Influence of Cleantech Interventions on Wastewater Chain and city of Amsterdam: towards resilient system for Phosphorus Recovery & Valorisation

DS 97: Proceedings of the 21st International DSM Conference (DSM 2019), Monterey, California, September 23rd - 25th 2019

Year: 2019
Editor: Harold (Mike) Stowe; Tyson R. Browning; Steven D. Eppinger; Jintin Tran; Paulo Montijo
Author: Amosov, Maxim (1); Zlatanovic, Ljiljana (2); van der Hoek, Jan Peter (2,3,4)
Series: DSM
Institution: Organic Village, Delft, Waternet, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions
Section: Use Case
Page(s): 9
DOI number:
ISBN: 978-1-912254-06-4


The wastewater chain (WWC) of Amsterdam offers an opportunity to recover up to 5000 tons of phosphorus (P) per year, versus 500 tons currently valorized. Our study from 2018 showed 22 critical elements, 2 system patterns and 4 leverage points for effective system transformation. In 2019, Design Structure Matrix method was applied to compare 3 scenarios for P-recovery at house, neighborhood and city levels. Analysis of Change Propagation Indicators performed in Multi-Domain Mapping Matrix Model quantified critical elements and emergent changes in WWC. Analysis unveiled: (1) most effective point for system leverage is at house, neighborhood-second; (2) most effective design of intervention is a semi-autarkic decentralized solution. Integration of the 2 scenarios into WWC would prevent risks of a changes, clogging and wasting P; while offering a win-win-win-win business model to all stakeholders linked to the P case.

The DSM methodology applied within Soley Studio allows to compare scenarios.

Keywords: city, wastewater, phosphorus, recovery, valorisation, DSM, resilience


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