Reuse4Hos, ‘Solar powered wastewater treatment and reuse for hospitals’ is a joint research project from the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) focussing on environmental technology and research, nature conservation and waste treatment.
3 partners from East Africa and European countries aim to develop and pilot a robust and cost-effective technology that enables decentralised treatment of hospital wastewater with a high share of renewable energy.
Hospitals are one of the major sources of pharmaceutical residues like drugs, their metabolites and multi-drug resistant germs. Significant traces of these pharmaceutical residues make hospital wastewater particularly problematic than municipal wastewater. Identified as a severe concern, inadequate treatment of hospital wastewater is addressed in Kampala’s Lubaga hospital by adopting the membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology.
Innovative core of the project ‘Reuse4Hos’ is to develop and pilot a robust and cost-effective technology that enables decentralised treatment of hospital wastewater with a high share of renewable energy. Combination of MBR technology and activated carbon (GAC) treatment is used to build an autonomous system powered by solar photovoltaics.