Polluted site decontamination PCP
The POSIDON PCP project aggregates 5 European clients, of which two are promoters: Port System Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea – Port of Trieste (IT) and Municipality of Bilbao (ES), and three observers: Spaque (BE), CEA – Municipality of Vitoria Gasteiz (ES), Baja do Tejo (PT), which are faced with the common challenge of the recovery of sites in their management through the lever of public demand to identify innovative and sustainable solutions for the decontamination of polluted decommissioned soils.

of the group of buyers (owners / managers of polluted sites) concerns the identification of new technologies for treating soils (and possibly groundwater), with in-situ (and possibly on-site) strategies, capable of decontaminating heterogeneous anthropic soils in disused industrial areas, composed of a mixture of industrial waste and soils consisting of clays and sands, highly polluted by petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH and PAH) and heavy metals.

Exploiting fungi potential for recalcitrant compounds removal from cellulosic wastewaters
FUNCELL consists is the development of an innovative mycobased tertiary treatment for tannery and papermill wastewaters efficient in removing tannins and absorbable organic halogen (AOX), not depleted by consolidated bacterial based processes.
The costs of treatments for m3 of wastewaters will be reduced and qualitative improvements in the treatment of wastewater are envisaged. FUNCELL is based both on modern processes for biological treatment (Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor, MBBR) and on biological nonconventional processes catalyzed by fungi [WhiteRotFungi (WRF) and Ascomycota (ASC)].
An innovative carrier, based on polyethylene supports, will be developed for optimizing the fungal biomass growth in system where bacteria are competitive.
A pilot of an innovative MBBR designed for fungi will be set up and tested. An innovative approach to monitor and automatize the reactor, based on a specifically designed differential respirometer, will be constructed.
FUNCELL’s objective is the (15-20)% reduction of the investments in wastewater treatment plants, compared to actual technologies, comprising anaerobic treatments dedicated to the depletion of AOX.