The COMPOCLEAN project: compost enriched with microorganisms for soil decontamination, is an experimental development project that the GESREMAN Company plans to carry out with the expert scientific support of several universities and other scientific and technical services.
The proposed project is a research and development and innovation project which falls within the bio-economy area of the Smart Specialisation Strategy RIS3-CLM RETO. The aim of the project is to take organic waste as a by-product, convert it into a specific type of compost which as a bioproduct can then be used to decontaminate soil. The compost will be enriched with microbial consortia selected to increase the effectiveness of the bioremediation treatments.
Hence, the research is geared towards acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for the company to generate new products and services/processes within the emerging yet unstoppable bio-economy market.
The project should result in a new product/service which would enable the company to competitively position itself within the current market for soil decontamination treatments. The treatments are interesting because they are less costly and less harmful to the environment than those ordinarily used (physical, chemical or a combination of the two).
Furthermore, soil decontamination and the recovery and rehabilitation of the soil as suitable ground for plant growth is one way of positively affecting climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a particular area of emphasis in the European Commission’s Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection.
TOTAL INVESTMENT: €40,800
GRANT AWARDED: €18,360