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Innovative electrodes to control trace metal ionization used to treat Legionella and other pathogens in water distribution systems

Objective

One of the most effective methods for the abatement and prevention of Legionella and other hazardous pathogens in water is copper-silver ionization. This method is based on channelling water through a device that applies low potential electricity to copper and silver electrodes, releasing Cu and Ag ions which kill the bacteria. Currently there is no device available for monitoring the trace metal content at ppb level in water, essential to gain approval from health authorities. This project develops a new monitoring tool based on Hg-free micro-electrodes capable of monitoring at low concentrations in water. Innovative boron doped diamond electrodes for longer term monitoring, and screen printed electrodes for shorter term monitoring will be incorporated into the analytical device. The device will be linked to a self-adaptive intelligent controller to control the dosing of copper and silver. Further the system will be provided with a wireless communication interface which will allow remote control over the internet as well as operation of a central data recording server. After laboratory calibration and operator training, 5 prototypes will be tested at sites provided by the SME partners in NL, SK, GR, and CY. Development of this tool will strengthen the market position of the SMEs in a field where no comparable device is currently present. Based on the number of copper-silver ionisation systems already sold in Europe, estimates indicate a market value of more than 100m euro over five years for the SILCO device. In addition, promising spin-offs are foreseen since the system will also be capable of measuring range of other trace metals in aqueous environments.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

EIJKELKAMP AGRISEARCH EQUIPMENT BV
Address
Nijverheidsstraat 30
6987 EM Giesbeek
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 279 298
Administrative Contact
Jos Van Zuilen (Mr.)

Participants (7)

ECOBIOSERVICES AND RESEARCHES SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 210 000
Address
Via Della Sala 141
50145 Firenze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesco Tona (Mr.)
RNDr. Kamil Vrana, CSc.-HYDEKO-KV
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 155 000
Address
Planckova 4
851 01 Bratislava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kamil Vrana (Dr.)
HOLLAND WATERTECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Burgemeester Roozeveld Van Der Venlaan 13
4191 PL Geldermalsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leonardus De Zeeuw (Mr.)
TERRAMENTOR EVROPAIKOS OMILOS OIKONOMIKOU SKOPOU*TERRAMENTOR EEIG
Greece
EU contribution
€ 128 000
Address
Stratigou Tompra 9
15342 Alimos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pavlos Sotiropoulos (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 2 250
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antonio Bianchi (Prof.)
SELOR EEIG
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 2 740
Address
Saffierstraat 101 C
1074 GP Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
James Baker (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE KOLN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 379
Address
Gustav-heinemann-ufer 54
50968 Koln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frauke Schmidt (Ms.)