COSMOS-RICE

COSMOS-RICE – Colloidal Silica Medium, to Obtain Safe inert, from RICE husk ash – closed

Call for proposal: LIFE+2011

Role: Partner

Responsible for UniBS: Prof. ssa Elza Bontempi – Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Contact: elza.bontempi@unibs.it

Start date 01/01/2013 – End date 31/12/2015

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Abstract

The COSMOS-RICE project originates from a new method to inert fly ash from Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators, with a low temperature process that has been developed by the University of Brescia in a previous LIFE funded project called COSMOS (LIFE/08 ENV/IT/000434). It involved deriving silica gel from rice husk ash and using the gel within a chemical process to make fly ash from municipal solid waste inert. The COSMOS-RICE project aimed to:

  • Demonstrate that using rice husk ash as a precursor for silica leads to lower environmental impacts and economic costs, and that the silica gel can be used to treat fly ash;
  • Evaluate the performance of the new materials obtained by the treatment and also the markets for end products;
  • Reduce the consumption of natural resources, in favour of recycled materials; and
  • Generate new knowledge, by combining the know-how and competence of different researchers and staff from industry.

Participants

  • Centro Servizi Multisettoriale e Tecnologico – CSMT (Coordinator), Italy
  • UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI BRESCIA, Italy
  • CONTENTO TRADE SRL, Italy
  • LOMBARDY REGION, Italy

Total project costs: € 1.337.504,00

EU contribution: € 659.224,00

Overall funding assigned to UniBS: € 326.290,00

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