We are constantly improving our installations through collaboration and exchange within our company and with our customers. In addition, we actively participate in Flemish research programmes, including development and demonstration projects, with numerous knowledge and industrial partners.

Pilot testing

If you are considering a large project, it may be useful to include a test phase first. We will construct a pilot installation to carry out all the necessary tests.

feasibility study


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We are investigating whether it is possible to make relevant data from the production process of breweries and food companies available in a suitable way in order to obtain a continuous characterization of the wastewater stream produced during the production process. The ultimate goal is to optimize and maximize sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse, and to maximize the impact on water, energy and chemical consumption throughout the water cycle.

RESearch project


Duration: 09/2020 – 09/2022
Partners: BIOMATH (Ghent University), Boortmalt, Huyghe brewery
With the support of: VLAIO

Pantarein and the BIOMATH research group work together to run the water treatment plants at Boortmalt and Hughe brewery in a more intelligent way. With this project, we make digitalization tangible. We are building up advanced process knowledge, which we apply via a mathematical model to develop an automatic and cost-efficient arrangement that benefits both the customer and the operator.

development project

RepEAT: closing the loop in the food industry

Duration: 01/2020 – 03/2022
Partners: Flanders’ FOOD, Citrique Belge, Brouwerij Haacht, Volys
With the support of: VLAIO

Using pilot tests, we investigated pre-treatment techniques that can increase the efficiency of water treatment and reduce operational costs. We compared two reuse technologies: ultrafiltration/reverse osmosis  and membrane bioreactor /reverse osmosis. In addition, innovative technologies for quality assurance were also tested. The results show it is also possible for food companies to reuse purified process water – where the process water must meet high quality requirements. 

demonstration and dissemination project

AEROGRAM: aerobic granular sludge for membrane filtration

Duration: 01/2019 - 06/2020 
Partners: BioWAVE (University of Antwerp), VITO, Izico, WZI Olen
With the support of: Vlakwa

In the AEROGRAM project, we demonstrated that the aerobic granular sludge technology  can also be implemented in industrial wastewater - in this case largely from meat processing companies. We showed that it is possible to form sludge with excellent settling properties via appropriate process control, and that a good sludge structure increases the efficiency of an MBR installation and thus facilitates water reuse.

demonstration and dissemination project

CARVE: chemical-free wastewater recovery in the food industry

Duration: 01/2017 - 12/2017 
Partners: VITO, Allgro, Paas Food, Wateris, Fevia
With the support of: Vlakwa

In the CARVE project, we conducted a pilot study with a membrane bioreactor (MBR)  and reverse osmosis (RO)  on the sites of the end users Allgro and Paas Food. In addition, we studied an alternative technique for the reduction of biofouling and evaluated the preconditions for water reuse. This project showed that an MBR+RO produces water of process water quality. We achieved reuse percentages of 65%. Furthermore, we developed a guideline for reuse in the food industry.

demonstration and dissemination project

DUWAHE2: wastewater reuse and heat recovery for small breweries

Duration: 01/2015 - 12/2015 
Partners: VITO, Huyghe brewery, Bosteels brewery, CORE 
With the support of: Vlakwa

Together with research partner VITO and student cooperative CORE we wanted to demonstrate that reuse of treated wastewater and heat recovery from a water treatment plant are affordable, also for smaller breweries. By implementing an RO installation, the water consumption of the Huyghe brewery dropped to 3 litres of water per litre beer. In addition, it proved possible to recover heat from the biological treatment system of Bosteels via a double heat exchanger.

Would you like to bring in our expertise in a research programme? Get in touch with our innovation department!