Expected results

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 cost of the treatment over 80%, when comparing with RO systems (currently operating in Almería).

To carry out a comparing ALCHEMIA solutions based on bed filters and RO, and considering the whole life cycle of the process.

To create a network on sustainable radioactivity treatment. Dissemination of good practices.

To disseminate project results at national and international level through the Dissemination Plan.

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 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 transfer project findings to at least 5 replication studies in 5 “follower facilities” (including Poland, Italy and Finland).

To allow authorities to increase the competitiveness and improving environmental legislation by better management of radioactivity.

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