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Electricity driven Low Energy and Chemical input Technology foR Accelerated bioremediation

Electricity driven Low Energy and Chemical input Technology foR Accelerated bioremediation

Objective

The ELECTRA project is a EU-China RTD joint initiative that will deliver 2 innovative sets of novel electromicrobiology based environmental biotechnologies, facilitating/improving electron transfer during microbial degradation processes. Our approach will accelerate the elimination of several classes of pollutants and mixtures thereof in contaminated wastewater, groundwater, sediment and soil. The first set of biotechnologies employs bioelectrochemical systems requiring low energy input and no chemical addition. The second set comprises biotechnologies, which necessitate no energy input and minimal chemical amendment using electromicrobial concepts. ELECTRA biotechnologies will build on recent groundbreaking advances in biotechnology to develop them for environmental bioremediation applications and test the 4 most advanced technologies during field trials under various environmentally relevant conditions in both Europe (4 sites with contaminated wastewater, groundwater, soil, and sediment) and China (4 sites: mirroring tests concept) to prove their efficiency and robustness. The ELECTRA project deliberately addresses the accelerated elimination of compounds representative of hydrocarbons and derivatives, emerging pollutants, metals and nutrients and mixtures thereof in environmentally relevant concentration as a wise and careful approach taking into account the real problem of contaminations by organic and inorganic pollutants as well as nutrients. ELECTRA is a consortium of European and Chinese partners for a 4-year project. The EC-funded consortium gathers 17 partners from 6 EU countries,1 Associated Country. 1 large Chinese company is part of the EC consortium without claiming any funding from the EC since NSFC finances only fundamental research and does not allow for the inclusion of companies as partners in NSFC projects. This company has a key/essential role in replicating field test experiments from European sites to Chinese sites. The NSFC-funded consortium is constituted by five research institutions acting as international partners.
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FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ

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Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 625 000

Participants (16)

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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 323 031,25

POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 275 625

UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 361 450

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 710 825

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 315 000

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 299 937,50

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 340 000

IEG - TECHNOLOGIE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 324 625

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 159 937,50

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 410 000

METFILTER SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 314 875

AVECOM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 195 375

REGENHU SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

POTEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP CO., LTD.

China

EIDGENOSSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUR VERTEIDIGUNG, BEVOLKERUNGSSCHUTZ UND SPORT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 9 375

ENI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 826244

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 635 281,43

  • EU contribution

    € 4 995 056,25

Coordinated by:

FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ

Switzerland