"MicroalgaE biomass from phototrophic-heterotrophic cultivation using olive oil Wastewaters"
Mewlife (LIFE17 ENV/IT/000180) is a project funded by the European Union within the Life+ program. The main focus of this project is to demonstrate at pilot scale the efficiency of an innovating route for producing biomass for nutraceutics and bio-polymer applications and simultaneously co-depurating an agro-food effluent (vegetation waters from olive oil production plants). By this route several advantages can be envisaged regarding both environmental impacts (CO2 fixation by microalgae, waste reuse, water depuration and reuse) and socio-economic impacts (avoiding use of arable land for biopolymer production by vegetables, creating new qualified job positions for biotechnological plant running). MEWLIFE project aims to demonstrate the environmental benefit and economic feasibility of an innovative approach to produce microalgal biomass in an integrated phototrophic and heterotrophic cultivation system using preconcentrated olive oil wastewaters (OMWW) as carbon source for growing algae, thus contributing to waste reuse and valorization. This project will last in three years and two months: it will begin in July 2018 and will end in September 2021.
RECENT is a project that falls under the European program KETs and is co-financed by the Lazio region. This project aims to the simultaneous development of a system for the storage of electricity produced from renewable and/or traditional sources and a system to reduce CO2 from combustion plants and/or biogas plants. This is accomplished through an electrochemical process that allows the transformation of electrical energy into chemical energy, leading to the production of synthesis gas from carbon dioxide through the use of nanostructured catalytic electrodes. The aim of the project is to create a prototype for both the synthesis of nanostructured electrodes and the electrochemical CO2 reduction. In this way, the catalysts produced in the former prototype will be used for the electrochemical reduction of CO2 in the latter. On a prototype scale, different types of electrodes will be synthesized to be used for the electroreduction of CO2. The final results will be for the definition of the optimal conditions of the whole process and the identification of the most performing electrodes.