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Diffuse phosphorus input to surface waters - new concepts in removal, recycling andmanagement (P-TRAP)

Diffuse phosphorus input to surface waters - new concepts in removal, recycling andmanagement (P-TRAP)

Objective

Flux of phosphate (P) from agricultural areas to surface waters is wasting a resource which is becoming scarce and is in conflict with the principles of a circular economy. Enhanced loading of surface water with P is the main cause for eutrophication and presents a key challenge in meeting the objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive. P-TRAP targets both problems and develops new methods and approaches to trap P in drained agricultural areas and in the sediments of eutrophic lakes. Trapping of P involves the application of iron(Fe)-containing by-products from drinking water treatment. P-TRAP aspires the ideas of a circular economy and aims at recovering the retained P in agricultural systems. Novel microbial technologies will be developed to convert P-loaded Fe-minerals into marketable fertilizers whose suitability will be evaluated. The new P-TRAP technologies have in common that they rely on the naturally strong connection between P and Fe and the innovative P-TRAP strategies will be underpinned by process-orientated investigations on the behavior of P during the transformation of Fe minerals. The latter are key in trapping and recycling of P in agricultural systems and lakes. P-TRAP establishes a framework of partners from multiple science and engineering disciplines. Integration of non-academic partners from various stakeholder groups into the P-TRAP consortium paves the way for direct implementation of the acquired knowledge. P-TRAP provides Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) an environment for conducting innovative scientific research by using state-of-the-art methodology. Training through P-TRAP increases the ESRs’ mobility between sectors, cultures, and nations and strengthens their responsibility to exploiting scientific results for societal and economical benefit. P-TRAP will offer ESRs an excellent starting point for a career of leadership in a number of environmental and sustainable business sectors, academia, and public administration.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Address

Heidelberglaan 8
3584 Cs Utrecht

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 531 239,76

Participants (8)

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UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 264 207,24

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 505 576,80

EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 281 276,64

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 303 172,56

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 250 904,88

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 256 320

G.E.O.S.INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 252 788,40

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 265 619,88

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EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

GeoTeam-Gesellschaft für umweltgerechte Land- und Wasserwirtschaft mbH

BAYERISCHE FORSCHUNGSALLIANZ BAVARIAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE GMBH

ARCADIS NEDERLAND BV

STICHTING WATERNET

AQUAMINERALS BV

FERTIBERIA SA

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 813438

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2019

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 911 106,16

  • EU contribution

    € 2 911 106,16

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands