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UA participates in a project working on in situ regeneration of activated carbon used in water and chemical industries

Portablecrac will provide a solution for water treatment with an 86% reduction in costs per kg of active carbon, and will reduce CO2 emissions by four times 



Alicante. 16 November 2017

Nowadays, both the water sector and the chemical sector require large amounts of activated carbon (AC) to remove pollutants from water. In this context, researchers from the University of Alicante  Institute for Materials are participating in the project Portablecrac to develop an eco-friendly and economically beneficial technology to regenerate in situ the active carbon used for water filtration, both in small and large industries.

For this purpose, special attention will be paid to the adaptation of a compact device that considerably improves flexibility, operation and investment costs compared to the existing equipment. On the one hand, activated carbon is manufactured abroad (30% of production is produced in China). Moreover, Europe imports around 80% of its domestic consumption and this project aims to be a successful business case to reduce imports of active carbon.

On the other hand, due to continuous use, depletion of active carbon filters is a common problem with the high cost associated with the production of new filters. However, since it is a highly polluting waste, a

 secondary problem related to the handling and management of exhausted filters must be added. As a result, use feasibility of active carbon in the industrial sector lies in its regeneration and reactivation. Regeneration is mainly performed by a thermal effect. Nevertheless, an off-site service is required, a high energy input and carbon losses with a negative environmental impact. Portablecrac is aimed at regenerating activated carbon electrochemically. For this reason, three different prototypes will be designed and tested for small, medium and large industries. In short, it will provide a sustainable and long-term procedure that will provide a solution for water treatment with an 86% reduction in costs per kg/AC and four times less CO2 emissions.

Portablecrac shows greater potential for industrial acceptance and broader market opportunities than real thermal regeneration. The advantages of this new system lie in a variety of equipment sizes, reduction of emissions and waste, as well as less energy consumption and cost reduction. en el edificio de Humanidades de la UNED.


Project partners

The consortium is made up of seven organisations from three different countries. CONTACTICA S.L. (Project coordinator) (Spain), ENVIROHEMP S.L. (Spain), University of Alicante (Spain), GRADO ZERO INNOVATION S.R.L. (Italy), EMIVASA (Spain), AGRI-PRO (Portugal) and University of Vigo (Spain). The meetings to start the project took place at the University of Alicante on 10 and 11 October 2017.

With a duration of 36 months, the project has received funding from the European Union research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, particularly from its call H2020-SPIRE-2017. Estimated total cost for this project is €2,883,012.82 and a funding of around €2,206,719.07 has been approved.



 Team photo of the first Portablecrac project meeting held at the University of Alicante



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