renovate existing wastewater treatment plants and close the circular value chain by applying low-carbon techniques to recover materials that are otherwise lost. 7+2 pilot systems will be optimized for more than 2 years in real environment in 5 municipal water treatment plants, including also 2 post-processing facilities. The systems will be automated with the aim of optimizing wastewater treatment, resource recovery, energy-efficiency and reduction of greenhouse emissions. A comprehensive SMART portfolio comprising biopolymers, cellulose, fertilizers and intermediates will be recovered and processed up to the final end-products.

The activities of CirTec are the recovery of screenings and the production of clean cellulose. The cellulose is used toilet paper recovered from sewage water, which is upgraded to a high-grade resource for, amongst other, the production of biocomposites. The first installation for the recovery of cellulose from sewage water is built at the WTTP Geestmerambacht with support of water authority Hollands Noorderkwartier (

Partners in SMART-Plant zijn:

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SMART-Plant has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690323. Please refer to for more information