European centre of excellence
for sustainable water technology

Resource recovery

Within Wetsus new technology related to the harvesting of energy from waste water is developed. With technologies involving microbial fuel cell and biocatalyzed electrolysis electricity or hydrogen is produced from waste water. Hydrogen production from biocatalyzed electrolysis in this innovative design makes a much wider variety of wastewaters suitable. This is a revolutionary breakthrough technology in the field of biological hydrogen production from waste water. Apart from upgrading waste water into electricity or hydrogen also other energy rich compounds can be produced from waste water. For example, specific bacteria are able to accumulate a high amount of lipids in their cells when they grow in waste water. These lipids are subsequently used to produce bacterial oil.

Michel Saakes6

Theme manager
Pieter Hack
W&F Technologies

Theme coordinator
Michel Saakes


Industrial partners

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Academic partners

Wageningen University 2016

Research projects

Leire Caizán, Wageningen University
   Characterization of granular activated carbon for application in bio-anodes
Casper Borsje, Wageningen University
   Capacitive Bioanodes for electricity production in microbial fuel cells
Sebastian Canizales Gomez, Wageningen University
   Phototropic Polypeptide Production from Urine
Yang Lei, Wageningen University
   Electrochemical recovery of phosphorus by calcium phosphate preciptation
Steffen Georg, Wageningen University
   Bioelectrochemical Systems for ammonia recovery from wastewater
Mariana Rodrigues, Wageningen University
   Optimization and upscaling of electrochemical ammonia recovery

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