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Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates from olive oil mills wastewater

Objective

Europe is the prime producer of olive oil, accounting for more than 95% of the worldwide production. Olive oil benefits in human diet are nowadays well known to all the consumers but few people are aware that, despite of its beneficial effects, its production process has intrinsically a huge impact on the environment, since olive oil mills wastewater (alpechin) contains a high quantity of toxic organic and inorganic compounds such as lipids, pectin, xylan and related mono and polysaccharides, mono and oligo polysaccharides, phenolics and salts. Given this huge problem for the environment, it urges to find out a very effective process for the olive oil mills wastewater (OOMW) treatment, guaranteeing a very low impact on the environment. In order to achieve this challenging goal, the POLYVER project proposers will put together their expertise to build up a research project whose main aim is to minimize the environmental impact of olive oil production, drastically reducing the water content in biological polluting substances of about 80%. In addition to such a relevant benefit, the POLYVER project intrinsically will bring a considerable added value to the SMEs. The treatment foreseen is based on a specific use of microrganisms that, digesting OOMW, will produce bioplastic monomers (PHAs) that are biodegradable substitutes of fossil fuel plastics and can be produced from renewable raw materials. Varying the production strains, substrates and co-substrates it will be possible to synthesise polyesters with different monomeric composition resulting in PHAs with engineered physical characteristics and performances. The main innovative elements of the project will be the development of a new, specific and highly efficient bioreactor for the treatment of olive mills waste water, the development of a process for PHAs production by bacteria growing in alpechin amended media, the individuation of the most cost-efficient treatment for the valorisation of bio-polyesters.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COOP
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Coordinator

LABOR S.R.L.
Address
Via Della Scrofa, 117
Roma
Italy

Participants (10)

ANTICO FRANTOIO TOSCANO
Italy
Address
Via Bolgherese 3
Livorno
ARGUS UMWELTBIOTECHNOLOGIE GMBH
Germany
Address
Kitzingstr. 11-13
Berlin
DEKONTA, A.S.
Czechia
Address
Podhori 328/28
Usti Nad Labem
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece
Address
Vassilika Vouton
Heraklion
G. DIMITRIADIS & SIA O. E.
Greece
Address
Astrikas, Kolymbari
Chania
IDROPLAX SRL
Italy
Address
Via Del Palazzaccio 59
Altopascio (Lucca)
IOANNIS SKIADAS AND CO JOINT STOCK COMPANY
Greece
Address
Strefi Messinias
Aristomenous Municipality
SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA AGRICOLA OLIVARERA NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LOS DESAMPARADOS
Spain
Address
Antigua Carretera De La Rambla S/n
Puente Genil (Cordoba)
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio S/n
Granada
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
Pisa