MBR technology - Challenges and opportunities for WWTPs

The seminar on September 5 is being held as a side event to the concurrently ongoing Nordic Wastewater Conference (NORDIWA)
The seminar is held in the same premises as NORDIWA, but participants in this seminar do not need to be registered with NORDIWA.
This side event is free of charge but registration is required for participation. The seminar is conducted in English.

During nine years (2013-2022), the membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology has been evaluated through pilot tests at the R&D-facility Hammarby Sjöstadsverk prior to full-scale implementation at Henriksdal WWTP in Stockholm starting in 2021. The purpose of the seminar is to summarize specific experiences, challenges, and opportunities that IVL Swedish Environmental Research institute and Stockholm Vatten och Avfall (SVOA) have identified during these years. Further, the role of the MBR-technology for Stockholm’s future sewage treatment and experiences from the first year of full-scale operation will be presented at the seminar.

Representants from different organisations in Sweden and Finland that have or have decided to implement the MBR-process will discuss their reasoning behind choosing membrane technology and experiences from operation in cold climate. The role of MBR-technology in the light of the current geopolitical situation, upcoming legislation requirements, and general striving for a sustainable development of society will be elaborated using presentations and panel discussions. The targeted audience of the seminar includes decisions makers at municipal level, professionals in wastewater treatment and operation utility professionals.

Organizers: Christian Baresel (IVL), Sofia Lovisa Andersson (SVOA), Sofia Andersson (Sweco)
Moderator: Klara Westling (Svenskt Vatten)

[Registration for side event] - please note that this is not a registration for the NORDIWA conference, only the side event.

[Registration for side event - Online participation]

Elite Park Avenue Hotel, Kungsportsavenyen 36,
411 36 Göteborg [MAP]
Conference room: Götheborg

Programme - 5 september 




08:30 - 08:35   

Welcome, morning coffee and sandwich

Klara Westling

Part 1: About Stockholm's future wastewater treatment and the pilot project

08:35 - 08:50   

Why and how Stockholm Vatten och Avfall is building one of the world's largest MBR-facilities at Henriksdal WWTP

Mårten Frumerie, CEO SVOA

08:50 - 09:25   

Nine years of MBR pilot tests at the R&D-facility Hammarby Sjöstadsverk – motivation and results

Sofia Lovisa Andersson, SVOA Former project leader, IVL

09:25 - 09:45   

Experiences from start-up and operation of the first full-scale MBR-line at Henriksdal WWTP, and how the pilot trials have helped the project

Sofia Andersson, Sweco Former project leader, SVOA

Special leg stretcher experience

Part 2: General about MBR

09:45 - 10:00   

MBR-process configuration and installation progress at Syvab Himmerfjärdsverket

Sara Söhr, CEO Syvab

10:00 - 10:15   

Why the MBR-process was selected for the upgrading of the medium size Margretelund WWTP

Aleksandra Lazic, R&D-manager Roslagsvatten AB

10:15 - 10:30   

Experiences of MBR-WWTP in cold climate, Taskila WWT, Finland

Sofia Risteelä, Process Engineer, Oulun Vesi

10:30 - 10:45   

Coffee break, mingling

10:45 - 11:05   

MBR and the removal of f micropollutants as well as important piece of the in a circular water management puzzle

Christian Baresel, IVL

11:05 - 11:15

Costs, environmental impacts, and resilience of the MBR technology

Sofia Lovisa Andersson, SVOA

11:15 - 11:30  

What the future might bring: opportunities and challenges of the MBR-process

Christoph Brepols, MBR-specialist, Erftverband
Christian Baresel, IVL

11:30 - 11:50   

Panel and audience discussion

Speakers & Klara Westling, Svenskt Vatten

11:50 - 12:00   

Summary and goodbye

Klara Westling, Svenskt Vatten