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A NOVEL SYSTEM TO BREAKDOWN HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES IN WASTE WATER STREAMS INTO HARMLESS BIO-FRIENDLY COMPOUNDS USING MULTI-CHROMATIC UV LIGHT

Objective

There is a need to mange Europe’s finite water resources. Water discharged from industrial processes needs to be returned into our environment in a safe and clean state. This is reflected by the Water Framework Directive (EC 2455/2001/EC) and other legislation. Over 7,000 million cubic metres of heavily polluted water are discharged by our targeted industries every year in Europe, existing technologies that are used to address this issue do not resolve this problem in a satisfactory way, they simply just remove the problem for further environmentally unfriendly treatment elsewhere. Our technological concept is to develop an industrial wastewater treatment system for the removal of complex organic pollutants by advanced oxidation without chemical additives using a polychromatic light in the UV and VUV range. Basic research work has validated the feasibility of our approach and our proposed solution. Further innovations by us will be in; enabling effective breakdown of organic pollutants in waste streams into harmless material, without the use of chemical additions (measured by total organic carbon – TOC), using a novel, reliable and cost-effective polychromatic excimer UV and VUV source for in-line operation, with associated development of an on-line (TOC) sensor and process control to ensure clean continuous discharges from waste streams. With a potential market for our system in the priority sectors we have selected of over €550 million pa (EU27) and €10 billion globally, we anticipate that within 5 years post project we can save EU industry over €14 billion pa. and generate direct sales revenue of €45 million for our SME partnership led by our SME coordinator (SICO Austria). Our proposed system will be able to safely and cheaply treat toxic organic waste streams; breaking down hazardous substances into harmless bio-friendly compounds, using an advanced oxidation process based on multi-chromatic UV, without generating any secondary toxic by-products.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

SICO Technology GmbH
Address
Bleiberg-nötsch 176
9531 Bleiberg-kreuth
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 229 174
Administrative Contact
Walter Nadrag (Mr.)

Participants (9)

Heckmann Polska Produkcia Metalowai Maszyn Sp.z.o.o.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 37 749
Address
Ul. Sulecinska 1A
PL 66435 Krzeszyce
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adam Andrunszko (Mr.)
Uvasol Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 96 002
Address
The Widon 42
LE11 3PE Loughborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Keith Fawdington (Dr.)
E.R.S. - Steuerungstechnik - GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 115 646
Address
Industriepark 26
74706 Osterburken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Dörfler (Mr.)
LFE LABORATORIUM FUR INDUSTRIELLE FORSCHUNG GMBH & CO ENTWICKLUNGS KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 116 579
Address
Henschelstrasse 3
63477 Maintal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gary Brown (Mr.)
BAMO MESURES SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 56 222
Address
Rue Voie Des Bans 22
95100 Argenteuil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yannick Moinet (Mr.)
Aditivos Industriales y Servicios para el Agua S.L
Spain
EU contribution
€ 117 840
Address
Poligono Industril Tarancon Sur, C. Sancho Panza 4
16400 Tarancon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luisa Maria Martinez Paez (Ms.)
VILA ELECTROQUIMICA, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 48 625
Address
Mies De Vega
39300 Torrelavega
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Vila Sanchez (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 000
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 215
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)