Behaviour and effects of microcompounds in regenerative ecosystems
Looking for: Partner(s) - Coordinator
Companies involved in
‐ Product development e.g. sampling devices, bioassays, sensors, filtration units & devices,software for process control
‐ Modeling, monitoring and analysis
‐ Technology development and demonstration in the area of separation technology, resourcerecovery, single cell protein production, hydroponics for food productionParties interested in long‐term collaboration in the domain of regenerative ecosystems for wastevalorisation and food production
All European Countries (no preference).
Many of the issues identified for micropollutants in the terrestrial environment (analytics,monitoring, impact assessment, removal, etc.), also apply to the regenerative life support conceptsstudied in the context of long‐haul space missions. The Micro‐Ecological Life Support SystemAlternative (MELiSSA) is for instance a compartmentalized ecological system that combines organicwaste biotransformation and food production. Similar to natural ecosystems and closed loopsystems, insights into the behavior and effects of organic micropollutants/trace elements inMELiSSA still need to be investigated. Its short cycle times and small buffer volumes make it aninteresting platform though to study the behaviour and the (eco)toxicological effects ofmicropollutants, the behaviour and benefits of trace elements on micro‐organisms, plants and food under fast dynamics.
Shortlisted research topics are:
1. Investigation of behaviour of microcompounds in food production using water recoverednutrients
2. Technology development for monitoring of microcompounds
3. Investigation of behaviour of hormones & Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) and PPCPs
4. Membrane technology and multibarrier approaches for recycling, removal, retention and/ordegradation of microcompounds
5. Technology development for nutrient separation/recovery in waste water reuse/recyclingThese can be finetuned through interaction with potential project partners and can be subject ofvarious parallel proposals or initiatives.
‐ Relevance of common research topics for both the terrestrial and the space environment
‐ Translation of results from short‐cycle closed loop ecosystem to large‐scale ecosystems andclosed loop systems
‐ Level of involvement of companies, particularly in core project activities
Previous EU experience:
In the area of wastewater treatment or the study of micropollutants no previous EU‐projects haverun with involvement of ESA. However, MELiSSA partner VITO has been involved in several FP5‐FP6‐FP7 projects and is involved in H2020 projects related to water treatment and reuse,ecotoxicity, micropollutants.