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Electra

Electricity driven low energy and chemical input technology for accelerated bioremediation.

The ELECTRA project is an EU-China RTD joint initiative that will deliver two innovative sets of novel electromicrobiology based environmental biotechnologies, facilitating/improving electron transfer during microbial degradation processes. Our approach will accelerate the elimination of several classes of pollutants and mixtures thereof in contaminated wastewater, groundwater, sediment and soil. The first set of biotechnologies employs bioelectrochemical systems requiring low energy input and no chemical addition. The second set comprises biotechnologies, which necessitate no energy input and minimal chemical amendment using electromicrobial concepts. ELECTRA biotechnologies will build on recent groundbreaking advances in biotechnology to develop them for environmental bioremediation applications and test the 4 most advanced technologies during field trials under various environmentally relevant conditions in both Europe and China) to prove their efficiency and robustness. The ELECTRA project deliberately addresses the accelerated elimination of compounds representative of hydrocarbons and derivatives, emerging pollutants, metals and nutrients and mixtures thereof in environmentally relevant concentration as a wise and careful approach taking into account the real problem of contaminations by organic and inorganic pollutants as well as nutrients. ELECTRA is a consortium of European and Chinese partners for a 4-year project. The EC-funded consortium gathers 22 partners from 6 EU countries,1 Associated Country and China.

ELECTRA is coordinated by P.F.-X. Corvini. FHNW develops 3D-printed biofilms for the degradation of pollutants, e.g. antibiotics in wastewater and implements redox-stat reactor systems for the sanitation of antimony. FHNW also evaluates the eco-efficiency of the developed technologies (LCA, CEA, etc.).


Key Figures

    Duration: 2019 - 2022
    Funding agency: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
    Website: www.electra.site

    Coordination and 3D-bioprinting

    Prof. Dr. Philippe Corvini
    Prof. Dr. Philippe Corvini Head of Institute for Ecopreneurship
    Telephone : +41 61 228 54 85 (direct)
    Prof. Dr. Patrick Shahgaldian
    Prof. Dr. Patrick Shahgaldian team leader in molecular nanotechnology
    Telephone : +41 61 228 54 87 (direct)

    Redox-stat

    Dr. Markus Lenz
    Dr. Markus Lenz Senior Researcher
    Telephone : +41 61 228 56 86 (direct)
    Lara da Costa
    Lara da Costa PhD Student
    Telephone :

    LCA

    Prof. Dr. Christoph Hugi
    Prof. Dr. Christoph Hugi Lecturer in sustainability and development
    Telephone : +41 61 228 55 84 (direct)
    Dr. Sandra Müller
    Dr. Sandra Müller Research Associate
    Telephone : +41 61 228 57 06 (direct)

    Institute for Ecopreneurship

    FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences, Institute for Ecopreneurship Hofackerstrasse 30 CH - 4132 Muttenz
    More information about the location
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