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InteGRated systems for Effective ENvironmEntal Remediation

InteGRated systems for Effective ENvironmEntal Remediation

Objective

Increasing chemical pollution seriously compromises the health of ecosystems and humans worldwide. Hazardous compounds, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals and emerging pollutants contaminate soils/sediments, ground and surface waters. To prevent/minimise the risks associated with the accumulations of these chemicals in the environment it is key to establish low-cost/green methodologies for the treatment and redevelopment of contaminated areas. Several physico-chemical methods have been explored to remove pollutants in the environment, but these are complex, energy consuming or expensive. The exploitation of the capability of bacteria, fungi and phototrophs to transform toxic contaminants into harmless end-products, can lead instead to cheap and sustainable bioremediation alternatives.
GREENER proposes the development of innovative, efficient and low-cost hybrid solutions that integrate bioremediation technologies with bio-electrochemical systems (BES). BES, such as microbial fuel cells, break down organic contaminants through the action of electroactive bacteria while generating electrical current. We will investigate the synergetic effect of different bioremediation strategies and demonstrate effective pollutants removal in water and soil/sediments, while generating side products of interest, such as bioelectricity. The type and entity of contamination, along with the specific physico-chemical/microbial characteristics of the environment to be depolluted, will feed into a decision-making toolbox. The latter will allow the establishment of ad hoc integrated solutions, which will take into account effectiveness of biodegradation, costs, environmental risks and social aspects. Fundamental research will be performed at lab-scale, while pilot-tests will be used to proof the scaling-up feasibility for field applications. Environmental benefits and risks, compared to standard remediation approaches, including energy efficiency, will be investigated.

Coordinator

EXERGY LTD

Address

Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry
Cv1 2tt Coventry

United Kingdom

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 557 750

Participants (16)

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AXIA INNOVATION UG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 174 500

MICROGEN BIOTECH LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 184 107

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS EUROPE SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 170 750

TAUW GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 299 750

VERTECH GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 259 500

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 309 713,75

INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CARLOW

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 193 562,50

MATERIA NOVA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 326 750

MENDELOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 236 430

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 399 965

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 233 062,50

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 505 500

UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 379 750

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 163 178,75

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 217 555

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 352 343,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 826312

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2019

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 527 031,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 964 168,25

Coordinated by:

EXERGY LTD

United Kingdom