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BIOMETAL DEMONSTRATION PLANT FOR THE BIOLOGICAL REHABILITATION OF METAL BEARING-WASTEWATERS

Objective

"Heavy metal pollution is one of the most important environmental problems today even threatening human life. A large number of industries produce and discharge wastes containing different heavy metals into the environment and do not comply with current EU directives. BIOMETAL DEMO project aims at demonstrating the feasibility of the application of novel biotechnologies for the treatment of metal polluted wastewaters though the development of two pilot plants to be implemented in two metal polluting representative industries which are a mine and an electroplating company.
Actual metal treatment technologies implemented in polluting industries fail to comply with the reduction of metal concentration required by the EU for wastewater treatments. For this reason, new technologies will be developed to overcome this problem.
The biotechnologies that will be evaluated in BIOMETAL DEMO project will be: metal bioprecipitation by sulphate-reducing bacteria and immobilized phytase biocatalysis, and metal biosorption on agricultural industry by-products and biopolymers such as alginate & chitosan based materials.
After the evaluation of these techniques, an optimized bioprocess or a synergy of two integrated bioprocesses will be selected to design and build two demonstration pilot plants for scaling-up the metal removal biotreatment.
The feasibility of the application of the selected bioprocess will be explored at pilot plant scale in acid mine drainage and electroplating wastewaters contaminated with heavy metals.
The operation will be monitored and optimized, and the kinetics and the performance of the metal removal/recovery bioprocess will be integrated within the pilot demonstration plants. Finally, an economic, social and technical analysis of the benefits of such tertiary biotreatment of metal polluted industrial wastewater will be carried out for the corresponding and related industrial sectors across EU."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/biocatalysis
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-WATER-INNO-DEMO
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

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
€ 455 614,40
Administrative Contact
Manuel Roman (Mr.)

Participants (8)

INDUSTRIAL GONABE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 188 046,80
Address
Calle Cobalto Parcela 96
47012 Valladolid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pablo Trilla (Mr.)
LCW CONSULT SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 296 868,60
Address
Alameda Fernao Lopes 6 A 12
1495 190 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jorge Manuel Sousa Cruz (Mr.)
SERVIECOLOGIA Y TRATAMIENTO DE AGUAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 334 898
Address
Carretera Castellon Alcora Km 19 5
12110 Alcora Castellon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
José Cabeza (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 486 454,20
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Florence Thepenier (Mrs.)
CENTRO DE CIENCIAS DO MAR DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 192 491,30
Address
Universidade Do Algarve
8005 032 Faro
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Clara Semedo Da Silva Costa (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 338 125,20
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María Isabel Rodríguez Villa (Mrs.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 356 924,80
Address
Calle Patio De Escuelas 1
37008 Salamanca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria De Los Angeles Serrano Garcia (Prof.)
HIDROLAB S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 248 282,70
Address
Calle C 10 Poligono Industrial 10
02007 Albacete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angel Polo (Mr.)