Bioelectrochemical systems for soil and groundwater remediation

European Call(s)


Name of the organisation


Description of the organisation

EURECAT-CTM is a non-profit foundation located in Manresa (Spain). The centre’s aim is to efficiently contribute to the technological development of companies and improve their ability to compete economically through the provision of specialised services and the execution of R&D projects. The team of 100 professional works in three units: Sustainability, Materials technology and Process and Modelling and Simulation. Sustainability Unit specializes in R&D and innovation in the fields of waste management and raw materials recovery technologies and processes, water and groundwater technologies, risk analysis, energy efficiency, renewable technologies and environmental assessments. The unit works for companies and public institutions to improve their competitiveness and technological development whilst reducing their environmental footprint and moving towards a circular economy.

Main areas of expertise

We have experience in several groundwater and soil remediation technologies both at laboratory scale and pilot scale: bioremediation, metals stabilization/precipitation, stripping of volatile contaminants and chemical reduction with nanoparticles. We have worked with several contaminants in groundwater and soil: TPHs, nitrates, metals and chlorinated organic compounds.

Contact Person

Anna Gimenez

Looking for: Partner(s) - Coordinator

- Companies with experience in bioelectrochemical systems. Role: study the feasibility of scaling the new developed technology
- Research institutions with experience in bioelectrochemical systems for soil and groundwater remediation to develop and optimize at lab scale the new technology
- Chinese partner, both academic or company. Role: develop and implement the new technology
- Environmental administration dealing with contaminated soil and groundwater


Croatia - Czech Republic - Slovenia

Main Objectives:

The project will develop new technology for the treatment of industrially contaminated sites focusing on groundwater and soil remediation. The new technology will be based on the bioelectrochemical systems (BES) or microbial electrochemical technologies (MET) in which microorganisms catalyse oxidation or reduction reactions using solid-state electrodes, suitably deployed in the contaminated matrix, as virtually inexhaustible electron acceptors or donors, respectively. The project will develop and optimize at lab scale such systems focusing on specific industrial contaminants such as chlorinated hydrocarbons and hydrocarbons. The main goal will be to minimize the consumption of energy and chemicals compared to the traditional remediation techniques (biological remediation, physicochemical remediation). The project will include an assessment of the feasibility of scaling up the technology under the technical, environmental and economic point of view.


- Development of a technology with demonstrated feasibility for scaling up
- Develop a technology suitable for a variety of contaminants and groundwater composition
- Develop a technology with demonstrated benefits over standard remediation technologies, including energy efficiency, remediation time efficiency and easy operation.

Previous EU experience:

InSiTrate: In situ bioremediation of nitrates from groundwater for drinking water production.
SmartStripping: Stripping of chlorinated compounds from groundwater using a specific circulation well.
Nanorem: Nanotechnology applied to groundwater remediation.
Aquarehab: Remediation of multi degraded waters
Soil Take Care: Remediation of contaminated soil