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Promotion and focussing of current research activities of Membrane Technology in Water Treatment in the Mediterranean Region

Objective

The complex dimensions of the Mediterranean freshwater resources, their fragility and their scarcity have been highlighted and have received considerable attention as a primary priority issue politically, technically and scientifically. Membrane technology, with its different applications in water treatment (desalination, potable water treatment, wastewater treatment and reuse) has showed to be a powerful tool to abate the water crisis in the Mediterranean region.

During the last five years, this technology has received a lot of attention, resulting in an improvement of membrane materials and techniques, which provide higher fluxes, longer lifetime, partly improving the fouling and high costs. Although there are several national and international membrane research activities, lack of cooperation, very limited know-how exchange and an uncoordinated use of resources leads to parallel and ineffective R#Amp;D activities.

The primary objective of PROMEMBRANE is to support the current research and development activities in membrane technology focussed on water treatment in the Mediterranean area, providing an international stage to local research organisations and universities devoted to the development of membrane technologies in the following areas: municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, surface water purification and brackish and sea water treatment for drinking purpose.

The first stage of the project will cover the identification, mapping and evaluation of the on-going research, in order to propose future research and cooperation strategies. The second stage, will be the diffusion and dissemination of successful experiences and research activities being currently carried out, through the organisation of the two regional contests 'PROMEMBRANE Young Scientist Award' along the frame of the two regional Fairs in Egypt and Syria and an international conference in Tunisia, encouraging and promoting further research activities in membrane technologies.

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Coordinator

VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN E.V.

Address

An Der Karlstadt 10
Bremerhaven

Germany

Administrative Contact

Schories GERHARD (Dr)

Participants (6)

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AL-BAATH UNIVERSITY

Syria

BIOAZUL S.L.

Spain

BIRZEIT UNIVERSITY

Palestine

CENTRE DE BIOTECHNOLOGIE DE SFAX

Tunisia

ISTITUTO PER LA TECNOLOGIA DELLE MEMBRANE - CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER

Egypt

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 31773

  • Start date

    15 August 2006

  • End date

    14 August 2008

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 249 885

  • EU contribution

    € 249 885

Coordinated by:

VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN E.V.

Germany