The consortium of the project is coordinated by Eurecat, and counts with the participation of 7 associated beneficiaries including the Madrid Autonomous University and the engineering KEPLER (Spain), University of Tucsia and the project management and engineering Eni Rewind (Italy), the engineering VALGO (France), the fungal provider company Novobiom (Belgium) and the environmental consultancy providing services on monitoring Isodetect (Germany).
EURECAT - Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya
EURECAT has participated in numerous projects and individual contracts aimed at innovation, development, testing and optimization of soil and water treatment and reuse technologies, in urban, agricultural, industrial and environmental sectors. Specifically in the line of soil and groundwater, EURECAT is able to perform studies, modelling and simulation of the behavior and mobility of pollutants and developing and optimizing technologies for in-situ and ex-situ treatments.
Furthermore, EURECAT has ample experience in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life-cycle Cost (LCC) studies in sectors such as: wastewater treatment and regeneration, water treatment, and energy production.
In these fields the company has a strong background in many innovative and sustainable projects which include investigation and remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated with a wide range of pollutants and preparation of risk assessments, due diligence reports and forensic studies.
KEPLER has its own laboratory that offers a long list of biotechnological services as microbial analysis through molecular tools, quantification of enzymatic activities, viability tests or isolation and cultivation of specific degrading microorganisms.
In addition, its R&D department performs national and international research projects in collaboration with Universities and Technology Centers that provides knowledge and experience that can bear fruit in new lines of business. The purpose of our R&D activity is to achieve a deep knowledge of all factors involved in the environmental solutions offered, increasing the effectiveness of the treatments, and reducing their costs.
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Considered as Campus of International Excellence, UAM has seven Faculties, a Higher Polytechnic School (EPS) and more than 30 research centers and institutes, some of them in collaboration with the CSIC. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid has almost 30,000 students and currently offers 86 degrees, 82 master’s degrees and 35 doctorates.
The UAM team involved in the proposed LIFE project includes researchers from the Departments of Agricultural Chemistry and Food Science and Geology and Geochemistry. With a multidisciplinary and eminently applied vision, this team has developed for more than 30 years different lines of Research and Development related to waste and clays characterization to solve environmental problems associated to soil and water pollution within the concept of circular economy. Specifically in the last 15 years UAM team has focused on the practical application of spent mushroom substrates from the industry to reduce pollution of soil and water by heavy metals, drugs such as antibiotics, organochlorinated pollutants and especially polycyclic aromatic and petroleum hydrocarbons.
Università degli Studi della Tuscia
The Department of Innovation of Biological System Food and Forestry (DIBAF) covers three complementary scientific areas: 1) Biological and Chemical Systems for Environment; 2) Food Science and Technology; 3) Agro-Forest Resources Management. The DIBAF staff consists of 64 permanent full, associate and assistant professors, 30 permanent technicians and administrative staff; moreover, DIBAF includes about 50 post-doc researchers and PhD students. DIBAF has been awarded as Department of Excellence by the Ministry of Research and University in Italy.
Beside this daily role, the lab, as scientific department, is also searching new application techniques, or ameliorate existing ones. This is particularly true when we have to consider new pollutants, or rules’ evolution. In the former years, the lab allowed VALGO to perform research in venting/bioventing (SOBIOVE), PCB degradation, thermal desorption, phytoremediation (DePlassMétaux), plasma oxidation, geophysical tools for pollution survey (GEOCARE). Those projects include several PhD thesis works.
Our unique combination of expertise in environmental microbiology, fermentation technologies and environment, enables us to design tailored-made solutions for our clients and foster the development and the industrial uptake of fungal based solutions for environmental applications, e.g. environmental mycotechnologies.
Compound-specific Stable Isotope Analysis (CSIA), Stable Isotope Probing (SIP) and in situ microcosms (BACTRAPS) are key methods to elucidate biological and geochemical processes in subsurface compartments. With on-going technological developments in environmental monitoring, ISODETECT supplies analytical and scientific know-how to provide evidence, characterize and quantify the natural and stimulated transformation of pollutants as an integral part of remediation and monitoring technologies.
ISODETECT’S business model includes the market introduction of innovative tools, which is generated in close cooperation with partners from science and technology.
ISODETECT works for engineering companies, drinking water suppliers, exploration companies, research institutes and environmental authorities.