Tauw Group participates in the EU-Horizon2020 project 'GREENER - Integrated Systems for Effective Environmental Remediation'. GREENER proposes the development of green, sustainable, efficient, and low-cost solutions for soil/sediment and water bioremediation, by integrating several remediation strategies with innovative bio-electrochemical technologies.
The GREENER project will effectively accelerate the remediation time of a range of organic and inorganic pollutants of high concern, while producing useful end-products, such as bioelectricity and/or harmless metabolites of industrial interest.
To achieve such an ambitious goal, organisms with high bioremediation ability will be identified and isolated. The influence of physico-chemical factors on the treatment effectiveness will be evaluated and proof-of-concept experiments will be performed to define optimal integrated solutions at the lab-scale. A combination of the most promising technologies will be up-scaled and tested on the field. Finally, life cycle analyses will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the solutions suggested.
The first year of the project GREENER was recently closed with a very satisfactory participation of Tauw. Among other activities Tauw has provided contaminated soil, sediment, wastewater and groundwater samples from 10 different locations in Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany to our collaborators.
The Greener partners are using these samples to develop various bio-based remediation technologies for contaminated soil and water environments that will be upscaled at a later stage. Tauw will play a leading role in the upscaling of technologies for water remediation. It is also expected that Tauw will lead pilot scale demonstration in the field of the most promising technologies for water treatment.
The GREENER project team consists of 20 partners from Europe and China. The project GREENER (InteGRated Systems for Effective ENvironmEntal Remediation) is funded over a period of 4 years with a total of EUR 4.5 million, including approximate EUR 310,000 for Tauw.