Advanced modelling and control of nitrous oxide emissions from wastewater treatment plants (AMACONOE)


Through integrating advanced modelling, simulation, optimization and control techniques with full-scale experimentation, AMACONOE aims to develop practical tools to support the sustainable design, operation and optimization of wastewater treatment plants with minimal carbon footprint.


Wastewater treatment processes produce/emit nitrous oxide (N2O), which is a potent greenhouse gas, and therefore represent an important contributor to global climate change. Currently, the development of technological solutions to decrease N2O emissions is impaired, due to the lack of a solid fundamental understanding of the rather complex N2O production pathways. Moreover, a reliable simulation tool capable of accurately predicting N2O emissions is not available to generate and test novel ideas and customized solutions for wastewater treatment plants to mitigate carbon footprint.

The Project

AMACONOE is an interdisciplinary project and mainly consists of 4 interlinked work packages (WPs).
WP1: Acquisition and analysis of full-scale N2O and carbon footprint data
WP2: Development of plant-wide model incorporating a unified N2O model
WP3: Carbon footprint mitigation by design: benchmarking and optimization of plant designs
WP4: Carbon footprint mitigation by control: development, benchmarking and full-scale testing of advanced control strategies 

AMACONOE is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship under grant agreement No. 790231. The duration is from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2020.


Gürkan Sin
DTU Chemical Engineering
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