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Development of a Cost Effective, Low-Maintenance, On-Line Instrument to Detect Heavy Metal Concentrations in Wastewaters

Objective

All contaminated water, whether originating in industry, agriculture or households, causes damage to the environment and to human health. Industrial wastewater, contaminated by heavy metals, migrates to surface and underground water sources. Heavy metals are elements that have a high density and are toxic or poisonous even at low concentrations. In addition to wastewater, sewer sludge, the residual semi-solid material remaining from urban and industrial wastewater treatment processes, also contains high levels of heavy metals. Consortium members of the current METELCAD project recognize that with the advent of increasing environmental EC Directives, there is a critical need in Europe to develop a low cost, and efficient detection technology for metal contaminated wastewater to safeguard public health and reduce pollution and clean up costs. METELCAD will allow consortium SMEs to detect heavy metal presence in industrial wastewater before it is released into the environment or before it reaches the sludge stage. The commercial objective of the proposal is to develop an on-line, low maintenance, on-site, continuous monitoring technology utilizing electrolyte cathode glow discharge technique to monitor heavy metal contaminated wastewaters that are loaded with high fat emulsion. This cost-effective technology will facilitate compliance with EU environmental legislation in a business-friendly manner, facilitating industrial wastewater management. The proposed technology is also relevant to other industrial sectors including ferrous and non-ferrous metals industry.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water treatment processes/wastewater treatment processes

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Address
Tetenyi Ut 93
1119 Budapest
Hungary
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 47 335
Administrative Contact
Melinda Kuthy (Ms.)

Participants (8)

PERMASTORE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 208 318
Address
Airfield Industrial Park
IP23 7HS Eye, Suffolk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Saqlain Ali (Mr.)
MALEX ZAKLAD UTYLIZACJI ODPADOW MONIKA MALICKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 151 802
Address
Ul. Wernera Jerzego Prof 23
91 169 Lodz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monika Malicka (Ms.)
PURITY CONTROL SPOL S.R.O.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 193 584
Address
Premyslovcu 30
70900 Ostrava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petr Silhan (Mr.)
AQUA CONCORDE VIZANALITIKAI ES VIZTECHNOLOGIAI KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 193 183
Address
Bosnyak Ter 11
1145 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tamas Cserfalvi (Dr.)
INGENIORFIRMA TISON TITLESTAD AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 147 284
Address
Leirvikasen 39 B
5179 Godvik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ove Martin Nedregotten (Mr.)
WATER SERVICES CORPORATION - WSC
Malta
EU contribution
€ 43 031
Address
Qormi Road
LQA 9043 Luqa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paul Micallef (Mr.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 19 716
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eva Romagosa (Ms.)
CENTIV GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 10 828
Address
Villinger Weg 10
28816 Stuhr
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Malte Bethke (Mr.)