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Demonstration project to prove the techno-economic feasibility of using algae to treat saline wastewater from the food industry.

Objective

The aim of the project is to implement and demonstrate at large scale the long-term technological and economic feasibility of an innovative, sustainable and efficient solution for the treatment of high salinity wastewater from the F&D industry. Conventional wastewater treatments have proven ineffective for this kind of wastewater, as the bacterial processes typically used for the elimination of organic matter and nutrients are inhibited under high salinity contents. Therefore, generally combinations of biological and physicochemical methods are used which greatly increase the costs of the treatment, making it unaffordable for SMEs, who voluntarily decide not to comply with EU directives and discharge without prior treatment, causing severe damage to the environment.
The solution of SALTGAE to this issue consists in the implementation of innovative technologies for each step of the wastewater treatment that will promote energy and resource efficiency, and reduce costs. Amongst these, the use of halotolerant algae/bacteria consortiums in HRAPs for the elimination of organic matter and nutrients stands out for its high added value: not only will it provide an effective and ecological solution for wastewater treatment, but also it will represent an innovative way of producing algal biomass, that will subsequently be valorized into different by-products, reducing the economic and environmental impact of the treatment.
Moreover, the project will also address cross-cutting barriers to innovation related to wastewater by developing a platform for the mobilization and networking of stakeholders from all the different sectors related to wastewater, and for the dissemination of results, enabling the development of a common roadmap for the alignment of legislation, regulation and pricing methodologies and promoting financial investment and paradigm shift in perception from ‘wastewater treatment’ to ‘resource valorisation’.
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Coordinator

FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO Y LA INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA

Address

Paseo Castellana Num 141 Planta 18 Edificio Cuzco Iv
28046 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 229 072,83

Participants (20)

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BIBOAQUA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 693 332,50

ARCHIMEDE RICERCHE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 475 825,01

ALGEN, CENTER ZA ALGNE TEHNOLOGIJE, DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 277 488,75

KOTO PROIZVODNO IN TRGOVSKO PODJETJE DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 285 569,25

ARAVA BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 491 750

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 657 954,73

Fondazione Parco Tecnologico Padano

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 429 971,25

OXIDINE WATER TECHNOLOGY SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 227 416,88

NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 640 450

PRODUMIX SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 330 597,75

EXTRACTIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 580 408,75

CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 430 000

INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 469 987,50

EUROPEAN BIOMASS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 163 500

ENCO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 315 875

ASOCIACION CLUSTER FOOD+I

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 262 500

EUROPEAN DESALINATION SOCIETY

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 316 000

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 513 752,49

OFFICINE MECCANICHE SANFILIPPO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 246 795,26

TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 256 070,92

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 689785

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 844 741,39

  • EU contribution

    € 8 294 318,87

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO Y LA INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA

Spain

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