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ECO-efficient management of WAter in the MAnufacturing industry

Objective

The ECOWAMA Project proposes a new eco-efficient closed cycle management model for the treatment of effluents of the metal and plastic surface processing industry (STM). Such STM waste water is extensively contaminated with oils and greases, organic loading, a salt fraction and especially with heavy metals (e.g. nickel, copper, zinc and others). Hence STM enterprises have high interest on efficient, cost-effective and sustainable treatment of their effluents. ECOWAMA’s approach combines wastewater treatment with recovery of ultrapure water, highly valuable metals and energy. Therefore an environmental friendly, effective and innovative system will be developed including Electrocoagulation, Electrooxidation and Electrowinning technologies. Additionally hydrogen produced during Electrocoagulation/Electrooxidation processes will be used to deal as feed for fuel cells to generate electricity which reduces the energy demand of the whole process. Pre- and post-treatment will be carried out to remove oils/greases and conductivity. The heavy metals will be separated from the waste water stream through an electro-precipitation process. After metal dissolution from precipitation sludge a novel electrowinning process using novel electrodes, optimised geometry and process management will reduce the dissolved metal ions to a solid aggregate state with high purity. The outcome of this is a valuable raw material that can be easily sold or reused for STM operations. Due to the extremely high level of prices for metals at the global market ECOWAMA’s participants and post-project clients will have strong economic benefits beside the positive environmental impacts of the process.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste water
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 780 278
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (10)

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 566 200
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dirk Saseta (Mr.)
E.R.S. - Steuerungstechnik - GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 359 281
Address
Industriepark 26
74706 Osterburken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Uwe Belzner (Mr.)
HYGEAR BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 431 360
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ellart De Wit (Dr.)
HIDROQUIMIA TRACTAMENTS I QUIMICA INDUSTRIAL SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 189 600
Address
Carretera Bv 1274, Km1, Edificio Norte, Planta 2, Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Terrassa Orbital 40
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gemma Vilar (Ms.)
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 295 475
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Florence Thepenier (Mrs.)
KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION MARKET S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 102 000
Address
Calle Venezuela 103 Planta 1 Puerta
08019 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Janira Mcleod (Ms.)
Eilenburger Elektrolyse- und Umwelttechnik GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 426 400
Address
Friedrich-engelhorn-str. 7
04838 Eilenburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Jürgen Förster (Dr.)
SAXONIA GALVANIK GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 85 500
Address
Erzstrasse 5
09633 Halbrücke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Lantzsch (Mr.)
AQON WATER SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 309 515
Address
Im Erpel 6
64665 Alsbach-haehnlein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marian Wilk (Mr.)
TMW SA
France
EU contribution
€ 324 390
Address
Place De La Republique Dominicaine 6
75017 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antoine Gourdon (Mr.)