In quantitative terms, LIFE ALCHEMIA will lead to the following results:
4 filter-based pilot plants will provide removal rates of gross alpha and beta activity up to 90%, and reductions in the concentrations of specific radionuclides (U and Ra) between 75% and 90% . Water indicative doses will be below 0.1 mSv/yr , allowing its use as drinking water in compliance with current regulations (Directive 2013/51/Euratom).
To reduce the amount of NORM generated during the removal of radioactivity by 90% , when comparing with bed filters operating in Estonia, which will suppose 135 tons every 5 year.
To reduce the cost of the treatment over 80% , when comparing with RO systems (currently operating in Almería).
To reduce by 80-90% the environmental impact associated to the whole treatment, including the management of the waste generated.
80% reduction of GHG emissions from pilot plants (kg CO2eq), which supposes 60 t CO2eq that will be saved per year of operation.
To carry out a comparing ALCHEMIA solutions based on bed filters and RO, and considering the whole life cycle of the process.
To transfer project findings to at least 5 replication studies in 5 “follower facilities” (including Poland, Italy and Finland).
To create a network on sustainable radioactivity treatment. Dissemination of good practices .
To allow uthorities to increase the competitiveness and improving environmental legislation by better management of radioactivity.
To disseminate project results at national and international level through the Dissemination Plan .