Biomakerij consecrated by Abbot Dom Bernardus
Biomakerij wins Circular Award 2019
Recently, Abbot Dom Bernardus consecrated the first Biomakerij in the Netherlands in Our Lady of Koningshoeven Abbey in Berkel-Enschot.
The Biomakerij is an ecological water purification plant which purifies the abbey’s wastewater using the interaction that microorganisms in the wastewater enter into with microorganisms on the roots of plants that form part of the purification system. The Biomakerij project, an initiative by Brother Isaac, is an example of a new generation of water purification systems for the circular economy and a first for the Netherlands. The Biomakerij is a Metabolic Network Reactor in which around 3000 types of microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoa, metazoa) attach themselves to plant roots and synthetic roots. They then enter into metabolic processes with the wastewater. This way of purifying requires less energy and less space compared to other water purification systems. The Biomakerij building is an architectural masterpiece with beautiful stained-glass windows. The abbey will be using the purified wastewater for watering own grounds, sprinkling plants in the nursery and, within a year or two, for rinsing the beer bottles.