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Biotechnological recycle of olive mills washing water by microalgae

Objective

The EU is the most important producer of olives in the world, from 2001-2007, 2,2 million tonnes of olive oil were produced in about 12.000 olive mills, which accounts for the 80% of the world production. These producers are mainly SMEs placed in the basin of the Mediterranean Sea, being Spain, Italy and Greece the biggest producers. Olive oil consumption is growing worldwide thanks to the acknowledgement of its benefits on health. Although the EU is the main olive oil consumer, the demand in countries like USA and Syria has increased significantly in recent years. On the other hand, non-European countries like Turkey, Syria and Tunisia enter the market and harden competition, threatening EU producers’ dominant position. Besides the market expansion, the olive oil sector in the EU will have to solve some long-standing environmental problems to keep its predominant situation. During the olive processing, large amounts of highly pollutant liquid wastes are generated. This poses serious problems to olive oil mills since waste management involves additional costs and logistical problems, especially for the SMEs. About 50 litres of drinkable water are required to was 100 k of olives. Hence, an enormous amount of drinkable water in Mediterranean countries is consumed by this process (about 5 billions of litres a year). Such huge amount of water is mostly required in rural areas which, in contrast, very often exhibit serious shortage of water. The main objective of ALGATEC project is the treatment and reuse of WW generated in small olive oil mills, with high pollutant content, by means of an affordable and compact photobioreactor using microalgae, capable to recover and recycle the majority of the drinkable water used in the process of olives washing. Furthermore, their problem of the disposal of wastewater will be reduced because the reutilisation of the WW will diminish the overall volume of wastewater, with both economical and environmental benefits.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Coordinator

BIOAZUL, SL
Address
Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia Numero 18, 1-4
29001 Malaga
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 374 989,90
Administrative Contact
Antonia Maria Lorenzo Lopez (Ms.)

Participants (9)

Valor Sabio
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 263 910,89
Address
Parque Impresarial De Torres
2560 383 Torres Vedras
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Ferreira (Mr.)
ISITEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 223 806,34
Address
Bussestrasse 27
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Hanken (Mr.)
Biotmicrogen S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 189 912,88
Address
Av. De La Innovación 1
18100 Armilla (Granada)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Agustin Lasserrot Cuadrado (Mr.)
Cooperativa Agricola Olivarera Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados
Spain
EU contribution
€ 8 477,96
Address
Antigua Carretera La Rambla S/n Apdo. Correos 172
14500 Puente Genil, Cordoba
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Cielos Campos (Mr.)
ENOSY AGROTIKON SYN SMON PEZON - (UNION OF AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES OF PEZA PEZA UNION)
Greece
EU contribution
€ 9 064,03
Address
Kalloni Pediados
70100 Irakleio, Crete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anestis Vasiliadis (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mª Victoria Martinez Toledo (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
Address
Via S Maria In Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silvano Onofri (Prof.)
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION.
Greece
Address
Egialias And Chalepa Street, Maroussi 19
15125 Athens
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Konstantinos Chartzoulakis (Dr.)
VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Germany
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Schories (Dr.)