We are happy to announce the launch of the Horizon2020 project, Greener. A consortium of 17 European organisations have signed an agreement to work in close cooperation on the soil remediation project.
The main scope of Greener is to solve the problem of the increasing chemical pollution which threats the health of ecosystems and human population, not only in Europe but also worldwide.
Dr Mark Walker, Senior Process Engineer at Exergy, gave us an idea about the magnitude of this problem:
“Land and water contamination is a huge and growing issue. In Europe alone, there are estimated to be around 2.5 million sites that are contaminated and contaminants such as fertilisers, pesticides, heavy metals and metalloids, synthetic dyes hydrocarbons (from oil) can damage ecosystems and public health and result in land that is useless for habitation or farming.”
Exergy's contribution to Greener
Exergy will coordinate the project, as well as facilitate scale up and undertaking research to better understand how Bioelectrical Systems can be used for soil decontamination.
Furthermore, Exergy will assist in the development of a decision-making tool which will allow the appropriate remediation technology to be selected depending on the particular contaminants on the site, their concentrations and other relevant local conditions. In addition, Exergy will help perform energy and exergy analysis in order to optimise the scaled-up technologies.
Dr Walker explained why Greener is a great oportunity to protect human life and ecosystems:
“In GREENER we will focus on sites where several contaminants are present at the same time and develop technologies that can simultaneously remove all of them whilst in some cases generating renewable energy too. With the global cost of remediation predicted to rise to over $80 billion in 2019, and with the number of sites requiring clean-up expected to rise by 50% by 2025, the GREENER project is a great opportunity for Exergy and our partners to protect both human life and natural ecosystems from the harmful effects of contamination all over the globe.”
GREENER has secured funding approaching 5 million Euros through the Horizon 2020 program for a duration of 48 months with the aim of producing advanced manufacturing systems and biotechnologies.
Meet the Consortium
EXERGY LTD, a sustainable engineering consultant based in Coventry, the UK, coordinating the GREENER project
AXIA INNOVATION UG, an innovation consultancy firm based in Munchen, Germany
MICROGEN BIOTECH LIMITED, a biotech expert company from Carlow, Ireland
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS EUROPE SL, a business development and communication company based in Madrid, Spain
TAUW GMBH, аn environmental consultancy based in Moers, German
VERTECH GROUP, an environmental engineering company based in Nice, France
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN, a research institute based in Ljubljana, Slovenia
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CARLOW, a technology college based in Carlow, Ireland
MATERIA NOVA ASBL, a research centre and laboratory-based in Mons, Belgium
MENDELOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNE, a university in Brno, the Czech Republic
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION, a private non-profit association based in Terrassa, Spain
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID, a public university in Madrid, Spain
UNIVERSITY OF BATH, a university based in Bath, the UK
UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS, a university based in Burgos, Spain
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI, a university based in Cagliari, Italy
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY, a university based in Surrey, the UK
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA, a renewable energy company based in Madrid, Spain