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CarbonCLEAN® Project of a demonstration pilot plant for the removal of pharmaceuticals from wastewater

Department 58 – International Relations
Department 58 – International Relations


Region South Bohemian Region, Central Bohemian Region, Ústí nad Labem Region, Liberec Region, Hradec Králové Region, Olomouc Region, Moravian-Silesian Region
Title of the ProgrammeEnvironment
Title of the ProjectCarbonCLEAN® Project of a demonstration pilot plant for the removal of pharmaceuticals from wastewater
Number of the Project3213200007
Project Promoter

AIVOTEC s.r.o.

Czech Partner
  • Univerzita Jana Evangelisty Purkyně,
  • Ostravské vodárny a kanalizace a.s.,
  • Krajská nemocnice Tomáše Bati, a.s.

In realization process since 03/2022

Total Eligible Costs

222 436 EUR


170 163,40 EUR

Project description:

The aim of the project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the removal of selected drugs on real wastewater and in real technological conditions of the WWTP in a demonstrative pilot plant and to determine the possible need for partial technological modifications of the filtration equipment so that it can be used in normal operation. Technically, replaceable textile filters with CarbonCLEAN® sorbent, a biochar-based material originally developed by the applicant, will be used. Current wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to remove modern pollutants and suitable technical solutions are not yet available on the market.

The aim of the project is to change this situation and offer an affordable and operationally safe solution. The aim of the pilot project is to verify the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the removal of pollutants in the form of pharmaceuticals, their residues and hormonal preparations that cannot be removed by (a) a conventional municipal wastewater treatment plant and (b) an on-site hospital wastewater treatment plant. In both cases, if the project is successfully completed, surface water pollution with a risk to ecosystems will be reduced, with the equipment being able to be manufactured and installed in other WWTPs as standard.