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Valorisation of agro-industrial waste to obtain zeolite-based composite materials and their use in environmental remediation and biofuel production

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€0
EU Contribution
€883 200
Project website
Project Acronym
VALZEO
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Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
HORIZON-MSCA-2021-SE-01
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Rice is one of the most important crops worldwide. China is the world’s leading paddy rice producer; the EU also produces around 3 million tonnes/year. Each tonne of rice can produce up to 20 % of rice husk, which is considered agricultural waste. It is mainly disposed by combustion, producing rice husk ash (RHA), which causes respiratory damage to wildlife and humans. To increase rice production, the MSCA-funded VALZEO project aims to recycle RHA to produce composite materials (CM) of hierarchical zeolite modified by metal oxide nanoparticles and metal-organic framework materials. These will be used to remove pollutants from water and as biodiesel production catalysts. VALZEO will also emphasise the training of partners in analytical techniques to characterise these CM and foster novel exploitations.

Objectives

In EU, an average of 3.1 million tons of paddy rice is produced (ca. 450.000 ha). Around 80% of the EU rice production takes place in Italy and Spain, with a further 12% in Greece and Portugal. Globally, 750 million tons of rice husk (RH) are yearly produced, and it is estimated a continuous increase of 1.1% each year. Each ton of rice can produce 20% of RH, that must be eliminated since it accumulates in the environment due to its low degradability. RH generates 18-20% of RHA through a combustion process. The inadequate deposition of RHA pollutes the environment and deteriorates the respiratory system of humans and animals. During RH incineration, the burnt ash can spread into a large area facilitated by air, causing environmental pollution. According to these figures, large volumes of RHAs with low density are becoming a major challenge to the surroundings of dumping environment and dump fill areas.

VALZEO intends to employ RHAs as raw supplies to produce composite materials based on hierarchical zeolites modified by metal oxide nanoparticles (MON) and metal-organic framework (MOF) materials with a double purpose, the removal of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, dyes and microorganisms in water, and the catalytic production of biodiesel.

Methodology

To address such challenge, VALZEO will promote the exchange of researchers from participating institutions to enhance the exchange of knowledge, best practices, know-how, innovative ideas, experience, cooperation, and culture of work. VALZEO will foster, improve and develop permanent international and inter-sector collaboration between academic research centers, and private sector, enhancing the exchange of knowledge, best practices, know-how, innovations, experience, mutual cooperation and culture of work at different regions and countries (ES, IT, UK and CU) through a series of scheduled secondments.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.1.2 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
Other Programme
HORIZON-MSCA-2021-SE-01-01 MSCA Staff Exchanges 2021

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Address
EDIF A CAMPUS DE LA UAB BELLATERRA CERDANYOLA V, 08193 CERDANYOLA DEL VALLES, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€331 200
Partner Organisations
Organisation
UNIVERSIDAD PABLO DE OLAVIDE
Address
CARRETERA DE UTRERA KM 1, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€243 800
Organisation
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES LIMITED
Address
DUCART SUITE CASTLETROY COMMERCIAL PARK CASTLETROY ST MARY'S PLACE, LIMERICK, V94 Y6FD, Ireland
EU Contribution
€46 000
EU Contribution
€105 800
Organisation
AERIS TECNOLOGIAS AMBIENTALES SL
Address
CALLE SANTA ROSA 38, 08290 CERDANYOLA DEL VALLES, Spain
EU Contribution
€156 400

Technologies

Technology Theme
Unclassified
Technology
Non-technology
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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