17 EU-funded partners

5 NSFC-funded partners

Electricity Driven Low Energy and Chemical Input Technology for Accelerated Bioremediation

ELECTRA PROJECT OFFICIALLY STARTED!

On Jan. 23, 2019 in Muttenz, Switzerland

…and continued on Jan 24 & 25 in Filzbach, CH!

…and guess who went skiing during the afternoon break!

Bioelectrochemical systems tested in the lab!

BES-aided phytoremediation tested in the lab!

EU-China Initiative

Learn more about this major EU – China  research initiative to support collaborative research between Europe and China.

ELECTRA technologies

See here a brief overview of the ELECTRA technologies, the lead partners in EU and China and the potential test sites.

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ELECTRA Project – ELECTRA 概要

The ELECTRA project is a 4-year Research Innovation Action consisting of one EC- funded consortium working closely together with a NSFC (Natural Science Foundation of China)-funded Chinese consortium.

The ELECTRA consortium aims to jointly develop and test highly innovative bio-electrochemical systems-based remediation biotechnologies at laboratory scale in environmentally relevant conditions and bring the four most efficient technologies to the field in both China and Europe.

A diverse set of technologies will be developed because: (i) the matrices in which pollution occurs are highly diverse, requiring different approaches, (ii) the types of pollutants to be addressed is equally diverse, and (iii) multiple technologies are still at research development stage and worth further investigation.

The scientific hypothesis of ELECTRA

In the environment, electron-flow typically limits degradation, and is difficult to control; this major hurdle can be overcome with electro-microbiology. Microorganisms interacting with solid state electron donors or acceptors, be it electrodes or particles, can be deployed within many different matrices, for different pollutants and using diverse technological approaches minimizing or eliminating energy and/or chemical needs.

ELECTRA will lift bio-electrochemical systems to a next level for field applications and in-situ remediation of pollutants

ELECTRA’s experts will deliver 2 sets of in total 10 innovative environmental BES based biotechnologies, tailored for different environmental matrices and accelerating the elimination of several classes of pollutants and mixtures thereof in these matrices including wastewater, groundwater and solid matrices such as flooded soils and sediments. ELECTRA technologies will perform better in terms of risk management, energy consumption and chemicals requirement than standard physico-chemical remediation approaches such as excavation.

Specific Objectives of the ELECTRA project

  1. Obtain a set of microbial consortia and autochthonous microorganisms for accelerated biodegradation/biotransformation of the targeted pollutants (WP1)
  2. Develop a set of (bio)analytical methods to reliably assess the pollutant removal performances of the biotechnologies as well as the detoxification of the contaminated matrices (WP1)
  3. Develop a set of remediation biotechnologies necessitating no chemical addition and limited energy for removal of multiple contaminants specific of a given matrix in environmentally relevant concentrations (WP2)
  4. Develop a set of remediation biotechnologies necessitating no external energy supply and a minimum of chemical addition for the removal of multiple contaminants specific of a given matrix in environmentally relevant concentration (WP3)
  5. Proof the 4 process champions by means of mirrored field sites in EU and China (WP4)
  6. Demonstration of the remediation efficiency compliance, as well as of environmental & financial sustainability of the developed environmental biotechnologies (WP5 and WP6).
  7. Successful dissemination of project results and blueprints of commercial exploitation plans (WP6).

Objective No. 1

Obtain a set of microbial consortia and autochthonous microorganisms for accelerated biodegradation/ biotransformation of the targeted pollutants (WP1)

Objective No. 2

Develop a set of remediation biotechnologies necessitating no chemical addition and limited energy for removal of multiple contaminants specific of a given matrix in environmentally relevant concentrations (WP2)

Objective No. 3

Develop a set of remediation biotechnologies necessitating no external energy supply and a minimum of chemical addition for the removal of multiple contaminants specific of a given matrix in environmentally relevant concentration (WP3)

Objective No. 4

Selection of the 4 process champions by means of mirrored field sites in EU and China (WP4)

Objective No. 5

Demonstration of the remediation efficiency compliance, as well as of environmental & financial sustainability of the developed environmental biotechnologies (WP5 and WP6).

Successful dissemination of project results and blueprints of commercial exploitation plans (WP6).

  • 17 partners

  • 6 EU countries

  • 1 Associated Country

  • 8 field test sites

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