This research has examined the use of willow coppice as an environmentally and micro-biologically acceptable, economic system for the treatment of municipal wastewater.
The project investigated the:
- Yield potential of wood fuel production systems using municipal effluent as a fertiliser
- Micro-biological risks associated
- Environmental impact
- Economic viability
- Legislative and regulatory conditions under which such a system would have to operate.
Supported by the European Commissions Agriculture and Agro-industies R&D programme (FAIR), the 4 year project was a collaboration between organisations in Sweden, Denmark, France, Greece and in the UK. WRc was partnered with the the University of Belfast in undertaking the research.
This research enables member states to evaluate whether the use of wood fuel production systems for treating municipal wastewater effluent is appropriate for their situation.