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Meet the Team: Delfland

February 28, 2024

In PROMISCES, Delfland's goal is to obtain a solid sampling and analysis protocol for streams derived from the wastewater treatment process, such as sludge, struvite and effluent. They also aim to provide an open access course with accessible information for involved but not yet informed colleagues working in the water cycle. Why is this so important? Read more in the interview!

 

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Successful kick-off meeting for CEN Workshop Agreement on “Soil-sediment-water system - Solutions to deal with PMT/vPvM substances”

February 15, 2024

The initial meeting for the CEN Workshop Agreement on "Soil-sediment-water system - Solutions to deal with PMT/vPvM substances” took place. About 30 participants had a chance to get a deeper insight on what the CWA is about, an overview about the involved projects and what is awaitng them during this process.

 

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Meet the Team: SIMAM

February 15, 2024

In PROMISCES, SIMAM is contributing to Case Study 4. Here, they are not only contributing with their experience in the definition of the treatment schemes and subsequent realization of customized plants. SIMAM also defined, designed and installed a Reverse Osmosis/Nanofiltration (RO/NF) pilot plant. This will be used to carry out the experimental phase that will quantify PFAS removal differences in RO/NF treatment. Read more about their work in the interview.

 

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Local Stakeholder Workshop for the Besòs River Basin

January 18, 2024

Together with the PROMISCES partners from EURECAT and Consorci Besòs Tordera, we initiated the co-creation of a zero-pollution strategy. On November 28, 2023, a group of over 25 local stakeholders in the water reuse realm gathered for a first workshop near Barcelona. They were from many different fields, but had one objective: To develop a system-wide, zero-pollution strategy to support the use of reclaimed water for agricultural irrigation.

 

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Meet the Team: SinapTec

January 17, 2024

In PROMISCES, SinapTec is involved in Work Package 3 which aims to degrade PFAS compounds. One of their tasks is to design ultrasonic systems that can offer a chemical effect on PFAS. What else do they do in PROMISCES? What are their goals? And why are ultrasonic systems so important? Read more in the interview.

 

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Review Meeting in Berlin

July 24, 2023

From July 11-12, 2023, the PROMISCES partners met in Berlin for the Review Meeting. Read here what we did, besides presenting the project results from the first 18 month.

 

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Stormwater runoff & PFAS - installation of sampling equipment at the Berlin case study site

July 3, 2023

To prepare for the PFAS and iPMT compound monitoring in stormwater runoff starting in spring 2023, a team from Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin (KWB) and Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB) recently installed the sampling and measuring devices on site in Berlin.

 

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Assessment of PFAS pathways during landfill leachate treatment

July 3, 2023

Partners of the Italian cluster of the EU project PROMISCES are focusing their research activities on the investigation of the removal of PFAS during conventional and advanced treatments of landfill leachate to assess possible pathways for environment contamination. Particularly, new technological solutions will be developed to completely eliminate these compounds from solid and liquid matrices.

 

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Chemical treatment technology selection for the degradation of halogenated pollutants and PFAS in groundwater

July 3, 2023

Aquifers are very important as source of drinking water. However, they often suffer from overexploitation and/or chemical contamination. In PROMISCES Case Study 7 (Remediation of groundwater in Spain) addresses this issue in two independent sites situated in the north of Spain.

 

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Latest evolution of chemical and toxicological analysis methodologies

July 3, 2023

Work Package (WP) 1 will develop and validate chemical and toxicological methods and strategies for the implementation in PROMISCES activities. In the initial phase, the partners from WP 1 focused on implementing the essential components of the analytical methods required for the project.

 

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New portal on PFAS and PMT substitution

July 3, 2023

Since 2013, Ineris has hosted the “Chemicals substitution” website substitution.ineris.fr. This website provides support to economic operators engaged in a substitution approach and promotes the dissemination of information and relevant tools. It has now been extended with a portal on PFAS and PMT (persistent, mobile and toxic substances) substitution.

 

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Meet the Team: INERIS

June 16, 2023

INERIS is the co-leader of Work Package 5 and is therefore working on the Decision Support Framework which maps PMTs, offers solutions at different places in the PM(T) life cycle and supports co-creation of risk management strategies for different PM(T)-use combinations. They are also contributing to Work Package 1 which develops a novel QSAR modelling. What are their goals? And how does their work help the general public? Find out in the interview!

 

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Meet the Team: Università Politecnica delle Marche

May 25, 2023

As leader of two Case Studies, UNIVPM has several tasks in PROMISCES. But their goal is clear: To develop innovative technological approaches to avoid the spreading of PFAS so that construction material as well as water and sludge for the agriculture can be reused. Find out more about UNIVPMs tasks an read the wohle interview!

 

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Assessing the toxicity of PFAS and other PMT substances

May 22, 2023

In PROMISCES, the German Environment Agency (Umwelt Bundesamt – UBA) has the task of assessing the toxicity of PFAS and other PMT substances. This is important e.g. for the other PROMISCES partners for evaluating the successes of their water treatment in the case studies. For the toxicological assessment, the UBA has drawn up a list of relevant chemicals. In the end, 44 PFAS, 3 PFAS mixtures and 17 PMT substances were selected

 

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Towards higher scientific validity and regulatory acceptance of predictive models for PFAS

May 19, 2023

There are nearly 5000 PFAS that have been registered and/or produced, resulting in their widespread presence in the environment. But what impact do these chemicals have on human health and the environment? And how can this impact be assessed? QSARLab wants to find out more and has analzyed 38 in silico QSAR/QSPR models in a study

 

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Meet the Team: IDAEA-CSIC

May 11, 2023

One of IDAEA-CSIC's goals is to make the reuse of treated wastewater a safe and regular practice. In PROMISCES, they contribute to Case Study 3 and 7, for example by evaluating new treatments for elimination of industrial pollutants, including PFAS and organochlorine solvents, from water. Read the whole interview to find out more about their goals and their work in PROMISCES.

 

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Meet the Team: eurecat

April 20, 2023

In PROMISCES, eurecat is working on case study 3 and case study 7. Therefore, they have two goals: to reuse wastewater in such a way that it can be used to irrigate crops and to develop innovative and sustainable technologies to depollute groundwater and wastewater. How does this contribute to stop restrictions on water consumption in dry areas? And why are quality requirements for groundwater so important? Read the whole interview to find out more.

 

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Meet the Team: Umwelt Bundesamt

March 30, 2023

The German Environment Agency (Umwelt Bundesamt) wants to protect drinking water by providing a more sensitive and robust toxicity assessment of PFAS and PM(T) substances. How do they want to reach this goal? And why is this so important? Read the interview to learn more about their work within PROMISCES and how they support the 6 case studies.

 

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Steering Committee in Ancona

March 29-31, 2023

From 29-31 March 2023, the PROMISCES partners came together in Ancona (Italy) for the Steering Committee. The Meeting was organized by our partners from Università Politecnica delle Marche. What did we do there? What were the results? Read our report!

 

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Meet the Team: RIVM

March 16, 2023

RIVM, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, is the co-leader of WP2 and WP5. In this function, they have many different tasks. They work, e.g., on in silico approaches for the assessment of properties of PM(T) substances and help developing a dicision support framework for the risk management of PM(T) substances. Read the interview to learn more about RIVM’s tasks and their role in the project.

 

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Meet the Team: QSAR Lab

March 9, 2023

QSAR Lab aims to improve the risk assessment of PFAS and other PM(T) substances. To reach this goal, they develop computational methods for monitoring PFAS in the environment and managing the risk they pose for the environment and human health. How do these methods work? And how do they improve the risk assessment? Find out in our interview with QSAR Lab.

 

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Meet the Team: TU Wien

March 2, 2023

One problem with PFAS and other persistent and mobile chemicals is that there is only little knowledge about them. Therefor, the goal of TU Wien within PROMISCES is to provide a knowledge base to control pollution levels in rivers that are a source for drinking water. How do they do this? And what other tasks does TU Wien have in the project? Read the whole interview.

 

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Meet the Team: French Geological Survey (BRGM)

February 16, 2023

As coordinator of PROMISCES, BRGM is involved in different tasks within the project such as developing analytical methods for the determination of PFAS. They are also the leader for the case study on PFAS fate and transport to groundwater from AFFF (aqueous fire-fighting foam). What other tasks does BRGM have? What do they like about the project? Read more in our interview.

 

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Meet the Team: DECHEMA e.V.

February 2, 2023

As the leader of Work Package 6, DECHEMA e.V. is responsible for the communication, dissemination and exploitation of the project’s results to the identified target groups. They also support the other partners in dealing with stakeholder engagement. Read the whole interview to learn more about how DECHEMA communicates for PROMISCES and how communication helps to improve the health of citizens and the environment.

 

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Meet the Team: Consorci Besòs Tordera (CBT)

January 19, 2023

CBT is involved in Case Study 3 aiming to promote the water reuse in the Besòs river basin, for example for field irrigation. Therefore, CBT is involved in different tasks such as taking samples to detect contaminants and analyze the water quality. Read more in this interview about how CBT’s work in PROMISCES helps fighting the restrictions in the use of drinking water in Catalonia.

 

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Meet the Team: Berliner Wasserbetriebe

January 5, 2023

From developing and refining analytical methods to detect industrial chemicals to the monitoring of wastewater treatment plants and urban runoff: The Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB) have many different tasks within PROMISCES. In this interview, we talked with BWB not only about their tasks but also about their goals, the project and how they are helping to improve the safety of drinking water ressources.

 

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Meet the Team: Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin gGmbH

December 6, 2022

KWB is the leader for Work Package 4, but is also involved in many other Work Packages.Their goal is to improve understanding of the fate and transport of the compounds in urban water cycles - not only for Berlin, but also for other cities with semi-closed water cycles or cities that want to reuse water. 

 

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Kick-off Meeting

November 15-16, 2021

The European Green deal project PROMISCES officially started on 1 November 2021. A kick-off meeting was held in Paris on 15-16 November 2021 hosted by IPGP. 50 people attended with additonal 60 colleagues connected online to discuss on how to make a zero pollution circular economy become reality.

 

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