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2016-03-23 Polland: ERA-NET WaterWorks

ERA-NET WaterWorks

ERA-NET WaterWorks: academic and industrial partners interested in a project of water purification by the innovative recovery processes of phosphorus and metals in selected aqueous environments are sought.
A Polish research centre specialized in the field of microencapsulation based on natural and modified polymers is looking for partners interested in a project of water purification by the innovative recovery processes of phosphorus and metals in selected aqueous environments under ERA-NET WaterWorks. 

They are looking for industrial and academic partners associated with an issue of re-use of phosphorus recovered from water as well as with reducing soil and water pollution.
A Polish centre is engaged in researches on microencapsulation. The group was created in 2002 as an independent organizational unit at local technical university. 
The centre is looking for potential partners from both academic and industrial fields who are interested in issue of re-use of phosphorus recovered from water reservoirs. It  has already created a partnership with a local company engaged in recycling and waste management. 

There is a group of elements such as phosphorus or metals that after the "consumption" are not susceptible to bioconversion processes but may be almost indefinitely recycled. These elements are scattered at every stage of their application, which may cause the depletion of their resources and their pollution of water and soil. According to sustainable development we should seek opportunities to recover phosphorus and metals and closing their cycle of transformation. Phosphorus is an element essential to life and nothing can replace it. Its resources are limited and rapidly depleted, thus alternative methods of its recovery are so important.

Currently available technologies have a low yield and are not economical profitable. The most important alternative sources of phosphorus include municipal sewage and industrial waste products and final products of their processing. Currently implemented are pilot programs and demonstration of technology precipitation of magnesium ammonium phosphate (struvite) from wastewater and sewage sludge and the recovery of phosphorus from the ashes of the burning of sewage sludge. Due to the high investment costs and the diversity of methods and processes of the proposed wastewater treatment technologies are not applicable in industry.

The proposed design will concern the development of innovative and unique systems and methods of binding phosphorus and metals in the aqueous medium with the potential for re-use of such system in further applications. Poland will carry out research on novel hybrid systems for the purification of water from metal cations and phosphorus. Systems will be received on the basis of natural polymers in form of hydrogels with specific adsorbers and microorganisms have the ability to accumulate elements recycled. Systems based on iron compounds are active under reducing conditions, removing phosphate ions in a wide pH range that found both in natural and industrial waters (from 4 to 10) and can be easily industrially applicable in transport and dispensing. The second part will be a design study the possibility of using systems developed for recovery of selected metals and phosphorus in water and its re-use. Efforts will be trying to recover phosphorus and metals from wastewater and products of their processing. By using the proposed hybrid systems will have deposition of deposits in pipes, pumps and the tanks, which occurs when recovering phosphorus by chemical and biological agents, often disqualify these methods due to the very high operating costs. Another object of the research will be the natural reservoirs where the application of the tested systems can bring economic and environmental impact by recovering valuable elements and the reduction of pollution of aquatic ecosystems and slowing down or even fully reverse the process of eutrophication. The resulting products enriched with phosphorus or metals are fully biodegradable and could be used as raw materials for production of phosphate fertilizers or direct application capsules saturated with phosphorus, as the phosphorus fertilizer with slow release, as well as the ability to act as hydrogels and thus improving retention capacity of the soil for water and its availability for plants in a more stabilized conditions.

Framework programme conditions:
The official deadline for the call: 19/04/2016.
Deadline for EoI: 30/03/2016.
Anticipated duration of the project: 24 weeks.
The project will have positive impact on environment. The goal of the project is to evaluate and test the novel methods and innovative recovery processes of phosphorus and metals. Phosphorus is an element essential to life and it cannot be replaced. As its resources are limited its recovery is more and more important and is in line with sustainable development. 
Proposal under development
05001004 Organic Chemistry
10002007 Environmental Engineering / Technology
10002011 Soil and Groundwater Pollution
10004001 Industrial Water Treatment
08004004 Other pollution and recycling related
09004008 Other manufacturing (not elsewhere classified)
09005 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products
M.72.1.1 Research and experimental development on biotechnology 
Partner Sought
Partners interested in problem of phosphorus recovery from natural and industrial water reservoirs and its further use in production of e.g. fertilizers. A prospective partner should be active in academic or industrial fields.
Research cooperation agreement
R&D Institution
Environment (including Climate Change)
ERA-NET WaterWorks
Two-stage submission scheme: 1st Stage - Deadline for Submission of pre-proposals
19 Apr 2016
96 week(s)