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Novel sustainable bioprocesses for the European colour industries

Novel sustainable bioprocesses for the European colour industries

Objective

The traditional colour industry was an important activity in Europe until the end of 20th century. It suffers now displacement to the developing world due to high labour costs as well as increasing production related environmental costs in Europe. As an answer to their problems (economics, lack of innovation, toxicity to human, no environmentally -friendly, non worker-friendly processes), an integrated process is proposed. This flagship project consists of a biotechnological approach covering three parallel objectives:
> To develop new bioremediation technology to detoxify coloured wastewaters.
> To develop new safe enzyme-assisted processes for the production of existing dyes.
> To create new molecules of dyes which are less toxic and synthesised biotechnologically for high added value markets. To face those breakthroughs, "SOPHIED" project establishes a partnership among 17 Sees, 7 Universities and 3 Research Centres from 10 countries (total EC budget of 6 258 000? and a total effort of 2641 person-months) with a financial networking plan deep rooted into regional and national funding. The project is led by high-technology SME, Wetlands Engineering, under the strong administrative support of the coordinator, the Catholic University of Louvain.The four years project is based on a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the value chain from the industrial needs, development of biotechnological processes, engineering, up to technology transfer. Besides research activities, a strong structure are developed to manage innovation related activities, dissemination, demonstration activities, mobility, and training. New production models "based on knowledge" to replace "trial-error" will be proposed to low-RTD sectors in the value chain. It is expected that this will lead to a concrete evolution of the traditional colour industries towards high tech Sees, which will become more completive, innovative and sustainable.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITÉ CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Address

Place De L'UniversitÉ, 1
Louvain-La-Neuve

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Sophie VANHULLE (Dr)

Participants (28)

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WETLANDS ENGINEERING SPRL

Belgium

UNIVERSITY OF NAPLES FEDERICO II

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

United Kingdom

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

LABOR GRIEDER

Switzerland

SETAS KIMYA SAN AS.

Turkey

BIOTRANSFER

France

STAB TRATAMENTO DE AGUAS E BIOTECNOLOGIA, LDA

Portugal

INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA

Portugal

MARIA CURIE SKLODOWSKA UNIVERSITY

Poland

ISTANBUL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

MARWIK INFORMATIK

Switzerland

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUER UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

JENABIOS GMBH UMWELTBIOTECHNOLOGIEN & SERVICELEISTUNGEN

Germany

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

United Kingdom

CELABOR SCRL

Belgium

BLC LEATHER TECHNOLOGY CENTER LTD

United Kingdom

OVELACQ BVBA

Belgium

EUBELIUS

Belgium

KYKE HELLAS S.A.

Greece

RAYON TEXTILE INDUSTRIES AND FOREIGN TRADE CO LTD

Turkey

COOPERATIVA TESSILE DI SOCI SCRL

Italy

CONCERIA ANTIBA S.P.A.

Italy

TINTORIA GORI MANIFATTURA LUCCHESE LANE E FIBRE

Italy

STAB VIDA - INVESTIGACAO E SERVICOS EM CIENCIAS BIOLOGICAS LDA

Portugal

HYDROTOX LABOR FÜR ÖKOTOXIKOLOGIE UND GEWÄSSERSCHUTZ GMBH

Germany

LAPIÈRE ET LIBERT

Belgium

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 505899

  • Start date

    1 July 2004

  • End date

    30 September 2008

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 455 401

  • EU contribution

    € 6 258 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITÉ CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium