Welcome to the Next Air Biotreat Project!
NEXT AIR BIOTREAT is a project funded by the European Commission within the Marie Curie Industry and Academia Partnerships & Pathways (IAPP) progamme, involving three institutions. This includes Pure Air Solutions from The Netherlands, a highly innovative company providing new technologies for air pollution treatment; Exel Composites from Belgium, one of the world’s leading companies in composite products for various industrial applications, and the Research Group of Environmental Engineering of the University of Valencia in Spain, specialists in the field of biotreatment of polluted air.
The project will focus on advancing a biological system that uses clean and natural processes to remove VOCs. Concerning the objective to reduce VOC (volatile organic compounds) emission as cost-effectively and environmentally-friendly as reasonably possible, biological air treatment has an emergent potential. This is valid not only for a large number of European companies with VOC emissions, but also for the European Union itself. In comparison with conventional technologies biological VOC treatment is economically beneficial, it contributes to a lower ecological footprint and implies a reduction of CO2, thus adding value to the EU policy to reduce VOC emissions as well as its objective to minimise the impact of climate change.
The project with a runtime from October 2011 until September 2015 will offer 18 researchers the possibility to move sector and country in order to provide, absorb and implement new knowledge in a professional industrial-academic environment. The principal challenge we would like to address that of enhancing biological air treatment and bringing it to the next level of air pollution control.
As an important result of this project has started the project TrainonSEC where the University of Valencia and Pure Air Solutions are collaborating again giving the opportunity to 4 early stage researchers and advanced training to carry out their PhDs in the area of Clean Technology. This is a project funded by the European Commission within the Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate (EID) programme.