MicroalgaE biomass from phototrophic-heterotrophic cultivation using olive oil Wastewaters

MEWLIFE is a LIFE project aiming to demonstrate the environmental benefit and economic feasibility of an innovative approach to produce microalgal biomass in an integrated phototrophic – heterotrophic cultivation system using preconcentrated (in a membrane filtration plant) olive oil wastewaters as carbon source for growing algae, thus contributing to waste reuse and valorization

Wastewaters from olive oil production plants cannot be treated in conventional biological depuration plants due to the toxic effect of antioxidants on active sludge. As results, these wastewaters are discharged in the environment acting as anti-microbial and phytotoxic agents. The MEWLIFE project aims to overcome these hurdles with the validation on pilot scale of an integrated set of technologies for olive oil wastewaters remediation based on both physical and biological treatments.

The microalgal biomass produced in the MEWLIFE project will be tested for application in nutraceutics (by extracting carotenoids) and for biopolymer production (by extracting starch and other carbohydrates and the lipid fraction).

Duration: 01-JUL-2018 to 30-JUN -2021

LIFE17 ENV IT 000180


Valorization of bio-waste resulting from the olive oil extraction process

LIFE OLEA REGENERA will build an industrial plant to produce new by-products from olive oil extraction waste. These can be transformed into high-value products such as animal feed and bio-stimulants to improve plant growth. The new process will reduce waste, energy use and air pollution.

The industrial plant will be based on a patented technology that separates the liquid and solid phases of 'alperujo' generated during olive oil extraction using only physical treatments. This separation process leads to a solid residue with a high content (35%) of monounsaturated fatty acids and a liquid residue with a high content of antioxidant molecules and compounds of the secondary metabolism. The project aims at confirming the high economic value of these two by-products. The liquid by-product will be tested in olive groves in Portugal as well as in Spain. By reducing the water content (and thus weight) of alperujo, carbon dioxide emissions from road transport of this residue to the secondary extraction factories will be reduced. The orujeras will use less energy and air pollution will also be reduced.

The project aims at supporting the implementation of EU environmental policy and legislation: the circular economy action plan; the ambient and air quality directives and the industrial emissions directive, the 2050 low-carbon economy roadmap and the 2050 energy strategy.

Duration: 01-SEP-2018 to 31-MAR -2022

LIFE17 ENV/ES/000189


WASTE4GREEN will test the effectiveness of two pesticides made from agro-industrial byproducts in protecting stone fruit crops on an area of 1.67 ha. By replacing pesticides of chemical origin, it aims to mitigate adverse effects on the environment and human health, proving that the two bioactive formulates are less toxic than conventional ones. The project is try to show that the new formulates are effective against the pests and target diseases of stone fruit trees and that they can be used for other crops and in other EU countries. Further predicted benefits include improved food safety through residue-free fruit and positive impacts on biodiversity and climate change. The latter stages of the project will focus on commercialisation of the pesticide formulates.

This LIFE project supports the implementation of EU chemical policy, including both the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive and REACH. It also helps achieve the goals of the 7th Environment Action Programme and the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and supports the agri-environment measures of the EU Common Agricultural Policy.

Duration: 01-JUL-2018 to 31-DEC -2022

LIFE17 ENV/ES/000192

LIFE18 ENV/ES/000518: Con la contribución del instrumento financiero LIFE de la Unión Europea.

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