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Subcontractors sought for tailormade, natural, ecological solutions for water pollution abatement and soil/sludge remediation from Slovenia

Country of origin:
Country: 
SLOVENIA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOSI20190326001
Published
01/04/2019
Last update
23/09/2019
Expiration date
17/09/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Sound Engineering/Technology
Engineering services
Consulting services
Other services (not elsewhere classified)
Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.
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Summary

Summary: 
A small company from Slovenia is offering services for treatment, abatement and remediation of polluted waters and soil/sludge based on natural, tailormade ecological solutions. Their services entail all steps from early research to implementation of the chosen solution, applying co-natural ecosystems for environmental protection and restoration. They wish to establish international partnerships through subcontraction.

Description

Description: 

The Slovenian company consists of an interdisciplinary expert team of professionals combining knowledge of biology, agronomy and civil engineering to provide tailormade solutions. They are looking to forge subcontracting coopreation with local experts, who understand nature based solutions.

The company uses applied ecology and engages in research, development and application of natural ecosystems for protection and restoration of the environment. From early research in the field of water ecosystems to the development of constructed wetlands for waste water treatment, the company offers services for tackling different environmental problems using co-natural approaches. Their solutions for environment rehabilitation and protection are based on holistic ecosystem functioning and are called ecoremediations.

Products and services are already applied internationally. Their research experience and team capacities make them an eligible partner for several organisations and knowledge providers.

Their services encompass:
- wetland construction;
- sewage sludge treatment;
- co-natural sanitation of landfills;
- protection of waterbodies based on nature based solutions
- biological minimum flow calculation,
- environmental education;
- environmental management services for the application of sustainable solutions.

Constructed wetlands are suitable for the purification of wastewaters from:
- individual homes,
- group of buildings or smaller settlements,
- tourist and ecological farms,
- camp sites,
- food-processing industrial facilities,
- municipal and industrial landfills (leachate),
- non-point pollution sources (storm water runoffs from urban and street areas; agriculture).

Their sewage sludge treatment is based on a passive technology of reed beds enabling dehydration, mineralisation and stabilisation of sludge from wastewater treatment plants, using only natural processes. This technology provides treatment of different types of sewage and industrial sludge, which can be stored in the reed beds between 8 to 10 years. Due to parallel operation of physical (drying) and biological processes (mineralisation), the treatment results in significant sludge volume reduction. The sludge no longer contains pathogen organisms and is therefore stabilised.

Co-sanitation of landfills is mostly applied in municipal waste landfills, as a combination of a constructed wetland and an evapotranspiration filter. Leachate water is purified through the constructed wetland and on the vegetated cover of the landfill. Such a combination ensures faster decomposition and stabilisation of deposited waste thus enabling reuse of the site.

Water source management consists of adaptation to the natural balance of water ecosystems, as the use of waters is tightly connected to their quality. Water management is always subject to different interests and circumstances – urban use of space, agriculture, traffic, non-constructed public sewage network. All these activities have a negative effect on water quality. Multipurpose use of predominantly standing waters can be achieved by preventive measures in catchment areas.

They developed their own methodology for biological minimum flow calculation, which can be adapted to indiviual national standard requirements.

Public awareness raising on the importance of environmental protection is crucial for sustainable development. Knowledge transfer to local level is an important part of implementation of their ecoremediation solutions.

They are engaged in research, development and application of co-natural ecosystems for protection and the restoration of the environment. They desire to expand their international partnerships.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
Constructed wetlands enable waste water treatment using plants, without electrical energy. Its advantages are simple use, low maintenance costs and natural look. Their technology for sewage sludge treatment enables long-term and sustainable storage of sludge with low operating and maintenance costs. It can completely replace dehydration which currently represents significant cost on existing wastewater treatment plants. The end result of the process is a compost-like soil that can be reused as fertilizer in agriculture, cover layer for landfills or construction material. Natural sanitation of landfills is a cost-efficient, which is environmentally friendly towards ecosystem and landscaping. Planned selection of trees, their planting and area maintenance supports long-term biomass harvest. Services for water body management control nutrient balance (limiting eutrophication), prevent filling and sedimentation of deposits, prevent contamination of water bodies with poisonous substances and maintain natural balance of lake ecosystems. They search for the most appropriate solutions according to the environmental issue being tackled..

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
The company is looking for organisations who offer services working on similar projects, which could serve as regional partners, that are local experts familiar with their environmental conditions and nature based solutions. The technologies are provided by the client, and adapted to local conditions in collaboration with local experts joining forces with local landscapers and designers. They wish to expand their international activities

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The client is looking for regional partners, organisations offering services employing local experts familiar with their environmental conditions and nature based solutions. The technologies are provided by the client, and adapted to local conditions in collaboration with local experts joining forces with local landscapers and designers. They are commited to solving each given task with and individual and holistic approach which results in ecoremediation solutions being sustainable and economically viable and are looking to expand their international partnerships.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,University,Inventor,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500