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Development of the next generation bioreactor system

Objective

Membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology is regarded as key element of advanced wastewater reclamation and reuse schemes and can considerably contribute to sustainable water management. MBR technology is used for wastewater treatment and reuse in municipal, agricultural and a variety of industrial sectors in Europe and MENA. The market pull, in the context of this NMP call, is the increasing demand for clean water complying with the strict European and MENA regulations. The European growing MBR market is dominated by two suppliers from Canada and Japan. Although, the European scientific community is strong in R&D, its expertise remains fragmented and lacks organization and communication within Europe. Despite the fact that the technical feasibility of this technology has been demonstrated through a large number of small and large scale applications, membrane fouling is regarded as an important bottleneck for further development. It is the main limitation to faster development of this process, particularly when it leads to flux losses that cleaning cannot restore. The objective of the BioNexGen project is therefore to develop a new class of functional low fouling membranes for membrane bioreactor technology with high and constant water flux (25 l/m2/h) and high rejection of organic pollutants with low molecular weight (down to 300 Da). The consortium consisting of European and MENA partners will develop a novel single step NF MBR operated with low energy consumption due to less aeration needed (0.2 Nm3/m2/h). Small footprint, flexible design, and automated operation make it ideal for localized, decentralized wastewater treatment and recycling in the European and MENA countries. Successful delivery will have a major impact on the competitiveness of the SME partners in the project and the European and MENA MBR market. Furthermore it will significantly contribute to scientific and technological cooperation between European and MENA countries in the provision of safe water.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-SMALL-3
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Coordinator

HOCHSCHULE KARLSRUHE
Address
Moltkestrasse 30
76133 Karlsruhe
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 721 692,15
Administrative Contact
Jan Hoinkis (Prof.)

Participants (10)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 512 218,25
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alberto Figoli (Dr.)
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 291 724,80
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nidal Hilal (Prof.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 555 752,75
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
George Voyiatzis (Dr.)
STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 537 963,05
Address
Adornostrasse 8
70599 Stuttgart
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jonathan Loeffler (Dr.)
Microdyn-Nadir GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 141 121,65
Address
Rheingaustrasse 190-196
65203 Wiesbaden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Meyer-Blumenroth (Dr.)
IZMIR INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 308 900
Address
Gulbahce Urla
35430 Izmir
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sacide Alsoy Altinkaya (Prof.)
Al BAATH UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

Syria
EU contribution
€ 20 412
Address
Damascous Str 16
Homs
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Adnan Ghata (Prof.)
Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute
Egypt
EU contribution
€ 48 513,75
Address
El Felzat - Tebbin 1
11421 Helwan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
El-Sayed Abdel-Aal (Prof.)
CENTRE DE BIOTECHNOLOGIE DE SFAX - CBS
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 161 719
Address
Route Sidi Mansour Km 6
3018 Sfax
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sami Sayadi (Prof.)
Research and Development of Carbon Nanotubes S.A.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 119 553,60
Address
Stadiou Street, Platani
26504 Rio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kalliopi Legaki (Ms.)