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Valorisation of agro-industrial waste to obtain zeolite-based composite materials and their use in environmental remediation and biofuel production

Objective

In EU, an average of 3.1 million tons of paddy rice is produced (ca. 450.000 ha). Around 80% of the EU rice production takes place in Italy and Spain, with a further 12% in Greece and Portugal. Globally, 750 million tons of rice husk (RH) are yearly produced, and it is estimated a continuous increase of 1.1% each year. Each ton of rice can produce 20% of RH, that must be eliminated since it accumulates in the environment due to its low degradability. RH generates 18-20% of RHA through a combustion process. The inadequate deposition of RHA pollutes the environment and deteriorates the respiratory system of humans and animals. During RH incineration, the burnt ash can spread into a large area facilitated by air, causing environmental pollution. According to these figures, large volumes of RHAs with low density are becoming a major challenge to the surroundings of dumping environment and dump fill areas.

VALZEO intends to employ RHAs as raw supplies to produce composite materials based on hierarchical zeolites modified by metal oxide nanoparticles (MON) and metal-organic framework (MOF) materials with a double purpose, the removal of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, dyes and microorganisms in water, and the catalytic production of biodiesel.

To address such challenge, VALZEO will promote the exchange of researchers from participating institutions to enhance the exchange of knowledge, best practices, know-how, innovative ideas, experience, cooperation, and culture of work. VALZEO will foster, improve and develop permanent international and inter-sector collaboration between academic research centers, and private sector, enhancing the exchange of knowledge, best practices, know-how, innovations, experience, mutual cooperation and culture of work at different regions and countries (ES, IT, UK and CU) through a series of scheduled secondments.

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Net EU contribution
€ 331 200,00
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Spain

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data

Participants (4)

UNIVERSIDAD PABLO DE OLAVIDE
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 243 800,00
Address
Carretera De Utrera Km 1
41013 Sevilla

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Region
Andalucía Sevilla
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 105 800,00
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona

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Region
Centro (IT) Marche Ancona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data
AERIS TECNOLOGIAS AMBIENTALES SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 156 400,00
Address
Calle Santa Rosa 38
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
No data
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES LIMITED
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 46 000,00
Address
Ducart Suite Castletroy Commercial Park Castletroy St Mary's Place
V94 Y6FD Limerick

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ireland Southern Mid-West
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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No data

Partners (4)

Z PRIME LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
7 Waters Reach, 10 Reservoir Road
HA4 7TU Ruislip

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
London Outer London — West and North West Harrow and Hillingdon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
No data
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA HABANA
Cuba
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Colina Universitaria San Lazaro Y L
10400 Plaza

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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No data
MINISTERIO DE EDUCACION SUPERIOR
Cuba
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Calle 23 No 565 Esquina A F. Fedado Plaza
10400 La Habana

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
No data
Instituto de Investigaciones de Granos
Cuba
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Carretera Autopista Novia Del Mediodía Km 16
32400 Artemisa

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
No data