A Marie Curie ITN coordinated by LEQUIA (SANITAS), 3 collaborative projects of the 2013 call of program Environment (ManureEcoMine, demEAUmed and R3-Water) and one Career Integration Grant (SYNTOBU), are the 5 VIIFP projects that LEQUIA currently participates in.
SANITAS project was initiated in 2011 to train scientists, develop new technologies and gather knowledge for policy definition within the water field. The network is coordinated by LEQUIA and has a consortium of 10 beneficiaries and 5 associated partners that includes universities such as the University of Exeter or the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and large enterprises such as ACCIONA Agua or Atkins.
ManureEcoMine, which is led by University of Ghent, proposes an integrated approach to the treatment and reuse of animal husbandry waste in nitrate vulnerable and sensitive areas and beyond. Anaerobic digestion (mesophilic/thermophilic), ammonia stripping, struvite precipitation and partial nitritation/anammox will be key tecnologies to recover and valorise nutrients from pigs and cows manure.
demEAUmed and R3-Water were also initiated in November 2013 and are funded through the WATER-INNO&DEMO call. LEQUIA participates in both projects through its strategic alliance with research center ICRA. The aim of demEAUmed is the involvement of industry representatives, stakeholders, policy-makers and diverse technical and scientific experts in demonstrating and promoting innovative technologies, for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Euro-Mediterranean tourist facilities, leading to their eventual market uptake. By contrast, R3-Water aims at demonstrating solutions that support the transition from a treatment plant for urban wastewater to a production unit of different valuables.
Finally, SYNTOBU is a Career Integration Grant (CIG) that explores the biological production of butanol from syngas. During 4 years the process will be characterized both kinetically and stoichiometrically. Moreover, optimal operational conditions will be established. Results obtained will contribute to open up new alternatives of biofuel production.