Towards a smart & integral treatment of natural radioactivity
in water provision services
LIFE ALCHEMIA addresses one of the current challenges of water for human consumption such as the presence of natural radioactivity. There is a considerable lack of knowledge by the actors involved and it can be stated that, despite the current legislation (Directive 2013/51/Euratom), radioactivity is not systematically monitored at European level. Indeed, this is an environmental problem that cannot be solved at source, as it is generated by the groundwater dilution of minerals rich in radioactive isotopes, mainly from uranium (U), radium (Ra) and thorium (Th) series. Therefore, new systems able to provide sustainable removal of radioactivity from a cost-effectiveness point of view are needed. Reverse osmosis (RO) is the most commonly treatment used for this application; however carbon footprint of this process is very high and generates large volumes of water rejection with radioactivity that needs further treatment. LIFE ALCHEMIA offers a breakthrough in this problem from two angles. First, with the use of removal systems based on bed filters, which will reduce up to five times the cost of the water purification. Moreover, the whole life cycle of the radioactivity will be considered, including the management of the waste generated.
To demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of bed filters that will be optimized to remove radioactivity from water and to minimize the generation of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) exceeding the exemption level …
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% …
Improving drinking water qualityBuilding a sustainable future
Latest activity in LIFE ALCHEMIA
Celebration of the LIFE ALCHEMIA final event
Last Thursday, 30th September 2021, the final event of the project was held online and in person in the Hall of Degrees of the CITE V Building of the University of Almería, with a good reception by...
LIFE ALCHEMIA Final event
Next Thursday, 30th September, the final event of the project will be held online and in person in the Degree Room of the CITE V Building of the University of Almería. In this final event, the main...
European Researchers’ Night 2021
One more year LIFE ALCHEMIA participated in the 2021 Researchers' Night, which took place on 24th September 2021. On this occasion, the event was face-to-face, thus bringing science closer to all...
Second promotional video of LIFE ALCHEMIA
The second promotional video of the project is now available both on our YouTube channel and in the multimedia section of the project website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1giA6g0IPU&t=46s...
Second LIFE ALCHEMIA seminar
Last Thursday 17th the second seminar of the LIFE ALCHEMIA project "Natural radioactivity in water for human consumption" was held online, with great success from the audience. The seminar dealt...
Forum & Online Questionnaire: New sections of the LIFE ALCHEMIA website
A new section has been added to the project website: Online forum. It is a free access communication platform where interested parties can send questions, suggestions, etc. about the LIFE ALCHEMIA...
Some project figures
NORM reduction genetared during the elimination of radioactivity
Cost reduction in water treatment
Alpha and beta radioactivity reduction in pilot plants
Environmental impact reduction
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