On February 7th, we started the civil works needed to implement the first pilot (demonstrator) of the LIFE DrainRain system. This pilot is located in the Port of Ferrol (A Coruña, Spain).
The Port of Ferrol is located in a coastal area with an Atlantic climate (abundant water). The area has intensive industrial activity and a surrounding area of great environmental value (fisheries, shellfish, tourism). The main objective of the pilot plant is to prevent direct discharge of polluted water. In addition, the system will feature a storage tank for treated water which will subsequently be used, for example, for cleaning purposes.
Once the construction works of this pilot are finished, a seminar of the LIFE DrainRain project will be held in the facilities of the Port of Ferrol, which will include a guided tour of the demonstrator.
The LIFE DrainRain Project, funded by the European Commission under the “LIFE 2015: Environment and Resource Efficiency” programme, proposes an innovative approach to mitigate the environmental impact of runoff in water bodies by means of the combination of a photocatalytic porous pavement and a water treatment system. The project consortium is led by PROYFE, S.L., and the other beneficiaries are the AUTORIDAD PORTUARIA DE FERROL SAN CIBRAO, COPASA, CETIM and CYE CONTROL Y ESTUDIOS, S.L.