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  • Benefits

    waterPlasma aims at developing an innovative decontamination process to eliminate recalcitrant and toxic molecules from industrial effluents.

    Long term exposure to some contaminants usually found in industrial effluents has been associated with serious long term health consequences. The use of the waterPlasma technology will contribute to the safety of consumption water by drastically reducing the presence of residual hazardous compounds.
                   - Continuous flow operation, able to process up to 250 dm3/h.
                   - 90% reduction of recalcitrant compounds concentration.
                   - Chemical free, energy efficient removal.
                   - Limited treatment costs.

  • Newtechnology

    waterPlasma addresses the increasing need for alternative cost effective and environmental friendly technologies for the removal of toxic recalcitrant compounds present in high concentrations in industrial wastewater.

    Laboratory experiments have proven that under suitable operational conditions, atmospheric plasma technology can effectively oxidize a wide range of persistent chemicals after short treatment times.

    Assuring good quality water supply is a major concern in Europe. Wastewater treatment is carried out in order to minimise environmental impact, as well as a required step before water treatments performed at municipal plants. In addition to environmental concerns, EC legislation is becoming more stringent in the permissible dumping limits of hazardous chemicals from effluents, thus raising the need for many industries to adopt water treatment technologies fitting their particular requirements.

    During the last decades, water treatment has become increasingly complex, due to the occurrence of new persistent and highly toxic chemicals in many industrial effluents. Moreover, in many cases industrial wastewaters contain a variety of recalcitrant compounds at high concentrations, which further hinders an adequate processing. As a result, currently available treatments based on physico-chemical or biological processes are not adequate for many industrial processes, since they are unable to efficiently remove recalcitrant xenobiotics in compliance with new European legislation.

    In this context, waterPlasma addresses the need for new efficient and cost-effective water decontamination technologies to remove xenobiotics. The waterPlasma project aims at developing an innovative decontamination process based on a one atmosphere uniform glow discharge ("OAUGD") plasma reactor that makes possible to eliminate recalcitrant and toxic molecules. Laboratory experiments performed by consortium partners have already proven that under suitable operation conditions, atmospheric plasma can effectively oxidize a wide range of persistent chemicals after short exposure times.

    The project aims at scaling-up the technology by developing a water treatment reactor operating on continuous flow, and enabling the removal of xenobiotic molecules from water. waterPlasma technology targets industries facing the problem of processing water mixed with toxic organic substances in concentrations that cannot be disposed off in effluents, such as pharma, chemical or polymer industries.

  • Team Group

    CSIC (Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)

    The main research interests are the development of analytical methods for environmental trace analysis.

    VEN (Ventilaqua – Tratamento de Águas e Efluentes Lda)

    They are able to provide the most advanced and up-to-date technologies.

    PCL (Plasma Clean Limited)

    Has a number of international (EU and US) partners both in the academic and corporate sectors and is actively engaged in the development and licensing of its intellectual property rights.

    LEB (Laboratorios Espinós y Bofill, S.A.)

    Has develop products for third companies through an integral contract manufacturing service, capable of developing new processes and producing small quantities of active principles.

    BIO (S.C. Biotehnos S.A.)

    They have cumulated broad experience in biotechnologies research and biopharmaceutical compounds development.

    IGB (Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik)

    Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration.

    CRIC (Centre de Recerca i Innovació de Catalunya)

    Through its IPE Department (Industrial Physics and Electronics), CRIC offers an innovative and multidisciplinary team for the Waterplasma technology.

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  • Our address

    VENTILAQUA, the team coordinator.

    If you would like us to give more information about something, have something to say or maybe some suggestions please feel free to fill this form in. From CRIC (the Catalonian Research and Innovation Centre) we will reply to you as soon as possible. Feedback is really appreciated.

    Team Coordinator: Ventilaqua
    E-MAIL:info@waterplasma.eu

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  • Our Objectives

    waterPlasma aims at designing and producing a precompetitive prototype, able to process xenobiotic non-biodegradable pollutants in industrial wastewater. The technology under development is based on the use of One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge (OAUGD) plasma as an Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP).

    The target specifications of the reactor are:
                   • Continuous flow operation, able to process up to 250 dm3/h
                   • Able to oxidize different non-biodegradable recalcitrant compounds, reducing their concentration by 90%.
                   • Power consumption: 1kW
                   • Targeted treatment cost: 2 €/m3

   

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