"Removal of As from water using innovative BIO-adsorbents produced from by-products of the agro-industrial"
(co-financed by European Commission LIFE19 programme)
Life Bioas (LIFE19 ENV/IT/000512) is a project co-financed under the LIFE+ programme and aims to demonstrate the environmental and economic feasibility of a process for the production of an innovative bio-adsorbent, obtained from olive pomace, and, at the same time, its use for the purification of drinking water from arsenic. The project will highlight the benefits of environmental impacts (relating to the purification of water and the reduction of waste volumes from olive production) and the economic benefits of using a secondary raw material rather than expensive raw materials and lower energy consumption than the adsorbents currently produced). Within the project, three prototypes will be built and experimental campaigns will be carried out for the production of bio adsorbents and for the decontamination of water. Eco Recycling srl is the project leader while Technosind S.r.l. is project partner together with ALFO ENERGIA srl, HTR center (High Tech Recycling, Chemistry Department of the University "La Sapienza" in Rome), TALETE Spa, Universidade de Évora.
The Life Bioas project starts in September 2020 and ends in August 2023 and proposes the following objectives:
- Design and construction of the prototype for the production of bio-adsorbents;
- Design and construction of the water treatment prototype using the bioadsorbents produced in the project;
- Design and construction of a portable water treatment prototype using the bioadsorbents produced in the project;
- Demonstration of arsenic removal efficiency from water through the use of the innovative bioadsorbents produced;
- Study of the technical and economic feasibility of the proposed technology;
- Study of the environmental impacts associated with the proposed technology considering both the production of biadsorbents and their use for water treatment.
"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.