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Symbiotic, circular bioremediation systems and biotechnology solutions for improved environmental, economic and social sustainability in pollution control

Eutrophication as well as accumulation of organic pollutants and heavy metals are the major challenges for all European seas. Furthermore, the recovery of raw materials (i.e. phosphorus, metals) from the marine environment has a growing interest in the recent years. This project (SYMBIOREM) will be the first to develop an integrated remediation and valorisation technology for nutrient and metals-rich marine sediments: a cascade bioreactor system that remediates PAH while also recovering phosphorus and metals from highly polluted marine sediments. By investigating microbiome exploitation potentials, SYMBIOREM also fills key knowledge gaps needed for successful biostimulation and bioaugmentation strategies to be applied successfully to European seas.

Link to SYMBIOREM website


Universidad del Pais Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain
Brunel University London, United Kingdom
Fundacion Gaiker, Spain
Alchemia-Nova GmbH, Austria
Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy We Wroclawiu, Polen
Greenovate! Europe, Belgium
Atlantis Perivallon Kai Kainotomia Limited, Cyprus
Fontana Identity and Design, Belgium
TechForce Innovations BV, Nehterlands
Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita di Bologna, Italy
Business Upper Austria - OO Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH, Austria
Thames21 Limited, United Kingdom
Iragaz Watin S.A., Spain
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Esterhazy Betriebe GmbH, Austria
Californa State University, Fresno, United States


Funding agency: European Commission, Horizon Europe

Total budget: 792 388 Euro

Project period

September 2022 - September 2026

Project Coordinator

KTH Researchers

Frederico Marques Penha
Frederico Marques Penha assistant professor +4687906412 Profile