European project BioNexGen

Development of a new class of membranes

The project BioNexGen, coordinated by the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe, was a collaborative research project which started in September 2010 and lasted until February 2014. It was co-funded by the European Union with a funding of 3.4 million Euros. The consortium consisted of 11 partners from 8 countries including 4 countries of the Middle East and North Africa (Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Egypt and Tunisia).

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum assisted the project partners in writing the proposal and during the contract negotiations in Brussels and was, as project partner, responsible for the management of knowledge as well as administrative and financial project management. It also assumed the clarification of intellectual property, exploitation of research results and training for the consortium.

Membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology is regarded as a key element of advanced wastewater reclamation and reuses schemes and can considerably contribute to sustainable water management. MBR technology is used for wastewater treatment and reuse in municipal, agricultural and a variety of industrial sectors in Europe and MENA.

The objective of the BioNexGen project was therefore to develop a new class of functional low fouling membranes for membrane bioreactor technology with high and constant water flux and high rejection of organic pollutants with low molecular weight. The consortium developed a novel single step NF MBR operated with low energy consumption. Small footprint, flexible design, and automated operation make it ideal for localized, decentralized wastewater treatment and recycling in the European and MENA countries. Successful delivery will have a major impact on the competitiveness of the SME partners in the project and the European and MENA MBR market. Furthermore it significantly contributes to scientific and technological cooperation between European and MENA countries in the provision of safe water.

Project duration: 09/2010 - 02/2014
Countries: Egypt, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia

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