Reduction of Energy Consumption in Wastewater Treatment Plants (BRAINYMEM)

  • 16 May, 2021
  • Project Focuswater management
  • Sector(s)rural


  • cost-benefit analysis
  • tariff structures
  • technology mapping


The LIFE-BRAINYMEM project was supported and financed by the European Commission, within the LIFE program. Its main objective was to reduce energy consumption in wastewater treatment plants and to minimize their environmental impact. Membrane Bioreactors (MBRs) with advanced control for water regeneration were introduced. The sub-objectives were to:

  • minimize risks with proactive mitigation of wastewater;
  • to implement new business models;
  • promote social and organizational innovation and include the perspective of the end user (fertilizer companies and farmers) to achieve a real use of the products obtained.

The project was replicated in any other wastewater treatment plants.

Services provided by WE&B

WE&B were contracted to undertake the following studies:

  • Cost-benefit analysis of the innovative MBR technology for the market
  • Analysis of the environmental impact of the technology
  • The social impact that the implementation of this technology had on the local population
  • Analysis of the potential institutional impact of the technology