Innovation is in the DNA of Cimico, constantly working on the development of new, more robust and efficient technologies.
Cimico has developed FILMATH™, a simulation tool based on our own mathematical models for the study, calculation and dimensioning of our technologies.
Filmath™ is an internal tool of Cimico that presents the world novelty that is specifically designed for biofilm technologies and its application is therefore optimal for all Cimico technologies.
Filmath™ has been calibrated and validated in the last 5 years from experimental studies in pilot and real plants, currently offering simulation data that coincides with the real executed plant.
This is possible since the authorship and knowledge of the mathematical models used by Filmath™ belong to the Cimico team, in addition to having in-depth knowledge of the influence of the values of the stoichiometric and kinetic coefficients involved.
Our simulation, together with our dimensioning method, allows us to propose different possible solutions to projects, simulating different MOBED® volume and aeration configurations in an iterative process in order to offer the optimal solution in terms of CAPEX and OPEX to our clients.
Moreover, Filmath™ is constantly being updated and its application is being extended with new ad-hoc mathematical models developed for the different technologies in R&D.
Cimico is working on different R&D projects based on an internal strategic plan to launch new innovative technologies to the market.
With the aim of having 4 new technologies on the market in the next 5 years, Cimico is currently working, among others, on two projects of high impact and importance in biofilm treatment:
Cimico is developing a technology that uses gas permeable membranes with a double objective; serve as a support and provide oxygen by diffusion to the biofilm that grows on them. This technology enables the intensification of biological processes in WWTPs and is characterized by high oxygen transfer efficiency (OTE), being able to reach 100% OTE in some configurations and, therefore, being much more efficient in its energy consumption (down to -80%).
At the same time, and with a first plant already underway, we are developing a technology that combines the sequential SBR system with the IFAS hybrid moving bed concept. Compared to a conventional activated sludge process, SBR makes it possible to dispense with the secondary clarifier, thus being more compact. Compared to a conventional SBR, the use of a moving bed support results in an increase in the rate of nitrification in biofilm, thus being able to reduce the duration of the aerobic phase. This makes it possible to increase the duration of the anoxic phase, increasing the denitrification capacity, and even implement an anaerobic phase that enables the biological elimination of phosphorus.
The SBR-IFAS technology can be used for the biological removal of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in a compact way, both for urban and industrial wastewater plants and for new construction or expansion of conventional SBRs.