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BIOTREATMENT OF DRINKING WATER RESOURCES POLLUTED BY PESTICIDES, PHARMACEUTICALS AND OTHER MICROPOLLUTANTS

Objective

BIOTREAT brings together six research institutions and four SMEs to develop much-needed water treatment biotechnologies for removing pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other organic micropollutants from contaminated drinking water resources. These biotechnologies will be developed into prototype biofilter systems ready for subsequent commercialisation. The biofilters will contain non-pathogenic pollutant-degrading bacteria, with the bacteria being immobilised on specific carriers to ensure their prolonged survival and sustained degradative activity. Through beyond state-of-the-art research, BIOTREAT will ensure that these novel water treatment biotechnologies are highly transparent, reliable and predictable. Two complementary biotreatment strategies will be followed, one based on metabolic processes whereby the bacteria completely mineralise specific micropollutants and the other based on cometabolic degradation utilising the ability of methane- and ammonium-oxidising bacteria to unspecifically degrade a range of micropollutants for which specific degraders are not yet available. The biofilter systems will be carefully validated through cost-benefit analysis and environmental life cycle assessment. A road map will be drawn up for post-project exploitation, including individual SME business plans. Effective dissemination of the BIOTREAT results will be ensured by close collaboration with an End-user Board comprised of representatives from waterworks, water authorities, industry, etc. In addition to bringing considerable advances to water treatment biotechnology, the main outcome of BIOTREAT will thus be prototype biofilter systems (metabolic and cometabolic) ready for commercialisation in a number of highly relevant water treatment scenarios, including existing sand filters at waterworks, mobile biofilters placed close to groundwater abstraction wells, sand barriers between surface waters and abstraction wells, and protective barriers in aquifers.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2010-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Address
Oster Voldgade 10
1350 Kobenhavn K
Denmark
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 657 596
Administrative Contact
Jens Aamand (Prof.)

Participants (10)

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 350 190
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Barth Smets (Prof.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 408 000
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Malevé (Ms.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 300 288
Address
Uberlandstrasse 133
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Laura Klein (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 417 400
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Saskia Vanden Broeck (Ms.)
Bundesanstalt fuer Gewaesserkunde
Germany
EU contribution
€ 380 400
Address
Am Mainzer Tor 1
56068 Koblenz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Helmut Schmidt (Mr.)
INSTITUT ZA FIZIKALNO BIOLOGIJO D.O.O.
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Toplarniska Ulica 19
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexis Zrimec (Dr.)
BIOCLEAR EARTH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 191 262
Address
Rozenburglaan 13
9727 DL Groningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ben Van Domburg
AVECOM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 76 500
Address
Industrieweg 122P
9032 Gent-wondelgem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roel Boussemaere (Mr.)
2.-O LCA CONSULTANTS APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 78 000
Address
Rendsburggarde 14 4 315B
9000 Aalborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jannick Hoejrup Schmidt (Mr.)
VLAAMSE MAATSCHAPPIJ VOOR WATERVOORZIENING
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 19 884
Address
Vooruitgangstraat 189
1030 Brussel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jef Paulussen (Dr.)