Project: Validation of the MIP-IN concept under different conditions and environments

The current project proposal is related to in-situ groundwater and soil remediation, where substances (reagents) are injected in the subsurface to stimulate removal of pollutants. These removal processes may be physicochemical or biological, and the associated reagents comprise chemical oxidants (permanganate, persulphate, …), chemical reductants (zerovalent iron, …) and biodegradation stimulating agents (nutrients, electron donor, micro-organisms). A number of challenges are associated with the in-situ delivery of these reagents at and to bring an appropriate concentration in contact with the pollution._x000D__x000D_Within the FP7 research project UPSOIL (GA No 226956), an idea was explored related to the development of an innovative device (MIP-IN) and innovative associated remediation approach, which can make in-situ remediation more attractive and efficient. The newly developed MIP-IN will combine (1) detection of pollutants by for instance a membrane interface probe (MIP) and (2) a simultaneous correlated injection (IN) during direct push of the device using a Geoprobe®. The MIP-IN device is the basis for a new detection-injection technology with the CO advantage of the nearly simultaneous coupling of detection of pollutants at a certain depth and injection of a suitable amount of reactive agent. In this way, the injected reagent is more targeted towards the real location of the pollution with reduced remediation time and cost. In addition, non-contaminated aquifer is not exposed to the reagents resulting in less impact on the soil matrix. CO advantages of the MIP-In technology are: a higher success rate of the remediation, less reactive product needed, and the generation of a lot of field data which allow a better conceptual field model of the contamination, and subsequently, a more precise remediation plan and more cost efficient. _x000D__x000D_To protect the MIP-IN invention, a patent (WO 2012/123518) has been jointly filed by Ejlskov (Denmark) and VITO (Belgium), CO participant and subcontractor in the current proposal, respectively. Within the FP7 UPSOIL project, a first MIP-IN device has been designed and constructed by Ejlskov, and permanganate was injected as a first test trial. Besides Ejlskov and VITO, also Ecorem (Belgium) and Dekonta (Czech Republic), both participants in the current project proposal, were involved. The results were promising and showed that the MIP-IN device, once further developed and optimised, has potential for successful introduction into the market._x000D__x000D_The CO goal of the current EUROSTARS project proposal, is (1) to improve the MIP-IN device and collect test data that are required to built a prototype MIP-IN device, (2) to validate the MIP-IN device in relevant environments and define the boundary conditions, and (3) to develop an innovative MIP-IN based remediation strategy that closely interacts with the site investigation, comprising a model fro 3-D representations of the MIP data. _x000D__x000D_The EUROSTARS MIP-IN consortium consists of Ejlskov (Denmark-SME-contractor) as CO participant, Dekonta (Czech Republic-SME-contractor) and Ecorem (Belgium-Consultant) as participants, and VITO (Belgium-Research Institute), Geosonda (Belgium-contractor) and LN-Informatik (Denmark-SME) as subcontractors. All Ps are complementary and have a clearly defined function in the project for further development of the MIP-IN device and data processing/modelling (Ejlskov, LN-Informatik with advising input from others), validation of the MIP-IN in the field in different hydrogeological conditions in Denmark (Ejlskov), Czech Republic (Dekonta, Ejlskov) and Belgium (Ecorem, Geosonda, Ejlskov, VITO), development of the MIP-IN implemetation strategy (Ejlskov, Dekonta, Ecorem, VITO), and activities towards exploitation (Ejlskov, Dekonta & VITO, with input from others) and general project management (Ejlskov supported by VITO, input from all Ps)._x000D__x000D_The envisioned market for the MIP-IN device and associated remediation approach is the in-situ groundwater and soil remediation market which is potentially large (estimated to be 125.000 and 187.000 site in Europe). The aim is that with time, the MIP-IN can acquire a 20% market share of the in-situ remediation market, which is estimated to be 50% of the remediation market. All Ps aim at an increase in clients when focusing on the MIP-IN technology, resulting in an increased annual turn-over (3-20 %) and employment (2-27 %)._x000D__x000D_

Acronym MIP-IN (Reference Number: 8246)
Duration 01/09/2013 - 31/10/2015
Project Topic The development of an innovative device (MIP-IN) and application approach for groundwater and soil remediation is proposed. The in-situ technology combines detection of pollutants and simultaneous injections of reagents.
Network Eurostars
Call Eurostars Cut-Off 10

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
3 Ejlskov A/S Coordinator Denmark
3 DEKONTA, a.s. Partner Czech Republic
3 Ecorem plc Partner Belgium