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Development of an efficient environmentally-friendly Algae Control System, based on ultrasound technology, designed for use in bigger ponds and lakes

Objective

Both in lakes, large ponds, water reservoirs and public waters, the growth of blue-green algae constitute a formidable problem. These types of algae represent a group of bacteria, known as cyanobacteria. They give rise to a distinctly foul odour and are also known to produce toxins. These toxins can cause various discomforts and illnesses. As well as causing skin irritations they are even suspected to be involved in the occurrence of liver cancer. Each year, numerous lakes are forced to close for all recreational use due to the growth of blue-green algae. In response to this global problem, a substantial annual budget is being released by governments with the purpose of keeping lakes clear from blue-green algae.

Today’s traditional algae controlling methods (e.g. aeration, chemical or biological additives, ultrasound and others) are not sufficiently effective when it comes to larger waters. There are high labour costs associated with the need for frequent maintenance and dosage. Another concern is the environmental impact in particular cases, especially when chemicals are used.

The ClearWaterPMPC project offers solutions to these problems by providing an environmentally-friendly technology that is based on ultrasound. Ultrasound is a well-known and proven technology for the treatment of algae. In contrast to currently available ultrasound based algae control systems, the ClearWaterPMPC project will be more cost-effective due to its low operation and installation costs. It will have an implemented online lake monitoring system and the possibility for remote control of specific control parameters. The system will also be independent of power supply from shore, since it will be self-supporting of power through solar panels and/or windmill generator.

The technical issues that will be encountered in the development work demand expertise at a high level in the areas of Ultra Sound, electronic design and IT-systems. In addition, the project requires highly skilled re

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/acoustics/ultrasound
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/phycology
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer/liver cancer

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

LG SOUND BV
Address
Platinastraat 5-7
2718 SZ Zoetermeer
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 516 544,75
Administrative Contact
Lisa Brand (Ms.)

Participants (8)

SINAPTEC
France
EU contribution
€ 211 016,50
Address
Avenue Pierre & Marie Curie 7
59260 Lezennes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pascal Tierce (Mr.)
INFORMASJONSKONTROLL AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 272 393,35
Address
Hvamsvingen 11
2013 Skjetten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Mr Berg (Mr.)
TIME KOMMUNE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 4 400
Address
Arne Garborgs Veg 30
4340 Bryne
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vidar Ausen (Mr.)
KLEPP KOMMUNE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 4 400
Address
Solaveien 1
4352 Kleppe
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Svein Oftedal (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 21 940
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 9 370
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 13 200
Address
K Donelaicio 73
44029 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Milda Beruliene (Ms.)
INSTYTUT METEOROLOGII I GOSPODARKIWODNEJ - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 12 400
Address
Ulica Podlesna 61
01 673 Warszawa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Joanna Zak (Ms.)