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Recovering and reusing waste and wastewater

Céline Vaneeckhaute and her team are developing sustainable processes to recover and reuse waste and treat wastewater. Their aim is to recycle resources (water, energy, nutrients) into high quality bioproducts.

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Céline Vaneeckhaute, Eng., Ph.D. 

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Céline Vaneeckhaute oversees a highly qualified team of graduate and postdoctoral researchers specializing in green process engineering and biorefineries (BioEngine). She also collaborates with researchers in other disciplines such as geomatics, agronomy, economics, administration, health, urban planning, and physical optics. 

Treating and reusing wastewater in the North

The effects of climate change, combined with population growth, industrial development, and limited infrastructure, are creating major problems for the protection of aquatic resources in northern regions, problems that will only intensify in the future. 

Céline Vaneeckhaute is working with a team of interdisciplinary researchers and partners to develop resilient wastewater infrastructure adapted for northern environments. The goal is to make wastewater reusable for non-potable applications while also recovering its nutrients.

Giving organic waste a second life

In Quebec and around the world, environmental regulations are pushing municipalities and industries to reuse their organic waste.

Dr. Vaneeckhaute and her team are working on a variety of strategies for the recovery and reuse of resources, including biomethanization, composting, and pyrolysis.

The aim is to convert as much waste as possible into marketable bioproducts such as bioenergy and sustainable fertilizers. 
The team uses highly specialized equipment to simulate and optimize innovative strategies in the lab and in the field.

Using digital technologies to better meet society’s needs

Choosing the best processes for recovering high quality bioproducts from wastewater and waste is a complex decision from a sustainable development perspective.

Dr. Vaneeckhaute and her team are developing mathematical models and decision support software to establish environmentally friendly, economically viable, and socially acceptable biorefineries.

The team uses digital simulators to optimize the quality of bioproducts and meet society’s needs as best as possible.

Recovering resources from wastewater. 

Producing fertilizers from recovered materials.

Simulating and optimizing biorefinery processes.

Recovering and reusing organic waste 

Next steps

Céline Vaneeckhaute and her team will continue to innovate in the field of waste recovery and wastewater treatment by: 

  • Working with municipalities and industries to improve and optimize their waste and wastewater management processes 
  • Developing sustainable technologies for remote regions, developing countries, and the maritime industry 
  • Creating decision support tools adapted to society’s needs 
  • Exploring the production of new value-added bioproducts 
  • Maximizing the performance of recovery processes and the quality of recovered products through digital technology

Canada Research Chair in Resource Recovery and Bioproducts Engineering

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Céline Vaneeckhaute

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