Meet the Team: SIMAM

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15 February, 2024


What are your main tasks in the project?

In PROMISCES, SIMAM is involved in Work Package 4, with particular reference to Case Study 4: Innovative landfill leachate treatment to enable resource recovery from wastewater treatment plants. Here, we provide our consolidated experience in the definition of the treatment schemes and subsequent realization of plants that are customized for each specific case. For the PROMISCES Case Study 4, a Reverse Osmosis/Nanofiltration (RO/NF) pilot plant has been defined, designed and installed by SIMAM in Jesy (Marche Region, Italy). This pilot plant will be used to carry out the experimental phase where UNIVPM, in cooperation with SIMAM, will quantify PFAS removal differences in RO/NF treatment. SIMAM also collaborates with UNIVPM for the implementation of a lab-scale co-pyrolysis treatment and in evaluating a feasibility assessment of the unit up-scaling for a potential large-scale application.


What are your goals?

In PROMISCES, our goal is to assess the destination of PFAS and PM(T) in the leachate and other industrial matrices to evaluate the removal potential under different operational conditions carried out with the RO/NF pilot plant. To reach this goal, we are providing our experience in the leachate treatment and our expertise in the definition of the more suitable treatment schemes and operational conditions.


What do you particularly like about the project?

We particularly like that PROMISCES addresses PFAS issues in various aspects: The project not only focuses on pollution sources and potential treatment, but also on analytical methods to explore the quantification of forever chemicals in the different existing matrices. Moreover, the problem of PFAS is increasingly relevant and is receiving significant attention, therefore it is very important to investigate and define efficient and effective ways to remove them from the various environmental matrix.


How does your work help the general public?

Our work contributes to reach the goals of the European Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan by designing and validating technological and management solutions that minimize the presence of and the risks that derive from PFAS and persistent mobile chemicals in the treated leachate. This will also contribute to develop and consolidate more and more circular economy practices.