PRIME - Platform for Remediation and Innovation in Environmental Metrology

The objective for all the PRIME platforms is to develop services in environmental metrology based on the understanding and quantification of reactive transport processes of pollutants in soils, sub-soils, sediments and aquifers.

Water Types

drinking water from the local network
ground water (untreated) extracted onsite
facilities enabling study of wastewaters to be brought on site

Technologies

physico-chemical treatment (not ozone)
biological treatment: bioreactor
combined treatment (to mimic in situ treatment): percolation devices on different sets of matrices
tailored  prototype treatment ; possibility to assemble new devices

Analytical equipment

Full range of equipment (e.g., ICP/MS, LC/MS, GC/MS) for analysis of organic & inorganic substances, incl. emerging micropollutants. Equipment for mineral characterization. Microbiology, molecular biology and isotopic analysis. Online instruments to measure physico-chemical parameters: pH, Eh, T°, Pressure, salinity, titrators

Technology Readiness Level

Basic principles observed
Technology concept formulated
Experimental proof of concept
Technology validated in lab
Technology validated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
Technology demonstrated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
System prototype demonstration in operational environment
System complete and qualified
Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing in the case of key enabling technologies; or in space)

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Interreg North-West Europe