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Controlled environment biopiling for contaminated land treatment

Objective

Problems to be solved
The proposal for an EU Action Programme for Integrated Groundwater Protection and Management (COM (96) 315 final), adopted by the Commission in August 1996, and the proposal for a Water Framework Directive (COM (97) 49 final) issued in February 1997, which aim to protect groundwater, inland surface waters, estuaries, and coastal waters and groundwater, will form the framework for the whole of water policy. The Water Framework Directive would require Member States to prepare a programme of measures to attain "good" surface water and ground water status by the end of 2010. There is a huge amount of contaminated land across Europe. Water transfer through these sites can leach contaminants into the groundwater. The TerraNova project will develop a rapid bioremediation process, which will enable SME's to make a real contribution to cleaning up that contamination.
Scientific objectives and approach
Biopiling is a commonly used technique for bioremediating contaminated land. The TerraNova project aims to bring together the skills of microbiologists, contaminated land treatment engineers, heating engineers, chemists, analysts and computer/control engineers to engineer the bio pile as a bioreactor to create optimum condition for very rapid bioremediation. The TerraNova process aims to level out the supply of nutrients, of air and, even the temperature across the bio pile and thus greatly reduce the fluctuations in the rate of bioremediation, giving a process which could reduce the treatment time by 70%.
Deliverables:
· Design and build a laboratory scale TerraNova bio pile involving a monitoring / control unit, heating ventilation and air conditioning unit (6months)
· Operate and evaluate the results from the laboratory TerraNova (12 months)
· Design and construct a field scale TerraNova bio pile (18 months)
· Operate and evaluate the results from the field TerraNova (33 months)
· Evaluate the applicability of TerraNova across the EU in terms of techno commercial, regulatory and marketability (0-36 months)
· Produce a technology transfer package for SME's (30-36 months)
Expected impacts
Contaminated land treatment is fundamentally a low technology business involving bulldozers and diggers. Because of this an under lying objective is to provide a low technology, robust process, with robust on line monitoring and control, which can be used by unsophisticated SME's. TerraNova is very much about employment; the project is about transferring the technology through a licensing process across the Europe so that the huge market can be exploited by those SME's. The whole concept of TerraNova is to cleanup-contaminated soil in a closed safe fashion and do it quickly and efficiently. It will therefore help quickly to reduce human exposure to harmful chemicals and pollutant and improve the quality of life and health for European citizens.

The proposal for an EU Action Programme for Integrated Groundwater Protection and Management (COM (96) 315 final), adopted by the Commission in August 1996, and the proposal for a Water Framework Directive (COM (97) 49 final) issued in February 1997, which aim to protect groundwater, inland surface waters, estuaries, and coastal waters and groundwater, will form the framework for the whole of water policy. The Water Framework Directive would require Member States to prepare a programme of measures to attain "good" surface water and ground water status by the end of 2010. There is a huge amount of contaminated land across Europe. Water transfer through these sites can leach contaminants into the groundwater. The TerraNova project will develop a rapid bioremediation process, which will enable SME's to make a real contribution to cleaning up that contamination.



Expected impacts
Contaminated land treatment is fundamentally a low technology business involving bulldozers and diggers. Because of this an under lying objective is to provide a low technology, robust process, with robust on line monitoring and control, which can be used by unsophisticated SME's. TerraNova is very much about employment, the project is about transferring the technology through a licensing process across the Europe so that the huge market can be exploited by those SME's. The whole concept of TerraNova is to cleanup contaminated soil in a closed safe fashion and do it quickly and efficiently. It will therefore help quickly to reduce human exposure to harmful chemicals and pollutant and improve the quality of life and health for European citizens.

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Participants (4)

BIOSENSORES SL.
Spain
Address
1,Calle Ausias March 1
12593 Moncofar
JOHN VIJGEN CONSULT
Denmark
Address
Elmevej 14
2840 Holte
RESPONSE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Abbeyfield House Blyth Road Maltby
S66 8HX Rotherham
UNIVERSITY OF DERBY
United Kingdom
Address
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB Derby