Consortium of companies ENVIT Ltd. and ARHEL Ltd. was selected for Phase 1 contractor of POSIDON PCP tender.
POSIDON is a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 776838. POSIDON challenge is to address the lack of public demand driven innovation in the soil decontamination sector in Europe. This is needed to close the gap between supply and demand for innovative solutions. Pre-commercial procurement (PCP) has the potential to be an effective demand side innovation action par excellence. The common challenge faced by the POSIDON buyers’ group is identifying a soil (and eventually groundwater) remediation new, life-cycle, cost-effective technology, preferred as in-situ (and eventually on-site), to be capable to decontaminate heterogeneous anthropic soils in brownfield, composed by a mixture of industrial waste (like filling soils highly polluted by Petroleum Hydrocarbons) and soils consisting on clays and sands, highly polluted by Petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs and PAHs), and heavy metals.
The R&D is split into 3 phases (solution design, prototyping, original development and testing of a limited set of ‘first’ products or services). Evaluations after each phase progressively identify the solutions that offer the best value for money and meet the customers’ needs. This phased approach allows successful contractors to improve their offers for the next phase based on lessons learnt and feedback from procurers in the previous phase.
Consortium ENVIT – ARHEL offered development of novel two-stage remediation method for sustainable and cost-efficient removal of Pb, As, heavy fractions of petroleum hydrocarbons and PAHs from contaminated soils. Basis for the first phase of the remediation method is ReSoil technology that was demonstrated within LIFE+ project.