Heavy metal pollution is one of the most important environmental problems today even threatening human life. A large number of industries produce and discharge wastes containing different heavy metals into the environment which do not comply with current EU directives. BIOMETAL DEMO project aims at demonstrating the feasibility of the application of novel biotechnological techniques for the treatment of metal polluted wastewaters though the development of three pilot plants to be implemented in three metal polluting representative industries which are a mine, an electroplating and a ceramic tile company.
Actual metal treatment technologies implemented in polluting industries fail to comply with the reduction of metal concentration required by the EU for wastewater treatments. For this reason, new technologies will be developed to overcome this problem.
The biotechnologies that will be evaluated in BIOMETAL DEMO project, to assess their feasibility of application for the biological rehabilitation of representative industrial wastewaters contaminated with heavy metals, will be: