"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.