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Innovative eco-friendly activated carbon filters for harmful vapors & gases VOC purification

Objective

CARVOC wants to solve the social, environmental and economic problem that represents the emission of VOC/TIC to the atmosphere through the development of innovative activated carbon filters (ACF) based on activated carbons (AC) produced from natural wastes, capable of adsorbing VOC/TIC emitted by highly pollutant industries or that may be released in industrial accidents or in terrorist attacks.
The resulting ACF will be primarily integrated into industrial filtering systems and personal protection equipments but may be included in all products whose purpose is the VOC purification. One of the project's goals is to decrease global air pollution.
The wastes to be used for R&D of AC are the hemp residues from farming and industrial processing. They are a particularly suitable and novel raw material since hemp represents a sustainable crop with beneficial environmental characteristics not offered by other plants and it has many advantages for the preparation of AC mainly, large amounts of hemp residues are generated and its high carbon content.
Different methods for the activation of the residues will be used for preparing AC with a suitable porous texture for gas and vapor phase pollutant abatement. There will be selected the most frequent and harmful VOC for the environment and with the greatest toxicity for Humans and Ecosystems. Adsorption tests will be carried out with the selected VOC, to determine the adsorption capacity of the AC towards those compounds, both in mixture or separately and, to evaluate the performance of the materials obtained.
In CARVOC the SMEs will benefit from the R&D conducted by the RTDs, because it will be obtained an ACF with improved structural and functional features to existing AC on the market since it will be produced from a new precursor, hemp fiber, and will be specifically activated for the purification of VOC. Moreover CARVOC will help to reduce the current 26% AC imports rate by producing a competitive AC made of hemp wastes.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

CONTACTICA S.L.
Address
Calle Canchal 8 Local 3
28021 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 228 338
Administrative Contact
Manuel Román (Mr.)

Participants (7)

TC'PLASTIC SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 293 316
Address
Rue Benjamin Franklin Zi De
44160 Pontchateau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Franck Rouxel (Mr.)
KOUKOULA LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 281 016
Address
Crockford Lane Pinewood
RG24 8AL Chineham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christopher Abbott (Mr.)
ALHAMA LINARES DESARROLLO Y CULTURA SA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 81 856
Address
Avenida De La Rioja 125
26520 Cervera Del Rio Alhama
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Pedro Benito (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 18 678
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carolina Fernandez (Ms.)
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE CHIMIE de RENNES
France
EU contribution
€ 8 660
Address
Avenue Du General Leclerc - Cs 50837 263
35708 Rennes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karine Perigois (Mrs.)
MAST CARBON INTERNATIONAL LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 13 832
Address
Jays Close Viables
RG22 4BA Basingstoke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephen Robert Tennison (Prof.)
ENVIROHEMP SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 261 304
Address
Pol Ind Aloa Calle A Nave 03
31100 Puente La Reina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manuel Román (Mr.)