Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.
Screening and utilisation of liquid wastes
The project will develop new treatment methods for liquid waste from the pharmaceutical and fine chemistry industry, in order to contribute to the improvement of water quality and to better utilise the waste for, e.g. denitrification in biological wastewater treatment or for the production of bio-gas.
Wirtschaftswachstum fördern und Arbeitsbedingungen verbessern
Forschung und Entwicklung
- 25 different liquid wastes were characterized, treated and utilized in lab scale
- 3 pharma companies apply screening and treatment methods elaborated by the project
- All intended experiments successfully completed
- National State Institute North
1. Reforms for a knowledge-based economy are at the heart of the EU’s Lisbon Agenda. While Hungary has a tradition of academic research, the country intends to improve its innovation profile through the further development of key technologies. Among these are technology industries in the fields that are also the focus of the Swiss Contribution Call for Proposals for R&D: life sciences and biotechnology, medical technology, material science and nanotechnology, environmental technology and technology of energy-saving and renewed alternative energy resources. The Swiss Contribution offers an opportunity for Swiss and Hungarian research institutions to cooperate and build partnerships for mutual benefit.
2. Screening of toxic liquid wastes from the pharmaceutical industry is a requirement for appropriate treatment before discharge into the sewage. To acquire the necessary technology, it is important to allow the industry in Hungary to fulfil legal obligations as well as to reuse and recycle organic matter.
The goal of the project is to contribute to the better use of liquid industrial wastes by developing methods for its treatment and utilisation.
To achieve this, the project will elaborate selection criteria and methods reflecting degradability and biological utilisation. Appropriate wastes can be utilised as external carbon source for denitrification in biological wastewater treatment plants or for biogas production.
Pharmaceutical and fine chemistry companies, Waterworks and sanitation companies, environmental technology enterprises; research community
The project will develop, in a laboratory setting, selection criteria and new methods for the treatment of liquid waste (distillation and membrane operations, oxidation methods, biological treatment techniques, etc.). The process comprises the determination of biological degradability, measurement of volatile content, its removal, the chemical destruction of toxic materials, and the biological treatment and utilisation as substrate for anaerobic biogas production or as external carbon source for denitrification. After pilot scale experiments, the project will scale-up laboratory processes and then transfer results in case studies to the macro-level.
Schweizer Beitrag an die erweiterte EU
Ausländische staatliche Institution
|Budget||Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF 707'148 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF 609'314|
Phase 1 15.10.2010 - 31.12.2015 (Completed)
Bulgaria: Around 20 projects relating to ecological forestry, farming and waste management, social inequalities and regional disparities, innovative buildings and materials, and drug development.
Hungary: 6 projects relating to the environment, health, the disposal of special waste, energy conversion, and academic training. The six projects are already underway.
Lithuania: Around 25 projects relating to climate science and technology, healthcare and life sciences, as well as natural science.
Poland: Around 40 projects relating to information and communication technology, renewable energy, nanotechnology, healthcare, and the environment.
Romania: Around 30 projects relating to sustainable energy, economic growth, social inequality, plus the impact of litter and waste on the environment and climate.
Cooperation in Research
Thanks to the research funds in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Hungary, Swiss research institutes and institutions in the partner countries can carry out joint research projects. The total funds for research partnerships amount to just under CHF 60 million.
The new EU member states are making great efforts to strengthen their potential in research and development. However, these countries face several obstacles in trying to establish a knowledge-based economy. There is often a lack of infrastructure and equipment, or the institutional structures and international networking may be in need of improvement.
Swiss research programmes in Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Romania will help promote these countries as locations for research. They will also intensify relationships with Switzerland in the scientific arena and make research careers more attractive for young academics.
Support from Switzerland as a centre of research
As a research location with significant technology exports and knowledge transfer, Switzerland has a lot to offer. Under the auspices of these programmes, Swiss research institutions are cooperating with foreign partners on research projects, the results of which help strengthen the research centres in the respective countries and their cooperation with Switzerland.
In addition to developing projects together, the research programmes offer scientists from the respective countries a unique opportunity to share research findings, to identify possible avenues for closer international cooperation and to explore investment and business opportunities.
Targeted promotion of various research disciplines in the individual countries
In total Switzerland has committed some CHF 60 million to supporting research in the five countries. The number of planned projects varies from country to country. A total of around 120 projects will be supported, and their results will be published. The projects are assigned to various predefined categories agreed with the countries on the basis of criteria that will ensure optimum promotion as a research location. Joint research projects will be carried out in the following areas: