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University of Patras, Greece

MisstowThe University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 as a self-administered academic institution under the supervision of the Greek Government. It was established primarily with the intention to concentrate on science, technology, economics, business administration and social sciences. Today the University of Patras remains one of the best known Universities in Greece with great reputation among the International and European Scientific community, which justifies the vision and mission of its establishment. The University of Patras has participated in more than 3,000 European projects up to date and manages more than 20 million euros per year from these projects. From 2004 to 2007 UPatras participated in projects (FP6 calls) of STREP, CA, IP, NoE, SSA and Marie Curie.

The Department of Chemical Engineering, of the University of Patras/School of Engineering (DCEUP), was founded in 1977 and since then, it has been committed to teaching and research of international standards. The Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technology (LBEET) of DCEUP participates in MISSTOW.

LBEET is carrying out research on modeling, design, optimization and control of bioprocesses with special emphasis on Environmental Protection, Energy and Materials Recovery from wastes.

The current research interests of LBEET focus on the development of innovative or improved environmental technologies for the management of liquid and solid wastes. In the development of integrated management of wastes with high organic content, special emphasis is given on the application of biological processes for the recycling/exploitation of the organic fraction of municipal solid wastes, on recovery/utilization of its calorific potential and on valorization of organic wastes though their bioconversion to liquid and gaseous biofuels or added-value products (e.g. bio-plastics, bio-surfactants, bio-plasticizers etc). The current emphasis has been on bioethanol production for valorization of the organic fraction of municipal solid wastes (OFMSW), aerobic composting and vermicomposting for stabilization/recycling of sludges and agro-residues, anaerobic digestion for biogas production from MSW and agroindustrial wastes and bioplastics production from olive mill wastewaters. In this framework, co-digestion and valorization of agroindustrial wastes (olive mill wastewaters, cheese whey, piggery and cow manure, agricultural residues etc) has been extensively studied in LBEET in both laboratory and pilot two-stage systems (separate acidogenic and methanogenic reactors). LBEET is also using modern environmental tools and techniques such as Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S.) coupled with optimisation methods for developing schemes for the optimal integrated management of municipal solid wastes.

The Head of Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technology Laboratory, Assist. Prof. Michael Kornaros, has a vast experience in developing niche environmental technologies coordinating and participating in numerous environmental projects (EU and Nationally funded projects) such as: LIFE+08: “Development of INTEgrated aGRoIndustrial wASTE management politics maximizing materials recovery and energy exploitation (INTEGRASTE)”, Research for the benefit of SMEs : “Development of novel environmentally added-value surfactants and esters by biotechnological processes from fats and oils waste streams (Bio-SURFEST)”, INTERREG IIIA/ Greece – Italy, 2000-2006: “Integrated management of agro-industrial wastewaters in the cross-boundary”; INTERREG III A/ Greece – Italy, 2000-2006: “Realization of Tools for Water Resources Management and Protection of Marine Coastal Ecosystems - GoW”; INTERREG IIIA/ Greece – Italy, 2000-2006: “Olive Mills: Actions for popularization and dissemination of innovative and previously existing scientific and technical knowledge regarding environmentally friendly methods for their wastewater treatment - POPULAR”; INTERREG IIIA/ Greece – Italy, 2000-2006: “Development of a viable and integrated system of biodiesel production from energy crops and exploitation of byproducts - BIOSIS”; European Social Fund (ESF) – (COOP-CT-2005-032967); “Bioprocessing of sewage sludge for safe recycling on agricultural land - BIOWASTE”; European Social Fund (ESF) - (QLKS-CT2002-01138) “Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates from olive oil mils wastewater - POLYVER”.


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co-funded under the CIP Eco-innovation initiative

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Project full title : Mobile Integrated Sustainable System for Treatment of Organic Wastewater
Project acronym : MISSTOW
Contract no. : ECO/10/277241/SI2.599970
Start date of the project : 01/08/2011
Duration : 36 months

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The MISSTOW (Mobile Integrated Sustainable System for Treatment of Organic Wastewater) project is co-funded under the CIP Eco-innovation initiative.
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