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Use of mycelium fermentation by-product, for recovering heavy metals from industrial effluents

Objective

To set up a process for upgrading the biological sludge issued from fermentation industries using mycelium cultures for producing enzymes, antibiotics, citric acid or vitamins. The granulates issued from drying of these sludge at low temperature could, in case of success of the project, be used for recovering and recycling metals from industrial effluents. According to their low productions cost, they could challenge on exchange resins and electrolytic performant but too expensive for this industrial application.

- To study the fixation ability of the granulates for metals contained in zinc mettalurgy effluents.
- To design a fluidized bed reactor for a continuous on-line processing of the effluents.
- To assess the metals recovery yields using synthetic effluents.
- To define the duration of utilisation of these granulates, the processus of regeneration of their adsorption capacities and of recovery of the adsorbed metals.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Bertin et Cie S.A.
Address
59,Rue Pierre Curie 59
78373 Plaisir
France

Participants (3)

Acec Union Minière
Belgium
Address
Quai St Paul De Sincay
4900 Angleur
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
Avenue Des Martyrs 17
38054 Grenoble
Gist - Brocades BV
Netherlands
Address
1,Wateringseweg
2611 XT Delft