Subsidy for innovations in virus detection and water purification


07-10-2020 at 20:00By the editors

The European Union and the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland support innovations in virus detection and water purification. This is a project working on a rapid virus detection test, which can be used in major virus outbreaks such as the current corona pandemic. Another Overijssels project that is being honored concerns an innovation in the field of water purification, in which new techniques are used to purify wastewater from sewage treatment plants to drinking water quality.

Deputy Eddy van Hijum for Europe and Economy: “Innovation is important for the future of SMEs. These projects also make an important contribution to provincial tasks. The VIRAPOC project makes an important contribution to combating the consequences of major virus outbreaks. and limiting the social and economic effects. The NANOX project may eventually be a solution to the drinking water issue in Overijssel. It is important that we take these projects a step further, partly thanks to Europe, and thus contribute to a smart and strong economy in Overijssel “.

Scan virus with a chip

The partners in the VIRAPOC project are developing a “lab-on-a-chip detection platform”. A rapid test for virus detection is being realized using various key technologies (nanotechnology, life sciences, semiconductor and photonics). To avoid major outbreaks when people meet again, it is very important to be able to test quickly to prevent further spread of the virus. It is also important to be able to track down people who carry the virus, but who show little or no symptoms of disease. A quick test can also prevent unnecessary and lengthy isolation or home quarantine. This reduces the impact of local virus outbreaks for both the economy and the individual.

The consortium consists of NYtor (Nijmegen) D’Andrea and Evers Desgin (Enter), Holland Innovative (Enschede) Elect High-Tech Electronics (Weerselo) Micronit Microtechnologies (Enschede). They receive a subsidy of EUR 1,116,194 from the EU and the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel. The total costs are EUR 2,790,486.

Direct reuse of wastewater

The NANOX project focuses on the direct reuse of (treated) wastewater as drinking water, or an equivalent application, so that no or much less groundwater needs to be used. The innovation of this project lies in the combination of the ‘Hollow fiber nanofiltration’ and ‘Advanced UV’ technology. The combination of these techniques, developed by the partners themselves, leads to a greatly improved and sustainable water treatment process for the waste water from sewage treatment plants, or polluted surface water. A robust, controllable and controlled process with a low CO2 footprint, excellent water quality and low chemical consumption. This provides a scalable solution to the global challenges surrounding water quality and quantity.

The consortium consists of: NX Filtration (Enschede), Jotem Water Treatment (Vriezenveen), Van Remmen UV (Wijhe), Demcon (Optiqua) (Enschede) and Saxion (Enschede). They receive a subsidy of 1,156,947 euros from the EU and the Provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland. The total costs amount to 2,706,560 euros.

In addition to the Overijssel projects, two Gelderland projects have also been awarded funding in the field of innovative potato cultivation and electric ground drilling machines.

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